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 Maiden, news.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:
- Avani Dias, Angela McCormack, Ali Russell and Laura McAuliffe, Four Corners, Triple J Hack and ABC Online, ‘Tinder: A Predators’ Playground’
- Lisa Wilkinson, Angus Llewellyn and Georgia Done, The Project and The Sunday Project, Network 10, ‘Brittany Higgins interview’, ‘Brittany Higgins editorial’ and ‘A Matter of Consent’