Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year Awards

The Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year Awards recognise and reward the hard work of our most outstanding young Australian journalists.

In 2019, these awards will recognise those aged 28 and under who demonstrate excellence in the fundamental tenets of the craft as well as the ability to present distinctive and original journalism that pushes the boundaries of the profession.

Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year

Supported by the Jibb Foundation

Thanks to the support of the Jibb Foundation, Oliver will fly to the USA for two weeks and meet with with BuzzFeed News, The New York Times, Columbia Journalism Review, Twitter and Quartz. All category winners will also receive mentoring from senior journalists, and their winning stories will be featured on Apple News.

All media: Shortform Journalism

Supported by ABC

All media: Longform Feature or Special

Supported by The Sydney Morning Herald & The Age

All media: Coverage of Community & Regional Affairs

Supported by Google News Initiative

All media: Visual Storytelling

Supported by Sky NEWS

All media: Public Service Journalism

Supported by News Corp Australia

All media: ​Student Journalist of the Year

Supported by Macleay College

See the full list of 2019 Mid-Year Celebration finalists here.

2019 Winners were announced June 26

The prize

All category winners will receive mentoring from a senior journalist.

The winners of all six categories will also automatically go into the draw to be named as the Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year. Through the funding of the Jibb Foundation, the organisation supporting this award, the 2019 prize-winner will receive:

  • a paid two-week trip to US newsrooms
  • receive mentorship from senior journalists

Entry fee

A philanthropic grant from the Jibb Foundation subsidies entry fees, allowing them to remain at $50 for all categories except for the Student journalist of the year award, which is free to enter.

Entry remains free for MEAA union members.

Judging criteria

The Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year aims to encourage and recognise the rising stars of Australian journalism. Winners will be selected on the basis of journalistic excellence in the fundamental tenets of the craft as well as the ability to present distinctive and original journalism that pushes the boundaries of the profession.

Judges will be looking for the individual they think has made the most impact, but in general criteria will include:

  • How the story was initiated and followed (with particular credit given for instigating or finding a story)
  • Newsworthiness, including exclusivity
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Research and investigation
  • Balance, accuracy and ethics
  • Consideration of production pressures or deadlines and time constraints
  • Consideration of the resources available
  • Demonstration of best use of the format/s in which the work was published or broadcast, including clever choices in storytelling through multimedia
  • Excellence in written or verbal communication and/or technical and production skill
  • Public impact or benefit, including audience engagement and serving specific communities

Conditions of entry

The 2019 awards are open to young journalists 28 years and under, employed full-time or freelance, who have self-published or had work published or broadcast through Australian media outlets, including online publishers, between April 27, 2018 and April 26, 2019.

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2018 winner

Congratulations to the 2018 Young Australian Journalist of the Year, Laura Murphy-Oates, for her work at SBS, “Young and black”“Kids of Kalgoorlie” and “Vanished: Canada’s missing women”. Laura also won the Public Service Journalism and Longform categories.

Thanks to the support of the Jibb Foundation, Laura will fly to the USA to undertake two weeks’ worth of work experience with BuzzFeedThe New York TimesColumbia Journalism Review, Twitter and Quartz. She and all the category winners will also receive mentoring from the Walkley Advisory Board.

View the full list of winners for the 2018 Young Journo Awards, as well as the full announcement of the mid-year award winners here.