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Walkley finalists for business journalism
Tuesday, 16 October 2012
Finalists for the 2012 Walkley Award for Business Journalism clearly demonstrate the vital importance of strong, independent reporting. The finalists were announced today at a luncheon hosted by J.P. Morgan, category sponsor of the Walkley Award for Business Journalism.
Judges chose an in-depth feature on Australia’s wealthiest woman, an investigation of the controversial bid for David Jones, and a thorough examination of questions over bribery connections at the RBA.
Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance federal secretary Chris Warren said the quality of 2012 award entries was exceptional.
“The entries show that business journalism is not a niche. It has the potential to inform and engage a much wider audience, and the 2012finalists demonstrate how business journalism can drive the overall news agenda,” Mr Warren said.
FINALISTS - WALKLEY AWARD FOR BUSINESS JOURNALISM
Jane Cadzow, Good Weekend, Fairfax, “The Iron Lady”
Judges’ comments: Cadzow’s in-depth feature on Gina Rinehart revealed her secretive nature, her dedication to protecting her father’s legacy and her fear of public questioning. Ten days after her article went to print, Rinehart became Fairfax’s largest single shareholder.
Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker, 7.30, ABC TV and The Age, Fairfax, “RBA faces questions over bribery connections”
Judges’ comments: Through extensive research, source cultivation and powerful storytelling McKenzie and Baker exposed the alleged involvement of some of the most powerful players in Australian business in high-level misconduct.
Paola Totaro, The Australian Financial Review, “Inside the lair of the David Jones predator”
Judges’ comments: Putting leather to the pavement, Totaro showed how the $1.65 billion bid for David Jones – that almost conned regulators, lawyers and the wider stock market – was made by a fantasist on the end of a computer.