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Fairfax Media picks up slew of Walkley Award nominations

Fairfax Media’s coverage of the war against Islamic State was recognised with three Walkley Award nominations at the announcement on Thursday.

Surviving IS: Stories from Mosul by Michael Bachelard and photographer Kate Geraghty was nominated in the feature writing (under 4000 words) and coverage of a major news event. Fairfax Media’s multimedia team was also nominated in the production category.

Fairfax Media’s cartoonists scooped up all the Walkley Award nominations in the cartoon category.

The Age’s Matt Golding was recognised for “The Sensible Centre”, David Pope from The Canberra Times got a nod for “Murray-Darling Nation” and The Sydney Morning Herald’s Cathy Wilcox for “Low-cost housing, London”.

Fairfax Media’s Adele Ferguson and Mario Christodoulou were nominated in the business journalism category for their series of exposes about Domino’s Pizza.

Ferguson was also nominated in the investigative journalism category, with colleagues Sarah Danckert and Klaus Toft for “The Retirement Racket”.

The multimedia work The tragedy of Aviana by reporter Kate Aubusson and Geraghty was also nominated for feature writing (under 4000 words)

Bachelard and Nick McKenzie were nominated in the sports journalism category for their coverage of the Australian Olympic Committee bullying crisis.

The Newcastle Herald’s Carrie Fellner was recognised in the community or regional affairs category for her investigation into a cluster of cancer cases on Cabbage Tree Road in Williamtown

Her colleague Joanne McCarthy won nominations for public service journalism and

The Age’s Miki Perkins was nominated in the print category for a series of stories on a teenage rape victim.

Josh Gordon, Richard Willingham and Benjamin Preiss from The Age have been nominated for scoop of the year for their coverage of the expenses scandal involving top Victorian politicians. Fairfax Media nominations list

Feature writing short (under 4000 Words)

Kate Aubusson, Kate Geraghty and The Tragedy of Aviana team, smh苏州美甲学校419论坛, theage苏州美甲学校419论坛 and The Sun-Herald, “The tragedy of Aviana”

Michael Bachelard, Kate Geraghty and The Age Multimedia Team, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, Fairfax Media, “Surviving IS: Stories of Mosul”

Sports journalism

Michael Bachelard and Nick McKenzie, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, Fairfax Media, “AOC bullying crisis”Coates tolerated bullying at Olympic Committee; More bullying claims emerge; AOC ‘not a sheltered workshop’

Scoop of the year

Josh Gordon, Richard Willingham and Benjamin Preiss, The Age, “Expenses scandal engulfs Victorian speaker and deputy”Speaker of the Houses; Deputy Speaker also claimed ‘second residence’ allowance; Crackdown on rorts


Matt Golding, The Age, “The Sensible Centre”

David Pope, The Canberra Times, “Murray-Darling Nation”

Cathy Wilcox, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, “Low-cost housing, London”


The Fairfax Multimedia Team, The Age (online), The SMH (online), WA Today (online) and Canberra Times (online), “Surviving IS: Stories from Mosul”

Coverage of a major news event or issue

Michael Bachelard and Kate Geraghty, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, “Stories of Mosul” Surviving IS: Stories from Mosul; They don’t make any exception for children; Kindness for human shields; Mosul’s most house-proud man; The idea of Iraq itself needs to be rebuilt; The war has just started

Public service journalism

Joanne McCarthy, Newcastle Herald and The Age, Fairfax Media, “Living a Nightmare” I’m living a nightmare; We tried to warn them; Mesh move

Community or regional affairs

Carrie Fellner, Newcastle Herald, “The sorrow on Cabbage Tree Road” The sorrow on Cabbage Tree Road; Profiles: the 50 cancer cases of Cabbage Tree Road; Rare cancer strikes twice in the red zone

Business journalism

Adele Ferguson and Mario Christodoulou, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, “The Domino’s Pizza Expose”Boxed In What life is really like inside pizza giant Domino’s; Domino’s Scandal – Franchisees ‘selling visas’; A small serve Domino’s deal not so fair

Investigative journalism

Adele Ferguson, Sarah Danckert and Klaus Toft, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, “The Retirement Racket”Villages of the Damned (not online); The Retirement Racket (part 3); Some things can’t be forgiven (not online)

Commentary, analysis, opinion and critique

John Silvester, The Age and The Saturday Age, “Naked City” Tough-guy laws: brave or stupid?; PSOs: Victoria’s dumbest policy?; Knight condemned by his own hand

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