Four Corners’ greyhound industry investigation wins Gold Walkley

Posted December 03, 2015 23:57:05

A Four Corners investigation that uncovered animal mistreatment in the greyhound racing sector has won the coveted Gold Walkley Award.

ABC journalists have taken out many categories at the Walkley Awards for excellence in journalism in Melbourne on Thursday night, with Fairfax and News Corporation journalists and reports also recognised.

Caro Meldrum-Hanna, Sam Clark and Max Murch also won the investigative journalism award for their 4 Corners report on the greyhound market.

The Walkley Awards judges said the Generating a Killing report exposed the greyhound racing industry’s “ugly secret”.

“It took bravery, tenacity and months of arranging in 3 states to make a jaw-dropping report that has shaken not just the greyhound code but the whole racing business,” the judges mentioned.

Huw Parkinson won the multimedia storytelling award for his Insiders video mash-ups in which he inserted Australian politicians into well-liked films and television applications.

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The ABC National Reporting Team’s Mark Willacy and Mark Solomons won the Walkley for news and current affairs in the radio/audio journalism category for their Hopeland report for PM.

Radio National’s Hagar Cohen won the award for documentary, function, podcast or particular with her Left in Harm’s Way report for Background Briefing.

The 7-Eleven: The Value of Comfort report, which was the result of a joint investigation in between Four Corners, ABC Television and Fairfax Media, won Klaus Toft, Adele Ferguson and Sarah Danckhert the Walkley in the company category.

The report was recognised as a “complex undertaking involving leaked documents, whistle blowers and surveillance”.

Louie Eroglu won the camerawork award for his vision in The Killing Season — the product of filming more than nine months — and The Great Cricket Coup.

He was praised by judges for his “sharp-eyed lighting and camerawork”.

Judges awarded 7.30 reporters Matt Brown, Suzanne Dredge and Matthew Marsic the day-to-day existing affairs award for tv/audio-visual journalism for their Enslaved by Aussie Jihadis report.

The Walkley Awards celebrated its 60th anniversary right after becoming established in 1956 by Sir William Gaston — the founder of Ampol Petroleum.

The complete list of winners can be viewed at The Walkley Foundation website.

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