Since November 30, 1971.

Perkin Judging Criteria



The Perkin is open to any Australian journalist or editor/director whose work was published or broadcast in 2019. Originally established for print journalists, it is now open to all media. Nominees may enter themselves or be nominated by their editors. Colleagues may nominate an editor for outstanding leadership and campaigning. Journalists may nominate people from other news organisations. By accepting the prize, the winner agrees to speak at an event hosted by the Melbourne Press Club in 2020.


The independent judges are asked to look for journalism that is memorable and excellent. They are asked to reward work that is consistent with the journalism practised by Graham Perkin.

The Perkin award may be won with a single report, a series or a body of work. It may be won by an editor or producer. It may be won by a photographer, cartoonist or artist. It may be won by a reporter, feature writer, specialist writer, commentator or blogger.

It can be awarded for a portfolio of work throughout the year. But volume alone will not win the award unless it has the prime qualities of being consistently excellent and memorable.

The Perkin Award is for an individual. Nominations for an individual whose work was part of a team effort must be accompanied by a signed statement from the editorial supervisor that the nominee was the prime originator and developer of the work.


Entries should include a statement of no more than 1000 words summarising the work and achievements of the entrant and include a maximum of five examples of their work. For print and online journalism, PDFs of the work examples should be attached. For broadcast journalism, links should be provided to video or audio files. These must be publicly available and downloadable. In the case of large video files, four DVDs including copies of the work can be posted to the Melbourne Press Club at GPO Box 769, Melbourne 3001.

For further details and the online application form, go to

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