Mridula Amin from the ABC was named the 2021 Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year, as the Walkley Foundation honoured all the winners in the 2021 Mid-Year Celebration of Journalism in Sydney.
Mridula also won the All media: Longform feature or special award for her ABC Background Briefing story The hidden park of last resort and the Visual storytelling sections of the Young Australian Journalist Awards
She receives a two-week trip to US newsrooms Buzzfeed, Columbia Journalism Review and Quartz, with flights included.
There are six Young Journalist awards, and each recipient is also matched with a mentor in order to boost their career, and they will receive a complimentary place in the Australian Graduate School of Management at the UNSW Business School.
The other winners were George Platias (Student journalist of the year), Paul Sakkal (All media: Shortform journalism), Briana Fiore (All media: Coverage of community and regional affairs), and Annabel Hennessy (All media: Public service journalism).
The John B Fairfax family has pledged to support the Walkley Foundation’s awards and professional development opportunities for young Australian journalists over the next 10 years with a gift of $1 million.
Walkley Foundation Chief Executive, Louisa Graham, says, “This increased commitment is significant for the Walkley Foundation and the industry. The scale of this generosity echoes Sir William Walkley’s founding donation that set up the Walkley Awards 65 years ago, and his sister-in-law June Andrews’ 2019 bequest to the Walkley Foundation.
“The Fairfax name has long been associated with the glorious history of Australian journalism. With this announcement the Fairfax legacy will be synonymous with a bright future for the next generation of Australia’s best journalists.”
John B Fairfax says, “We are extremely proud to be supporting an award that promotes excellence in journalism and encourages young Australian talent. We are also delighted to provide meaningful support to the Walkley Foundation, which has consistently embodied the values of integrity and quality in the profession.”
The full list of winners is here