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Our Watch Award

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The Our Watch Award for excellence in reporting on violence against women and children improves the quality of reporting on by building awareness of gender inequality as a key driver of this violence.

Our Watch has been recognising and rewarding excellence in reporting on violence against women and children since 2013, initially through the Our Watch Awards which were administered by the Walkley Foundation. Since 2019 onwards the Our Watch Award has been presented as a part of the Walkley Mid-Year Celebration.

2021 Our Watch Award winner

The winner of the 2021 Our Watch Award, administered by the Walkley Foundation, is Samantha Maiden for her series of reports for news.com.au on Brittany Higgins’ allegation that she was raped at Parliament House.

Samantha Maidennews.com.au, ‘Young staffer Brittany Higgins says she was raped at Parliament House‘, ‘Parliament office ‘steam cleaned’ after alleged attack’ and ‘Minister Michaelia Cash’s voicemail message to Brittany Higgins’.

The judges also acknowledge the high standard of the two other finalists:

See all the winners of the 2021 Walkley Mid-Year Celebration here.

Past winners

Find out more

Visit the Walkley Foundation website for more information on the Award, including how to apply and winners from previous years.