2022 Kennedy Awards Entry & Criteria

Entry into the 2022 Kennedy Awards opens on May 1.

PLEASE NOTE THIS YEAR’S ENTRY WILL BE VIA AN ONLINE PORTAL.

ENTER THE AWARDS HERE

 Only registered entries will be eligible. 

1.  Names of all journalists on the entry.

2. Date of publication or broadcast

3.  Place, publication and outlet

4.  A maximum 400-word statement supporting your entry

6. A current headshot of the entrant  in Jpeg or PNG

7. Each entry will require verification from your editor, producer or appropriate manager of entry material submitted

Entry is a $50 registration fee for every unrelated  submission

Please note: all queries regarding entries should only be addressed to Anna Magnus, anna@kennedyawards.com.au  0423 363 725

The Kennedy Awards recognise and celebrate the past and present greats of Australian journalism while raising funds and awareness for Australia’s media charity – The Kennedy Foundation, supporting colleagues in hardship, with compassion in confidence. Since 2012 our gala presentation ceremony and the black-tie ball have been staged on or around the anniversary of Les Kennedy’s passing in August 2011.

KEY DATES AND INFORMATION

  • Entry opens on May 1 , 2022
  • Entry closes on July 1, 2022, 6 PM
  • Finalists are due to be announced on Wednesday, July 20, 2022.
  • 2022 Kennedy Awards gala will be on Friday, August 12, 2022, at Royal Randwick
  • The Kennedy Awards is a national awards program.
  • Entry is open to all Australian working journalists, cartoonists, camera operators and videographers
  • Entry is open to journalists, cartoonists, camera operators, and videographers who reside in Australia and work for an Australian media outlet on a work visa or are a permanent resident.
  • All entries must have been published in the current financial year, between July 1, 2021, and midnight June 30, 2022.
  • Please note: The same story can be entered in multiple categories – but must be submitted as a separate $50 registration each time. 
  • Multiple unrelated stories can also be entered in the same category (to effectively compete against one’s self) as long as the stories are submitted as separate $50 registrations.
  • Young Journalist of the Year entrants qualify if yet to turn 27 by June 30, 2022.

PLEASE NOTE: All submissions must include a current photograph of the entrant.

2022 Kennedy Award Categories

1. Outstanding Crime Reporting

2. Regional Broadcast Reporting

3. Regional Reporting Print and Online

4. Racing Writer of the Year

5. Outstanding Radio Journalism

6. Outstanding Podcast

7. Outstanding News Photography

8. Outstanding Portrait Photography

9. Outstanding Sports Photography

10. Outstanding Online Video

11. People’s Choice Photographic Award- The Power of the Lens

12. Outstanding  Cartoon

13. Outstanding Team Player or Mentor

14. Outstanding Sport Reporting

15. Outstanding Travel Writing

16. Young Journalist of The Year (if yet to turn 27 by June 30, 2022)

17. Lifetime Achievement (Selected by Kennedy Foundation Board)

18. Indigenous Affairs Reporting

19. Outstanding News Camera Coverage

20. Outstanding Television News Reporting

21. Outstanding Television Current Affairs Reporting -Long Form

22. Outstanding Nightly Television Current Affairs Reporting

23. Outstanding Columnist

24. Outstanding Finance Reporting

25. Outstanding Court and Legal Affairs Reporting

26. Outstanding Consumer Affairs Reporting

27. Outstanding Online News Breaking

28. Outstanding Reporting on the Environment

29. Scoop of the Year

30. Outstanding Investigative Reporting

31. Outstanding Feature Writing

32. Outstanding Foreign Correspondent

33. Outstanding Political Reporting

34. The Kennedy Prize – Journalist of the Year

Judging Process and Entry Criteria

Three finalists in each category will be selected and the judging committee will choose the winner – recognising exceptional examples of ground-breaking, gutsy and creative journalism demonstrating a profound and enduring impact.

Judges will also take into account resources, research, preproduction, preparation, logistical challenges, public interest and community benefit.

Entrants are required to disclose any formal corrections, claims of plagiarism or legal proceedings related to the entry after its publication. By registering, the entrant attests to the originality of work and its compliance with copyright rules.

Dealing with Conflict of Interest in Judging

The Kennedy Awards strives to avoid real or perceived conflicts of interest in the judging process. The judging committee comprises a selection of respected leaders in Australian journalism.

The Kennedy Awards Committee will monitor any potential for a personal or professional relationship to undermine the independence, fairness and objectivity of the judging process.

Judging the work of entrants from their own media organisation will not necessarily disqualify a judge.

Before the judging process begins each judge will be required to identify any potential conflict of interest and notify the organising committee, and the appropriate changes will be made if necessary.

Finalists are due to be announced on July 20, 2022.

Award Categories and Criteria 2022

  1. Outstanding Crime Reporting

This award was named after Les Kennedy, who was an exceptional “shoe leather” – a contacts driven journalist who broke many stories in that colourful and often dangerous world of crime. If anything, reporting in this area has become more dangerous and certainly more complex. Reporting from this arena requires great patience, the skill required to develop contacts in a suspicious environment and steel, lots of it.

The judges will be looking for highly original, exclusive work with enduring impact.

Entries can be a single story or up to five related articles on the same subject.

  1. Regional Broadcast Reporting

Named after the legendary broadcast journalist Paul Lockyer, the Regional Broadcast Reporting Award will recognise those journalists who succeed in reporting original stories impacting the 10 million Australians living outside the state capital cities. It may not have the cachet of ‘big city’ reporting but given the role of our regions in our culture, economy, and democracy -it is incredibly important.

Originality, thoroughness, and impact are key attributes sought by our judges.

This category is based on regional-based reporters.   (The ACT, NT and TAS qualify for regional reporting)

Entries can be a single story or up to five related articles on the same subject.

  1. Regional Reporting Print and Online

This award is named after the Newcastle Herald veteran Chris Watson; it goes without saying that the importance of this category is the same for all regional reporting.

The judges will be looking for exclusive stories relevant to their communities that make a difference and that use their medium in a creative manner.

This category is based on regional-based reporters.   (The ACT, NT and TAS qualify for regional reporting)

Entries can be a single story or up to five related articles on the same subject.

  1. Racing Writer of the Year

Named after the well-respected media fugue and journalist, Rod Allen. Rod left a sizeable imprint at a time of great change through his work with the Australian Turf Club.

The racing judges will consider the quality and originality of news and feature stories emerging from the sport of Kings and now Queens. As American Writer Charles Bukowski told his writing class outside a racetrack,” Here you will find all you need to know about life.” We look forward to the night’s result.

Entries can be a single piece of work or up to five pieces showcasing a body of work.

  1. Outstanding Radio Journalism

This award is given in the spirit of Sean Flannery, after whom this award is named. He was an indefatigable and forthright reporter who became a legend of his profession. Despite all the digital upheaval in our industry, radio is still a prime source of information. Its immediacy and portability are its continuing assets.

The judges will consider originality, presentation, and relevance in selecting the finalists from radio news and current affairs.

Entries can be a single story or up to five related articles on the same subject.

  1. Outstanding Podcast

Podcasts can attract audiences in the millions, and those who are mastering this increasingly popular genre of investigative reporting and news content will be judged for journalistic and production excellence.

Entries can be a single story or up to five related articles on the same subject.

**It is highly recommended that entrants submit their entry for this category as soon as possible to allow judging to commence early, given the inordinate time required to listen to the entries in this category

  1. Outstanding News Photography

As they say, a good picture can be worth a thousand words, as many of the still images from Ukraine can attest.

The judges will recognise success in distilling the essence of a breaking news story, its impact, technical excellence, creativity and originality.

* Each entry must contain at least ONE published photograph.

Entries can be a single story or up to five related articles on the same subject.

  1. Outstanding Portrait Photography

Capturing the essence of an individual can be a true test of greatness as a photographer. It requires a myriad of skills that are technical, creative and original. An ability to engage and win the confidence of the subject is yet another.

Capturing the subject, technical excellence, and creativity will drive our judge’s assessment.

* Each entry must contain at least ONE published photograph.

Entries can be a single piece of work or up to five pieces showcasing a body of work.

  1. Outstanding Sports Photography

It’s all about capturing the moment, be it the action or any part of the human theatre of sport. Concentration, reflexes, positioning, framing, and knowing your subject are just part of it.

All the photographic judges will assess the entries on their attention to technical detail, newsworthiness, and ingenuity in capturing a sensational picture.

* Each entry must contain at least ONE published photograph.

Entries can be a single piece of work or up to five pieces showcasing a body of work.

  1. Outstanding Online Video

Marshalling the skills to make a short-form video impactive while telling a story or sending a message takes particular skills not many have.

The judges will place a heavy emphasis on production values, creativity and impact.

Entries can be a single piece of work or up to five pieces showcasing a body of work.

  1. The Power of the Lens – People’s Choice

All photographic entries will be available to be judged by a popular online vote. The voting portal will be functional after entry closes on July 1 . Voting will close on August 1.

  1. Outstanding Cartoon

This award is named in honour of famed award-winning Illawarra Mercury editorial cartoonist Vince O’Farrell. We have always had some of the world’s best cartoonists. Just watching the weekly episodes of Talking Pictures on the ABC Insiders tells you that fine tradition continues. Like a great photo, a great cartoon captures an issue, foibles and all and at least makes us smile. They are comedians with a pen.

The Kennedy Awards winning cartoon should capture in a satirical/ humorous manner a political or social issue of the day whilst reflecting the cartoonist’s set of skills.

The judges will consider wit, technical skill, and a sharp eye for irony in depicting the major issues of any given day.

Entry must have been published.

Entry is based on a single cartoon.

  1. Outstanding Team Player or Mentor

This award is named in honour of this industry’s true gentlemen Cliff Neville whose greeting “My Dear Boy” was synonymous with those he was rallying, greeting or having a beer with. It was disarming, as it was delivered by that mellifluous voice that contradicted the physical presence of this bear of a man. Like many who ended up making some of our best television ever, he came from that traditional crucible of journalism, print. Television journalism is complicated and requires a team to achieve its best, Cliff Neville behind the scenes was one of its best and drove the best.

Submit up to five testimonials.

  1. Outstanding Sport Reporting

This award is named in honour of sports legend writer Peter Frilingos.   In an era when many sport stories move from the back to “the front of the book” the judges will place a high value on the true exclusivity of the story’s hard news content and the quality of its feature writing when covering Australia’s most newsworthy sports.

Entries can be a single story or up to five related articles on the same subject.

  1. Outstanding Travel Writing

Good work in this category not only makes you want to go places but can reveal much about cultures, people and places we know little about but are made fascinating by the work.

Eloquence and originality will make for a powerful mix in the eyes of our seasoned travel judges.

Entries can be a single story or up to five related articles on the same subject.

  1. Young Journalist of The Year (if yet to turn 27 by June 30)

Our future needs encouragement, and this award seeks to do that.  Their capacity, diligence and respect for the ethical values of our profession should be on show. Our judges will reward high achievement in terms of news cycle dominance in identifying the brightest of our rising stars.

Entries can be a single piece of work or up to five pieces showcasing a body of work.

  1. Lifetime Achievement

(Selected by Kennedy Foundation Board)

  1. Indigenous Affairs Reporting

This award is named after the trail-blazing John Newfong, who was the first indigenous person to be employed in the mainstream print media and a powerful advocate for his people.

The judges will assess the incisiveness and impact of each entry in revealing the most important issues impacting Australia’s first nation peoples.

Entries can be a single story or up to five related articles on the same subject.

  1. Outstanding News Camera Coverage

This award is named in honour of Gary Ticehurst. Yes, a helicopter pilot, not a cameraman but an individual dedicated to getting his team to a location and the right place for the best shot. He and superb cameraman John Bean and revered journalist Paul Lockyer died in a helicopter crash on the shores of Lake Eyre, doing their job.

TV reporters may be the stars, but the only thing that makes their work even possible, let alone sing, is the camera operator. They have to possess stamina, great technical skill, a creative eye, editorial judgement and increasingly, in many situations, courage.

A combination of bravery under duress, newsworthiness and technical skill will dominate the thinking of the seasoned judges in this category.

Entries can be a single piece of footage or up to five pieces showcasing a body of work.

  1. Outstanding Television News Reporting

The judges will select finalists for exclusivity, persistence and profound impact in the TV News Reporting award, named after the late, great Harry Potter.

Entries can be a single story or up to five related articles on the same subject

  1. Outstanding Television Current Affairs Reporting Long Form

This award is named in honour of the man known to many as TGO, ‘The Great One’ – media executive David Leckie.

What a wildly successful career he had, 20 years at the helm of two of our major television networks during the medium’s ‘golden era’ under the ownership of two of our most demanding owners, the two  Kerry’s, Packer and Stokes.

In this category, long-form is recognised for the passion, persistence, sleep deprivation and stress it requires. It also takes true dedication to righting wrongs, telling people’s difficult stories, revealing the truth with outstanding teamwork. It’s one of the most important categories.

Originality and impact are key to our Judges’ assessment, along with newsworthiness, presentation and production values.

Entries can be a single story or up to five related articles on the same subject.

  1. Outstanding Nightly Television Current Affairs Reporting

Named in honour of the “trailblazer” of Australian journalism, Mike Willesee. Sometimes this is seen just as extended news reporting or subjects of the trivial, but over decades many important stories have been revealed, told and broken in this short form.

The judges will be looking for relevance to a broad audience, news breaking and the quality of production.

Entries can be a single story or up to five related articles on the same subject.

  1. Outstanding Columnist

Faithful to the memory of the inimitable Peter Ruehl.  This is the place of the writer who, column after column, nearly always hits the buttons of relevance, incisiveness and the creative imagination of a true wordsmith.

The judges will examine columns for their wit, incisiveness, pure entertainment, relevance and unique take on the affairs of the day.

Entries can be a single piece of work or up to five pieces showcasing a body of work.

  1. Outstanding Finance Reporting

Newsworthiness and exclusivity will be paramount in the consideration of the judges.

Entries can be a single story or up to five related articles on the same subject

  1. Outstanding Court and Legal Affairs Reporting.

Often the grist to the mill for journalists in the early stages of their career, but some become addicted to the daily procession of the criminal, the deceptive and the unfortunate. This reporting is essential to our understanding of and our trust in the rule of law and to our democracy.

Judges will be looking for the best angle, breaking news and the quality of writing in reporting on courts and legal affairs.

Entries can be a single story or up to five related articles on the same subject.

  1. Outstanding Consumer Affairs Reporting

It’s not just whose fridge is best but uncovering deceptive and anti-competitive conduct, dangerous products, defending consumer rights and keeping the market honest. It’s serious reporting with an avid audience.

The judges will favour exclusive stories with a broad impact.

Entries can be a single story or up to five related articles on the same subject.

  1. Outstanding Online News Breaking

As the media revolution roles on, new skills are needed, and new talents discovered even though the traditional tenants of journalism are still the dominant mantra, get it first and get it right.

In a new era of minute-by-minute deadlines, the judges will reward those who have broken the biggest stories on the fly by maximising their use of multiple digital platforms.

Entries can be a single story or up to five related articles on the same subject.

  1. Outstanding Reporting on the Environment

As the debate over global warming dominates the international news agenda, journalists in this sector can truly change the world with their professionalism and quality of their reporting.

Judges will consider the most relevant and accurate stories to emerge from coverage of the planet’s present and future, including the impact of bushfires, droughts and floods on the battered Australian landscape.

 Entries can be a single story or up to five related articles on the same subject.

  1. Scoop of the Year

Scoops are gold, regular practitioners of the art get pay rises. This year’s best will get a gong.

The judges will recognise the hardest-hitting, most important, exclusive news story of the current financial year – in the true tradition of the late Rebecca Wilson, after whom this award is named.

Entries can be a single story or up to five related articles on the same subject.

  1. Outstanding Investigative Reporting

While the media unites to fight for press freedom and expose secrets, entries in the investigative journalism category will be judged on the depth and impact of their entries.

Entries can be a single story or up to five related articles on the same subject.

  1. Outstanding Feature Writing

    Great writing is wonderful, it elucidates, explains, reveals and makes you laugh or cry in the twinkling of a paragraph. The award is named after the late legendary journalist Jim Oram.

The judges will be rewarding the most original storytellers at the height of their powers.

Entries can be a single story or up to five related articles on the same subject

  1. Outstanding Foreign Correspondent

This award is named after the long-serving Nine producer of Sunday and Meet the Press, Tom Krause. As record numbers of Australians explore the wider world, interest in the affairs of other nations has rarely been greater. The judges in this category will reward those hard-hitting stories from other countries that still manage to have profound relevance to readers and viewers at home.

The judges will place a high value on originality, revelation and endeavour.

Entries can be a single story or up to five related articles on the same subject.

  1. Outstanding Political Reporting

A fundamental craft for all media, even if many at the moment are over politics, politicians and even the news. Breaking news, explaining the complex, communicating clearly and concisely and forever digging and building contacts is hard but essential work. Those who do it well are legends and the original ‘influencers’.

The judges will recognise those exclusive stories with the greatest impact and follow-up in the day-to-day coverage of state and federal politics.

Entries can be a single story or up to five related articles on the same subject.

  1. Journalist of the Year

What can we say;  the best of the best! A category where there can be many an opinion but only one winner.

Our panel of senior news executives will rate the story they’d be most likely to select as their splash or lead story in a prime-time bulletin.

Entries can be a single piece of work or up to five pieces showcasing a body of work.

**Please note in addition to entering self-nomination, all category winners will be considered in the final judging pool.