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Our Watch Awards 2016 finalists announced

August 16, 2016 / Our Watch media team

This article was published over 5 years ago.

Finalists in the 2016 Our Watch Awards have been announced. The Awards, administered by the Walkley Foundation, recognise exemplary reporting to end violence against women and their children.

Our Watch Chief Executive Officer, Mary Barry said:

“The media plays a powerful role in bringing the issue of violence against women to our attention and shaping the national conversation.  With this platform comes a great deal of responsibility.

“It is crucial that those doing it well are applauded. The Our Watch Awards recognise those who set a new standard, holding a mirror up to society and highlighting what works to prevent violence from happening in the first place. I look forward to celebrating the finalists and winners at the ceremony in September,” said Ms Barry.


Finalists, in alphabetical order, are:

Best use of social media

All media: Best news coverage

All media: Best series or special

All media: Best local/community journalism

All media: Best longform

All media: Best journalism campaign

  • Lauren Novak and Sheradyn Holderhead, Sunday Mail and The Advertiser, “Knowing what we’re up against”
  • Bronwyn Purvis, Ian Walker, Chip Rolley, Sophie Townsend and Daniel Battley, ABC Regional “ABC Open Family Violence Project
  • Waleed Aly and Tom Whitty, The Project, Network Ten, “#ClickSomethingElse

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 Wednesday, 14 September 2016.

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.

The Our Watch Awards are ​funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.

Media contact

Laurelle Keough (laurelle.keough@ourwatch.org.au or 0448 844 930).

*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.