Coca-Cola Kennedy Australian Journalist of the Year

Richest Prize in Australian Journalism 

THE Kennedy Foundation is delighted to host the presentation of the richest prize in Australian news media – the Coca-Cola Kennedy Award for Journalist of the Year.

Our charity’s newest major partners Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) and Coca-Cola South Pacific (CCSP) provide the winner of the  Kennedy Award Journalist of the Year a $25,000 prize.

The partnership also means the winner of the Kennedy Award for Young Journalist of the Year receives $5,000.


In partnership, CCA and CCSP will also support a $20,000 donation to the Kennedy Foundation to assist past and present news media professionals in hardship.

The winners of the 2017 Journalist and Young Journalist of the Year will be announced at the 6th Annual Kennedy Awards for Excellence in Journalism at Royal Randwick on August 11.

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Inaugural winner of the Coca-Cola Kennedy Journalist of the Year Adele Ferguson, a two-time winner of the Gold Spirax

Coca-Cola Amatil Group Managing Director, Alison Watkins, delighted to play a role in supporting and recognising the nation’s finest journalists, said: “Australia has a proud history of world class, ground breaking reporting. As the media landscape continues to shift, it is important to continue to recognise those who go above and beyond in their commitment to uncovering the truth and telling us all how it really is.”

Showing his support for the initiative, Coca-Cola South Pacific Business Unit President Roberto Mercade said: “We are proud to partner with the Kennedy Foundation to sponsor the Journalist of the Year Award and support the great talent within the Australian media industry when they need it the most.”

Coca-Cola Kennedy Journalist of the Year senior judge, Destination NSW Chairman and Prime TV CEO John Hartigan said this year’s event would attract the cream of Australian news media talent.

Mr Hartigan said the historic Coca-Cola sponsorship is “further proof that the Kennedy Awards are close to becoming the preeminent awards for journalism in Australia.”

“It’s great news that all journalists should celebrate,” Mr Hartigan said.

The NRMA Kennedy Awards honour the memory of legendary Sydney crime reporter Les Kennedy, who died aged 53 years in 2011. They continue to recognise the country’s finest media professionals and those major contributors to the industry.

The Kennedy Foundation has also supported other charities in the wider community including the children’s cancer charity Redkite, the Aboriginal Medical Service, the Charlie Perkins Trust for Children and Young People, leading Australian Cancer Clinical Trials Group, ANZUP and the Aboriginal School of Learning at the University of Technology Sydney.


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