Supporting Young Journalists

5 Jul 2013

UNSW Arts and Social Sciences is a proud partner of the Walkley Foundation, the peak professional body representing Australian journalists.

This year we continued our sponsorship of the annual Walkley Young Journalist of the Year awards, supporting the camerawork category.

This is an all-media award that recognises visual journalists producing still photography, videography and photo-films for any platform including television, print and digital, representing the highest standards of the craft.

As a provider of media and journalism studies the partnership reflects Arts and Social Sciences' commitment to fostering quality journalism, recognising excellence in young journalists and our constructive engagement with the media industries.

Dean of Arts and Social Sciences, Professor James Donald said, ‘Whatever may be happening to newspapers, it is very clear the gathering and dissemination of reliable news and information is going to be more important than ever in the digital age. Images are going to remain as important as ever, as one component of the news environment, although the way they are acquired, published and accessed is also bound to change. The UNSW Arts and Social Sciences approach, in Journalism as in all our teaching, is to maintain the fundamental strengths of existing traditions and disciplines and to adapt them to the needs and opportunities created by new times. We are proud to support the Walkley Awards, which likewise recognise established craft and technical innovation, and in particular to sponsor the Camerawork category.’

The Walkley Foundation selected finalists on the basis of journalistic excellence as well as their ability to present distinctive and original journalism that pushes the boundaries of the profession.

Walkley award winner

The 2013 camerawork winner is Ella Rubeli, The Global Mail, “Life, death – and transformation”. School of Arts and Media Senior Lecturer Helen Caple presented Ella with her award.

Catagory runners up were:

  • Brendan Francis, The Cairns Post, “Bird of Prey,” “Bhutan Refugee” and “Friday Night”
  • Rohan Thomson, The Canberra Times, “2013 Bushfire coverage”, “Beneath the surface of the Moscow Circus” and “Gotye returns to his roots”

To find out more about the Walkley Foundation visit: http://www.walkleys.com/home