UTS Journalism alumni win three 2019 Walkley Awards
Jennifer Duke, Jan Fran and Mary Fallon were all recognised at the 64th Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism.
Three UTS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences alumni, Jennifer Duke, Jeannette Francis (Jan Fran) and Mary Fallon, were acknowledged for their outstanding contribution to Australian journalism at the 2019 Walkley Awards.
Jennifer Duke, a UTS Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Journalism) alumna, won the 2019 Walkley Award for Print/Text News Report. The award, which she shared with Michael Koziol, was granted for a series of Sydney Morning Herald articles that investigated the dismissal of Michelle Guthrie from the ABC, and the events that followed. The award-winning articles included “Guthrie ordered to sack top ABC reporter”, “ABC chair’s ‘bias’ email” and “Revealed: ABC boss’ secret dossier”.
Jan Fran, a UTS Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Journalism) / Bachelor of Arts in International Studies alumna, won the 2019 Walkley Award for Commentary, Analysis, Opinion and Critique. Jan was awarded the prize for her online opinion segment, “The Frant”, which is hosted on The Feed and has been viewed more than 20 million times.
Mary Fallon, a UTS Master of Arts in Journalism alumna, won the 2019 Walkley Award for Public Service Journalism. Mary shared the award with Anne Connolly and Patricia Drum for their Four Corners investigation into aged care, titled “Who Cares?”.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian MP paid tribute to this year’s finalists and winners.
In the age of 24/7 media and mass consumption, institutions like the Walkley Awards are more important than ever to remind us of the importance of timely information and the public interest.
Every nominee has thrived in 2019, bringing their audience something unique. The words you wrote, story you presented or photographs you captured have been powerful to the viewer or reader. You have inspired, entertained and informed.
Gladys Berejiklian MP
Fellow UTS Journalism alumna, Caro Meldrum-Hanna, also received two nominations for her ABC documentary, “EXPOSED: The Case of Keli Lane”.
The 2019 award winners and nominees join a long list of UTS Journalism graduates that have been commended for their excellence in the field.
The UTS Journalism program is led by 5-time Walkley Award winner, Professor Monica Attard OAM.