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2017 Our Watch Awards open for entries

June 13 2017 By Hannah Grant, Our Watch Media Manager

Journalists and editors are encouraged to apply for the third annual Our Watch Awards, administered by the Walkley Foundation, which recognise exemplary reporting of violence against women, Our Watch CEO Mary Barry said today.

“The Our Watch Awards has launched for its third consecutive year to celebrate journalists and media outlets doing an excellent job in reporting on violence against women in Australia,” said Ms Barry. 

“Entries in seven categories in the Our Watch Awards are open until 7 July. Many people working in media are doing a fantastic job in reporting on violence against women; we encourage them to enter the Awards. We also urge members of the community to prompt journalists to enter for outstanding work they’ve noticed” said Ms Barry.

High quality reporting on the issue of violence against women helps to improve public understanding of the issue, sheds light on the context in which the violence is occurring and refrains from victim blaming and sensationalism.

The media are identified in numerous state and national policy documents as a priority area for action in the prevention of violence against women, including in the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2010-2022. 

“National and international research tells us that the public is heavily influenced by the way violence against women is portrayed in the media. The Our Watch Awards recognise and celebrate this level of influence,” Ms Barry said.

“Although reporting on the violence against women is extensive in Australia, and has largely changed for the better over the last few years, there are still improvements to be made such as including links to appropriate support services and far less victim blaming,” said Ms Barry. 

Apply for the Our Watch Awards on the Walkley Foundation website

Media contact:

Hannah Grant, Media and Ambassador Program Manager, Our Watch: 0448 844 930 or 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.”

Read guides for reporting about violence against women and their children.

About Our Watch

Our Watch leads Australia's work to stop violence against women and their children before it starts. Our Watch, the national foundation to prevent violence against women and their children, was created to drive nation-wide change in the culture, behaviours and attitudes that lead to violence against women and children.

To do this, the organisation works to increase gender equality and respect in all aspects of everyday life, such as through schools; workplaces; media; sporting organisations; social marketing, and developing and influencing public policy.