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Finalists announced for 2021 Our Watch Award administered by the Walkley Foundation

May 27, 2021 / Our Watch media team

Three finalists have been announced for the 2021 Our Watch Award administered by the Walkley Foundation.

Our Watch CEO Patty Kinnersly said the quality of the finalists reflected a year of impressive work from journalists amidst sadly unrelenting news about violence against women and children.

“Homicide is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to violence against women, which can take many forms, from relationship and family violence, to dating violence, workplace sexual harassment and street harassment,” Ms Kinnersly said.

The media’s role in shaping the public conversation and influencing community attitudes can’t be overstated.

Excellence in reporting in this area requires expertise and can also take an emotional toll on journalists, which is why it’s so important to recognise and reward those who do it responsibly and ethically.

“Good reporting can mean the difference between a woman staying silent or having the courage to disclose the abuse she’s suffering, or a perpetrator feeling like he’ll keep getting away with abuse, or seeing that his behaviour is condemned.”

The finalists are, in alphabetical order:

Walkley Foundation Chief Executive Louisa Graham, said: “We’re proud to administer this award on behalf of Our Watch, and to champion best-practice, ethical journalism that will ultimately help make Australia’s women and children safer.”

The finalists were announced alongside all the award finalists in the Walkley Foundation’s 2021 Mid-Year Celebration of Journalism.

Peer-judged and selected on the basis of journalistic excellence, the Mid-Year Celebration suite includes the:

  • Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year Awards
  • June Andrews Award for Industrial Relations Reporting
  • June Andrews Award for Freelance Journalist of the Year
  • June Andrews Award for Women’s Leadership in Media
  • Our Watch Award
  • Media Diversity Australia Award
  • Humanitarian Storytelling Award
  • June Andrews Award for Arts Journalism
  • The Pascall Prize for Arts Criticism.

Winners will be announced at the Mid-Year Celebration of Journalism event in Sydney on June 16. The ceremony will be live streamed, with details on www.walkleys.com.

The Our Watch Award for excellence in reporting on violence against women and children improves the quality of reporting including building awareness of gender inequality as a key driver of this violence. Find out more and see past winners here.

To access guides for reporting about violence against women and their children, visit media.ourwatch.org.au.


About Our Watch

Our Watch is a national leader in Australia’s work to stop violence against women and their children before it starts. The organisation was created to drive nation-wide change in the structures, norms and practices that lead to violence against women and children.

Media contact

Laurelle Keough, Media and Communications Manager (laurelle.keough@ourwatch.org.au / 0425 701 801) or media@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, family or domestic violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000.”

To access guides for reporting about violence against women and their children, visit Media Making Change.