Spotlight on: Liam Mannix

“People turn to facts at big moments, don’t they? They turn to truth and high quality journalism at crucial moments”.

Walkley Foundation
Mar 17 · 9 min read
Liam Mannix at the 2020 Walkley winners dinner. Photo: Adam Hollingworth.

Winner of Print/Text: Feature Writing Short (under 4000 words) at the 2020 Walkley Awards

How does it feel to be recognised by your peers with this kind of award recognition?

How did you first get hold of the story?

Do you find it’s difficult to take quite detailed scientific information and then process it into something that your average reader will want to read and understand?

And it hit the sweet spot in this instance.

What did this story take in terms of time and resources?

What was it that made you want to get into journalism in the first place, and was health and science the beat that you had in mind?

Dad really inspired me because he said, “This work is important. Being a journalist is important. If it’s done well and if it’s done ethically it can make society a better place. It can raise up issues of importance. It can inform discussion. It can give a voice to people who don’t have one.”

What’s your message to the Australian public in general about why quality public interest journalism is perhaps more important than at any time before?

Is there anybody else that you would like to thank?

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