2019 Perkin Award Finalists

Finalists have been announced for the 44th Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year. The award honours the memory of celebrated Age editor Graham Perkin. It carries a $20,000 cash prize provided by The Age and is supported by Virgin Australia.

The 2019 judging panel included ABC News Breakfast host Michael Rowland, managing editor of The Australian newspaper Helen Trinca, and former Sunday Age editor Duska Sulicich.

The winner will be announced at the 2019 Quill Awards Dinner on Friday 6 March 2020. Tickets can be booked here.



The 2019 Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year finalists are presented alphabetically by surname below. Please note that some work submitted with entries - including print materials - may not be included.

Anne Connolly, ABC, for ongoing investigative work into the aged care sector

"Without a Care", ABC 7.30, 15 January 2019
"Chemical and physical restraint: What happened to Terry Reeves could happen again under new rules", ABC Online, 27 June 2019
"The hidden sexual abuse scandal in aged care", ABC Background Briefing, 14 April 2019
“This is what neglect looks like”, ABC Online, May 12, 2019
"Too big to fail", ABC 7.30, 12 September 2019

Peter Charley, Al Jazeera, for “How to sell a massacre”

“How to Sell a Massacre” homepage, Al Jazeera
“How to Sell a Massacre” Feature, Part 1, Al Jazeera, 25 March 2019
“How to Sell a Massacre” Feature, Part 2, Al Jazeera, 27 March 2019

Nick McKenzie, The Age, for a portfolio of work

Crown Unmasked series, The Age/60 Minutes, beginning 27 July 2019
Helloworld series, The Age, beginning 19 February 2019
Secrets of War series, The Age/60 Minutes, beginning 22 September 2019
China's Spy Secrets series, The Age/60 Minutes, beginning 23 November 2019

Royce Millar & Ben Schneiders, The Age, for a portfolio of work

“Pulp fiction? Film noir? No, it's Casey council, and it's all too real”, The Age, 6 December 2019
“Chin Chin empire underpaid staff”, The Age, 3 October 2019.
“Wage Strife in Ezard Eateries”, The Sunday Age, 17 February 2019.
“Big Man Comes to Grief Over Women”, The Age, 14 June 2019
“Inmate Numbers Soaring”, The Age, 27 June 2019


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