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Walkley Awards (1956 - )

From
1956
Occupations
Award
Website
http://www.walkleys.com/

Summary

Established in 1956, the annual Walkley Awards recognize excellence in Australian journalism across all mediums including print, television, radio, photographic and online media. The prestigious Gold Walkley is considered the pinnacle of journalistic achievement.

Details

The Walkleys were established in 1956, with five categories, by Ampol Petroleum founder Sir William Gaston Walkley. William Walkley appreciated the media's support for his oil exploration efforts. He envisaged awards that recognised emerging talent in the Australian media. Since then, winning stories have chronicled Australia's history, people and events.

Upon his death, the awards were bequeathed to the-then Australian Journalists' Association (now the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance). The Association and, from 1990, the Alliance remained proud custodian of the awards for many years. In 2000, the Alliance voted to formally establish the awards as the Walkley Foundation for Journalism.

The Walkley Foundation's aims and objectives are to organise, administer and promote the Walkley Awards as well as continuing to advance the interests of professional and ethical journalism in Australia.

Today, the Walkleys has grown to more than 30 award categories with an estimated 1000 entries pouring in each year as journalists around the country aspire for the pinnacle of Australian journalistic achievement.

Jan Mayman, Janey Hawley, Monica Attard, Mary Delahunty, Jill Singer, Jennie Brockie, Sue Spencer, Catherine Martin, Mary-Louise O'Callaghan, Pamela Williams, Deborah Richards, Anne Connolly, Anne Davie and Kate McClymont have all won Gold Awards.

Events

1956 -
Inaugural Walkley Awards

Sources used to compile this entry: 'History', Website of the Walkley Awards, http://www.walkleys.com/the-awards/winners/history.html, [accessed 2008-05-20].

Related entries

Awardee

Related Women

  • Singleton, Jane

    Jane Singleton was a Walkley Award judge in the mid 1980s. She has also been a member of the Walkley Advisory Board.

Archival resources

Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales

  • Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (Australia) - records of the W.G. Walkley Awards, 1956 - 1999, 1956 - 1999, MLMSS 6898; Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (Australia); Australian Journalists' Association; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

National Film and Sound Archive

  • ABC RADIO NEWS. 2001 : WOOMERA DETENTION CENTRE RIOTS, 2001, 587420-1; WALKLEY AWARDS . 2001 : RADIO NEWS REPORTING. WINNER : WOOMERA DETENTION CENTRE RIOTS; Haxton, Nance, Nance Haxton; Australian Broadcasting Corporation; National Film and Sound Archive. Details
  • ABC RADIO. 2001 : WOOMERA DETENTION CENTRE, 2001, 587446-1; WALKLEY AWARDS. 2001 : ALL MEDIA COVERAGE OF SUBURBAN OR REGIONAL AFFAIRS. FINALIST : WOOMERA DETENTION CENTRE; Haxton, Nance, Nance Haxton; Australian Broadcasting Corporation; National Film and Sound Archive. Details

Nikki Henningham

Site-wide information and acknowledgements

National Foundation for Australian Women The University of Melbourne, eScholarship Research Centre

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