Monash graduates shortlisted for 2017 Walkley Awards

ABC journalist Jeremy Story Carter.

THREE Monash University graduates have been named finalists in the prestigious Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism.

ABC digital producer and journalist Jeremy Story Carter’s team entry, Trace, was shortlisted for three Walkley categories, including Innovation, Investigative Journalism and Radio/Audio feature.

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.

All Walkley finalists here

The Guardian journalist Calla Wahlquist were shortlisted in the category, Indigenous Affairs, for her in-depth stories about the deaths of Indigenous Australians Elijah DoughtyMs Dhu and Jayden Bennell.

Trace – ABC production

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









All Walkley finalists here