Walkley Award for CAJ Director

December 15 / 173

Centre for Advancing Journalism Director Dr Margaret Simons has been recognised at the Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism.

Dr Simons and photojournalist Dave Tacon received the Social Equity Journalism Walkley Award for their story 'Fallen Angels: the children left behind by Australian sex tourists', originally published in The Monthly.

The social equity journalism category recognises "the vital role of public service journalism and media reporting which addresses issues relating to social and economic equality, human rights and participatory democracy".

In their comments the Walkley judges said the story was exquisitely written. 

"Exposing an issue many Australians are unaware of, the story reveals significant failures by both the Australian and Filipino authorities,” they wrote.

Read the award-winning story at The Monthly.

Meanwhile, eight Centre for Advancing Journalism students have received honours in the 2015 Ossie Awards.

Named after Osmar S White, the Ossie Awards are organised by the Journalism Education and Research Association. They recognise exemplary journalism undertaken by journalism students in Australia.

More than 150 entries were submitted across the 14 categories, with 23 universities in Australia and New Zealand taking part. All winning stories were originally published in the online CAJ publication The Citizen.

Award winners were:

Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma - Asia Pacific Award

Krati Garg - Protecting the messengers: news groups rethink safety for correspondents on the frontline...and at home

Investigative Journalism (all media) Award

Daryl Holland, Elyas Khan, Keryn Reynolds, Andy Hazel, Ronelle Richards and Scott Tibballs - Family First puts its family front and centre in election push

Mindframe Award

Freddy Woodhouse - Domestic violence: how PTSD can put veterans' familes at risk

Story by Anders Furze


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