THREE Monash University graduates have been named finalists in the prestigious Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism.
Jeremy worked closely with ABC presenter and investigative reporter Rachael Brown. Producer Jesse Cox also contributed significantly to the project.
News Corp national political editor (Sunday newspapers) Annika Smethurst was nominated for the Scoop of the Year for her revelations on former health minister Sussan Ley’s travel expenses.
The Guardian journalist Calla Wahlquist were shortlisted in the category, Indigenous Affairs, for her in-depth stories about the deaths of Indigenous Australians Elijah Doughty, Ms Dhu and Jayden Bennell.
Jeremy played a key role in the Trace production, as he sourced talent and researched thoroughly to help generate the monumental story.
“I was particularly happy with it receiving a nomination for Innovation, because we pushed hard to do something a bit different,” Jeremy said.
“A lot of work went into Trace and it’s satisfying to see it find an audience and get this sort of recognition. More importantly, the publicity around the podcast has helped bring new hope of achieving some sense of justice for the family of the Maria James.”
Jeremy said one of the successes of Trace was the fact the team was able to seek out information from the public and incorporate it into the following week’s episode.
“Part of my role involved managing the email address and following up with any prospective leads when that information came in,” Jeremy said.
“It made for a pretty interesting mix of work – and was definitely a great (if somewhat exhausting) project to be involved with.
Jeremy said the Trace podcast had attracted more than 1.8 million downloads and spent quite a bit of time at the top of the Australian iTunes podcast charts.
“The new information that came to light as part of the podcast attracted a big response across the media, and has led to genuine developments in the case,” Jeremy said.
“The response from the public more broadly – and all the feedback we’ve had from people in the community – has been really heartening. It’s one of those things you end up getting asked about a lot when you’re out and about – so it’s nice to see it’s made an impact.”
The Walkley winners will be announced on Wednesday, November 29, during a gala dinner at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Queensland Tourism and Major Events Minister Kate Jones said the state looked forward to welcoming the country’s leading media outlets, executives and journalists to Queensland on November 29.
“For the past 62 years, winning a Walkley Award has been the ultimate achievement for an Australian journalist,” Ms Jones said.
Monash alumni shortedlisted in Walkleys (highlighted in blue):
- Rachael Brown, Jeremy Story Carter and Jesse Cox, ABC, “Trace”
- Nick Evershed and Ash Jonceski, Guardian Australia, “Stories from the Census”
- SBS Online Documentary Team, SBS, “K’gari”
- Michael Green and the Behind the Wire/Wheeler Centre team, “The Messenger”
- Rachael Brown and Trace Team, ABC Radio, “Trace Podcast”
- Kirsti Melville, Radio National, ABC Radio, “Rottnest Island: Black Prison, White Playground”
- Linton Besser, Mary Fallon and Lucy Carter, Four Corners , ABC TV and ABC News Online, “Pumped”
Pumped; Murray-Darling Basin Plan: Taxpayer-purchased water intended for rivers harvested by irrigators; Murray-Darling Basin Plan: Irrigation lobbyists offered access to confidential government documents
- Rachael Brown and the Radio National Team, ABC Podcast/ABC Radio, “Trace Podcast”
- Adele Ferguson, Sarah Danckert and Klaus Toft, The Ageand The Sydney Morning Herald, Fairfax Media & Four Corners, ABC TV “Bleed Them Dry Until They Die”
Villages of the Damned (not online); The Retirement Racket (part 3); Some things can’t be forgiven (not online)
COVERAGE OF INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS
- Jane Bardon, 730, ABC TV, AM & PM, ABC Radio and ABC Online, “Demanding Justice: Marshall Wallace, BushMob and Stolen Generation 2”
Indigenous man with only 6 months to live given 15-month prison sentence in NT; Terminally ill man imprisoned for driving offences fights to be released from custody; Dylan Voller’s lawyers want him transferred to bush rehab program; Families convince NT Govt to return Arnhem Land children taken into care
- Sarah Dingle and Wendy Carlisle, Background Briefing, Radio National, ABC & ABC Online “Death in Kalgoorlie”
Death in Kalgoorlie; Kalgoorlie Mayor defends lack of drop-in centre, blames Aboriginal parents for social problems; Kalgoorlie doctor ‘seeing more complications’ after Aboriginal maternal health service closed
- Calla Wahlquist, Guardian Australia, “ Three deaths in WA”
‘We’ve got to put our story out there’: Ms Dhu’s family prepare for verdict on death in custody; The killing of Elijah Doughty: oil patch at crime scene fades but stain remains; My boy’s dead’: Jayden Bennell’s mother’s search for answers after death in custody
SCOOP OF THE YEAR
- Josh Gordon, Richard Willingham and Benjamin Preiss, The Age, “Speaker of the Houses;” Deputy Speaker also claimed ‘second residence’ allowance; Crackdown on rorts
- Annika Smethurst, Herald Sun, “Ley of the Land”
Flat a Ley Buy on Trip; New year’s farce; Ley of the Land
- William Summers, williamsummers.blog, “Uncovering Barnaby Joyce’s dual nationality”
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