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2022 Wallace Brown Young Journalist Award

The 2022 Wallace Brown Young Journalist Award

Application Deadline: Friday 9th December 2022


The 2022 Wallace Brown Young Journalist Award is OPEN. 

The annual Wallace Brown Award is open to Press Gallery journalists of any medium, aged up to 30 years of age, who have been working in the Press Gallery with under five (5) years experience.

The Wallace Brown Award for the best and fairest early career parliamentary journalist is the only journalism prize which recognises the contribution made by younger members of the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery.

This prestigious Award honours the contribution to journalism of former veteran press gallery journalist Wallace Brown. The aim is to give recognition to young journalists who, in their first years of working in the Press Gallery, excel in fair reporting.

The winning journalist will receive $1000 and a glass prize piece. The winner’s name will be inscribed on an honour board permanently displayed at the National Press Club of Australia.

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Wallace Brown OAM, BA DipJ, one of the longest serving and most respected members of the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery 1961-1995, was noted for his even-handed reporting of political affairs and his encouragement of young journalists.

After working in Brisbane, London and New York for the Herald and Weekly Times he went to Canberra as the head of bureau for Brisbane’s The Courier Mail.

During his time in Canberra he covered 17 general elections, 38 annual Budgets, 10 Prime Ministers, 8 Governors-General and 11 Opposition Leaders.

He was a foundation member and president of the National Press Club, vice-president of the Press Gallery, and a member of the Old Parliament House Redevelopment Committee. In 1995, he was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for services to journalism.

In 2002 he wrote Ten Prime Ministers, Life among the politicians (Longueville Press); in 2006 he completed At random: Anecdotes of a lucky life.

The Wallace Brown Award for the best and fairest early career parliamentary journalist is the only journalism prize which recognises the contribution made by younger members of the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery.

The Award is made possible by The Courier Mail, Wallace Brown’s family, and the National Press Club of Australia.

Applicants are required to disclose if their entry or related journalism is or has been subject to any form of litigation such as claims for defamation or libel etc.
In any event, applicants will indemnify the National Press Club, its judges and corporate partners from any claim for damages and other financial settlements awarded by a court

2022 Wallace Brown Young Journalist Award

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    2022 Wallace Brown Young Journalist Award Winners

    2008

    Patricia Karvelas

    The Australian

    2009

    Daniel Street

    Nine Network

    2010

    Jessica Wright

    The Canberra Times

    2011

    Ashleigh Gillon

    Sky News

    2012

    Anna Caldwell

    Courier Mail

    2013

    Joe Kelly

    The Australian

    2014

    Jonathan Swan

    Fairfax Media

    2015

    Matthew Knott

    Fairfax Media

    2016

    Annika Smethurst

    Herald Sun

    2017

    Primrose Riordan

    The Australian

    2018

    Alice Workman

    Buzzfeed News

    2019

    Eryk Bagshaw

    SMH & The Age

    2020

    Jennifer Bechwati

    7News

    2021

    Claire Armstrong

    The Daily Telegraph

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