UTS alumni named as finalists in Walkley Awards

2 November 2016

Fourteen UTS alumni have been named as finalists in the 2016 Walkley Awards, celebrating Australian journalistic excellence. The finalists were chosen from more than 1,300 entries across the nation, with the winners announced at a gala dinner on Friday 2 December in Brisbane.

Notably, investigative reporter Caro Meldrum-Hanna is a finalist in four categories recognising work across range of programs for ABC TV’s Four Corners. Last year, Meldrum-Hanna won the prestigious Gold Walkley, and the Walkley Award for Investigative journalism for her coverage of the illegal practice of live baiting in greyhound racing.

UTS alumni also dominated the Sports Journalism category, with Mario Christodoulou, Sarah Dingle, Peter Cronau and Adrian Proszenko making the finalist list.


2016 Walkley Awards UTS graduates

Mario Christodoulou
Master of Arts in Journalism (2007)
  • Finalist in the Investigative Journalism category for his work on Fairfax Media and Four Corners, ABC TV, “Money For Nothing” including Heartless Attack, CBA’s heartless act and Money for Nothing
  • Finalist in the Coverage of Indigenous Affairs for his work on Four Corners, ABC TV, “Callous Disregard”, including, Callous Disregard, Lynette Daley’s death: NSW DPP under scrutiny over unprosecuted killing
  • Finalist in Sports Journalism category for his work on Four Corners, ABC TV, “Whatever it Takes”
Mark Corcoran
Master of Arts (Research) (2015)
  • Finalist in the International Category for his work on Foreign Correspondent, ABC TV, “Yemen: The War on Children”
Peter Cronau
Master of Arts in Journalism (1993)
  • Finalist in Sports Journalism category for his work on Four Corners, ABC TV, “Whatever it Takes”
Matt Davis
Master of Arts in Journalism (2012)
  • Finalist in the International Journalism category for his work on Foreign Correspondent, ABC TV, “#BlackLivesMatter”
  • Finalist in the Camerawork category for his work on Foreign Correspondent, ABC TV, “#BlackLivesMatter”, “Get Up, Stand Up” and “Freedom Riders”
Sharon Davis
Bachelor of Arts in Communication (1983)
  • Finalist in both the Television/Audio-Visual Weekly Current Affairs category and the Social Equity Journalism categories for her work on Australian Story, ABC TV, “Into the Fog of War Parts 1 & 2”, including Into the Fog of War Part One, Into the Fog of War Part Two
Sarah Dingle
Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Journalism) International Studies (2007)
  • Finalist in the Sports Journalism category for her work on Background Briefing, ABC Radio National, “Inside the Matildas’ Strike”
  • Finalist in the Radio Documentary, Feature, Podcast or Special category for her work on Background Briefing, ABC Radio, “Is the Joint Strike Fighter the right plane for Australia?”
Jake Duczynski
Bachelor of Design (Hons) Animation (2016)
  • Finalist in the Multimedia Storytelling category for his work on SBS Australia, “My Grandmother’s Lingo”
Mary Fallon
Master of Arts in Journalism (2010)
  • Finalist in the Television/Audio-Visual Weekly Current Affairs category for her work on Four Corners, ABC TV, “Australia’s Shame”
  • Finalist in the Investigative Journalism category for her work on Four Corners, ABC TV, Australia’s shame, Four Corners: Dylan Voller strapped to chair multiple times, former Don Dale guard claims, Four Corners: Corrections Commissioner contradicts own department on isolation of child prisoners
Paul Farrell
Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Journalism) / Bachelor of Laws (2015)
  • Finalist in the Multimedia Storytelling category for his work on Guardian Australia, “The Nauru Files” including The Nauru files: cache of 2,000 leaked reports reveal scale of abuse of children in Australian offshore detention, The Nauru files: the lives of asylum seekers in detention detailed in a unique database, The biggest leak from Australia’s offshore detention camps – Nauru files video explainer
  • Finalist in the International Journalism category for his work on Guardian Australia, “The Nauru files exposed”, including I want death’: Nauru files chronicle despair of asylum seeker children,  Immigration stalled on requests for rape victim’s family to join her, Nauru files show,  A short history of Nauru, Australia’s dumping ground for refugees
Alex McDonald
Master of Arts in Journalism (2011)
  • Finalist in the Social Equity Journalism category for work on Four Corners, ABC TV, “Ripped Off”
Gina McKeon
Master of Arts in Journalism (2013)
  • Finalist in the Multimedia Storytelling category for her work on SBS Australia, “My Grandmother’s Lingo”
Caro Meldrum-Hanna
Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Journalism) / Bachelor of Laws LLB (2007)
  • Finalist in the Coverage of Indigenous Affairs for her work on Four Corners, ABC TV, “Callous Disregard”, including, Callous Disregard, Lynette Daley’s death: NSW DPP under scrutiny over unprosecuted killing
  • Finalist in the Television/Audio-Visual Weekly Current Affairs category for her work on Four Corners, ABC TV, “Australia’s Shame”
  • Finalist in the Interview category for her work on Four Corners, ABC TV, “Jackson and Lawler”
  • Finalist in the Investigative Journalism category for her work on Four Corners, ABC TV, Australia’s shame, Four Corners: Dylan Voller strapped to chair multiple times, former Don Dale guard claims, Four Corners: Corrections Commissioner contradicts own department on isolation of child prisoners
Adrian Proszenko
Bachelor of Arts in Communication (1998)
  • Finalist in the Sports Journalism category for his work on The Sydney Morning Herald, “Parramatta Eels salary cap scandal”, including NRL investigating Parramatta Eels over Anthony Watmough third-party deal, Slippery Eels: The inside story on now Parramatta unravelled, Eels star Corey Norman allegedly given cash payments in car park
Suzanne Smith
Graduate Diploma in Communications (1993)
  • Finalist in the Television/Audio-Visual Daily Current Affairs category for her work on 7.30, ABC TV, “Anglican Church Paedophile Ring” including Preyed Upon andNo Sanctuary