Guardian Australia wins Walkley for exposing suspected racism on the set of Neighbors | australian media
Guardian Australia reporter Kelly Burke won a Walkley Award for exposing alleged racism on the set of longtime Australian soap opera Neighbors.
Burke won the June Andrews Award for Art Journalism at the Mid-Year Walkleys in Sydney on Wednesday evening.
Her entry included an exclusive interview with First Nations actor Shareena Clanton who went public with allegations of racism and misogyny on the show’s set and a follow-up story in which other actors also showed up to tell their stories. stories.
A third Burke story has revealed that production house Fremantle Media has launched a judicial investigation in response to the allegations of racism.
The judges said Burke’s reporting revealed “deeply troubling systemic issues within one of Australia’s most lucrative and iconic cultural exports.”
“As the scrutiny of media portrayal increases, Burke’s reports have critically examined how casting and storylines can cover up deeply racist attitudes and behavior,” the judges wrote.
Luke Henriques-Gomes of Guardian Australia was nominated in the Young Walkleys category for a story about a group of Timorese refugees who escaped civil war aboard the only Royal Australian Air Force plane ever to be hijacked.
This category was won Wednesday evening by Mridula Amin for her survey on ABC News and Background Briefing The hidden park of last resort. Amin was also named Young Journalist of the Year for her review of life at the West Sydney Caravan Park.
Walkley’s jury, which includes Guardian Australia editor-in-chief Lenore Taylor, said Amin’s entry stood out.
“Sensitive, compassionate and beautifully photographed, Mridula Amin’s Hidden Park of Last Resort is a wonderful human story well told,” the board said. “Earning residents’ trust and demonstrating a non-judgmental approach to reporting, Amin’s investigation enabled the community to fight for their homes in one of Sydney’s last long-term trailer parks. . “
Kieran Pender was nominated in the Community and Regional Affairs category of the Young Walkleys for his Guardian Australia coverage of the fallout from the Black Summer bushfires.
This award was won by Briana Fiore of Western Australia for an exclusive report revealing failures at Bunbury Hospital.
The Our Watch Award was won by Samantha Maiden of news.com.au for her coverage of the Brittany Higgins rape allegation.