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​Our Watch Award 2015 finalists announced

August 09 2015 By Hannah Grant, media relations officer, Our Watch

Finalists in the 2015 Our Watch Awards have been announced, recognising and rewarding exemplary reporting of violence against women.

Our Watch Chair, Natasha Stott Despoja, said the calibre of the 177 entries for the Awards exceeded expectations. 

“The high number of entries for the inaugural Our Watch Awards heralds a new era in reporting violence against women and children,” she said.

“There are many journalists, editors and news outlets that deserve acknowledgement for their impressive work on this issue. 

“Entries include stories and reports that provide appropriate context as well as referrals for appropriate support services.

“The media play a vital role in shaping community attitudes on matters of public importance, such as violence against women and their children. 

“I look forward to celebrating the finalists and winners at the Our Watch Awards ceremony in September,” said Ms Stott Despoja.

Finalists were selected by an independent panel of media and domestic violence sector representatives.

Finalists, in alphabetic order, are: 

Best use of social media

  • Waleed Aly and Tom Whitty, The Project, Network Ten, “Domestic Violence Funding
  • Clementine Ford, Daily Life, Fairfax Media, “Raising Voices, Raising Courage”
Clementine Ford: Why I used a nude photo to protest Sunrise's victim blaming Facebook post
The Project: We explore the issue of online abuse & speak to Clementine Ford about tackling the problem head on 
#QuestionsForMen: Why I started the pushback against sexist double standards
All Media: Best news coverage
  • Waleed Aly and Tom Whitty, The Project, Network Ten, “Domestic Violence Funding
  • Elissa Doherty and Ellen Whinnett, Herald Sun, “Take a stand”
Andrews Government plans tough new laws to fight family violence
Family of domestic violence victim Rekiah O’Donnell say more must be done to protect women from abuse
Victims warn women of abusive past of domestic violence ‘werewolf’
Premier Daniel Andrews vows tough new laws to stop family violence
  • Jayne Margetts & ABC News Team, ABC TV and ABC Online, “Domestic Violence Education”
Victims speak out about domestic violence to help others
Teenaged victim of domestic violence calls for students to be educated about the problem
The Line domestic violence campaign targets young attitudes towards relationships, sex

All Media: Best series or special Home truths: The costs and causes of domestic violence
How funding changes in NSW locked women out of domestic violence refuges
A cycle of violence
In the child's best interests

All Media: Best local/community journalism
  • Matt Deighton, Stephen Burke, Emma Hope, James Bresnehan and Sally Glaetzer, The Mercury, “ManUp campaign”
Sunday Tasmanian readers urged to join our campaign to stop family violence in the state
Premier Will Hodgman declares zero tolerance stance on domestic violence
Call to speak up on violence
Editorial: Message is getting home
  • Nicole Ferrie, Bendigo Advertiser, “No more silence”
A secret childhood
The media has a role to play
Violence against women and children an 'epidemic'
Rosie Batty says violence prevention is everybody's business
Bendigo refuge overlooked
  • Simon Mann, Bec Zajac and Anita Dutka, The Citizen, “Communities combat violence against women at a local level”
Power and gender: how schools are taking a lead in the campaign to end violence against women 
Getting back on track with a dose of R.E.S.P.E.C.T. 
From macho jocks to proud feminists: an all-boys school redefines itself 
Sports gender: how local councils are leading in the campaign to prevent violence against women

All Media: Best longform
All Media: Best journalism campaign 
  • Georgina Dent and Lucia Osborne-Crowley, Women’s Agenda, “How many women will it take?”
Violence against women: An ugly and unpalatable national emergency
The Q & A episode on domestic violence everyone is already talking about
Lt General David Morrison: There is a paucity of leadership in tackling domestic violence
Dear Tony Abbott, Want to take a real stand against family violence? Start by treating women equally.
  • Clementine Ford, Daily Life, Fairfax Media, “Body of Work – Daily Life columns” 
We need to stop making excuses for men like Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao
What no one wants to mention in Grant Hackett's 'remarkable' comeback
The real tragedy of the Adrian Bayley case is how easily it could have been avoided
Masa Vukotic murder: Travelling alone isn't women's biggest safety risk
  • Nick Ralston, Josephine Tovey, Rachel Olding, Amy Corderoy and Candice Chung, The Sydney Morning Herald, Daily Life and smh.com.au, Fairfax Media “Shine a light”
Revealed: The women we failed
Refuges for women fleeing domestic violence face closure under NSW reforms
Sydney siege: Man Haron Monis' history of violence against women was a warning sign no one took seriously
The 'One in Three' claim about male domestic violence victims is a myth

The winner of each category will go in the running to receive the Our Watch Gold Award.

The awards ceremony will be held in Sydney on Thursday September 10. 

About the Our Watch Awards:

Our Watch developed a new national media awards scheme, administered by the Walkley Foundation, to recognise and reward exemplary reporting of violence against women, in particular reporting that highlights the causes of violence and what we as a society can do to ‘stop it before it starts’. The Our Watch Awards is an initiative under the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 and is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.

Find out more information about the Awards, as administered by The Walkley Foundation. For more information on Our Watch and resources for journalists

Media contact

For enquiries or further information: Hannah Grant, Our Watch, mobile 0448 844 930, email Hannah.Grant@ourwatch.org.au

*If you cover this story, or any story regarding violence against women and children, please include the following tagline:“If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000. For more information about a service in your state or local area download the DAISY App in the App Store or Google Play.”