Walkley Awards 2017: nominations

Nominees have been announced for this year’s Walkley Awards for Journalism.

ABC dominated the television nominees including 7:30‘s investigation into Cardinal George Pell, Sophie McNeil’s ABC News coverage on Mosul and Chris Uhlmann’s Insiders assessment of President Trump which went viral.

Seven is nominated for Sunday Night and Seven News, Nine gets nods for Nine News‘ Laurie Oakes, A Current Affair and 60 Minutes’ Tara Brown, just a year after her Beirut saga.

But this year the Walkleys has come under fire for removing International News as a stand-alone category.

Winners will be announced on November 29, at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, broadcast live on A-PAC from 8pm AEDT and live-streamed on walkleys.com and a-pac.tv.

TV and related nominees:

Television/Video: Camerawork
Daniel Fallshaw, Guardian Australia, “The Fight”
Aaron Hollett, ABC TV Four Corners, “Highway to Hell – The Battle for Mosul”
Aaron Smith, TheAustralian.com.au, “The Queen & Zak Grieve – Eps 1, 3 & 6”

Television/Video: News Reporting
Sophie McNeill, 7pm news, ABC TV, “Mosul coverage”
Sally Sara, ABC News, “Six Days in Somaliland”
Bryan Seymour and Megan Miller, Seven News, Seven Network, “Australia’s Child Brides”

Television/Video Current Affairs Short (Less Than 20 Minutes)
Dimity Clancey, A Current Affair, Nine Network, “Malcolm Naden Confession”
Matt Doran, Sunday Night, Seven Network, “Haiti Undercover”
Nathan Morris, ABC News, ABC TV and ABC Online, “The Leonora Undertaker”

Television/Video Current Affairs Long (More Than 20 Minutes)
Tara Brown, Grace Tobin and Sean Power, 60 Minutes, Nine Network, “Bitter Deal”
Winsome Denyer and Sophie McNeill, Australian Story, ABC TV, “Khaled Naanaa – The Road From Damascus”
Kirstin Murray and Roger Carter, Australian Story, ABC TV, “Tough Love”

Investigative Journalism
Linton Besser, Mary Fallon and Lucy Carter, Four Corners , ABC TV and ABC News Online, “Pumped”
Rachael Brown and the Radio National Team, ABC Podcast/ABC Radio, “Trace Podcast”
Adele Ferguson, Sarah Danckert and Klaus Toft, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, “The Retirement Racket”

Commentary, Analysis, Opinion And Critique
Laurie Oakes, Nine News, “Unrivalled Analysis”
John Silvester, The Age and The Saturday Age, “Naked City”
Chris Uhlmann, Insiders, ABC TV, ABC Online & The Australian, “Trumped”

Coverage Of A Major News Event Or Issue
Michael Bachelard and Kate Geraghty, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, “Stories of Mosul”
Louise Milligan, 7.30, ABC TV & Melbourne University Publishing, “George Pell Investigation”
Peter Ryan, AM, PM & The World Today, ABC Radio, ABC News 24 & BBC World Service, “Commonwealth Bank Scandal”

Production
The Australian Digital Team and In Films, The Australian Online, “The Queen & Zak Grieve”
The Fairfax Multimedia Team, theage.com.au, smh.com.au, watoday.com.au and canberratimes.com.au, “Surviving IS: Stories from Mosul”
The Siege Team, Four Corners, ABC TV, “The Siege”

Sports Journalism
Michael Bachelard and Nick McKenzie, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, Fairfax Media, “AOC bullying crisis”
Louise Milligan, Lisa McGregor and Trish Drum, Four Corners, ABC TV, “After The Game”
Jamie Pandaram, The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph, “Western Force saga”

Coverage Of Indigenous Affairs
Jane Bardon, AM & PM, ABC Radio, 7.30 & News 24, ABC TV and ABC Online, “Demanding Justice: Marshall Wallace, BushMob and Stolen Generation 2”
Sarah Dingle and Wendy Carlisle, Background Briefing, Radio National, ABC & ABC Online “Death in Kalgoorlie”
Calla Wahlquist, Guardian Australia, “ Three deaths in WA”

Innovation
Rachael Brown, Jeremy Story Carter and Jesse Cox, ABC, “Trace”
Nick Evershed and Ash Jonceski, Guardian Australia, “Stories from the Census”
Ella Rubeli and SBS Online team, SBS Online, “K’gari”

Craig McPherson, Seven’s Director of News and Public Affairs, said: “Determination and devotion best sums up the Seven News and Sunday Night nominations. Australia’s child brides was a 12 months battle to get to air, requiring exhaustive FOIs and then further legal challenges to expose what is happening. Bryan and Megan drove it from start to end with help from 7 News colleagues across three states.

Sunday Night’s Matt Doran spent eight months working with the US state and federal authorities to expose the heinous child sex slavery operation in Haiti. Matt went undercover to get inside the centre of the dangerous cartel. This extraordinary investigation culminating in a dramatic high seas sting, bringing down the human trafficking syndicate. More importantly his personal crusade was instrumental in the direct rescue of 30 children.”

“I am delighted for all our finalists, and proud of the excellent and meaningful work they deliver to Australian audiences,” said ABC News Director Gaven Morris.

“The range of categories represented here shows the breadth and depth of the quality journalism we do every day.”

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