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The Betoota Advocate has shocked the entire Australian media landscape after winning the foundation’s ‘Excellence in Investigative Journalism” Prize
The prize, which was awarded to the newspaper’s Editor-At-Large, Errol Parker who was listed as a finalist for his breathtaking journey into Australian pub culture and toxic machoism with “Man banned from hotel after squishing meat pie into pokie machine”
The story, which was shared over 80,000 times around the world and even featured on ABC’s 730, was described by Foundation board member Kate McLymont as “one of those yarns that remind you why you got into journalism”.
This nod from the establishment concretes the Betoota Advocate’s position as one the most dependable and well-read news publications in contemporary media.
Parker’s story was nominated alongside Channel Nine’s Chris O’Keefe, Network Ten’s Waleed Aly and Seven News’ Robert Ovadia and Chris Maher in the Australian News Reporting category.
The 61st Walkley Awards were presented in 34 categories at a ceremony in Brisbane’s Convention and Exhibition Centre. Journalists nation-wide submitted more than 1,300 entries in this year’s awards and were judged by a panel of more than 100 senior industry representatives
While dressed head to toe in MJ Bale, Errol Parker received a standing ovation for his acceptance speech, after mentioning how fucking hot it was and then criticising the Walkley Foundation for not providing any dark spirits on the bar tab.
“You’ve heard it here today. The Betoota Advocate represents the silent majority. We won’t stand for this fly-over journalism any longer”
“The bush got us here today. We owe nothing to anyone else. Fuck youse all”
The ABC won seven awards, four of which went to three Four Corners programs, including the investigative, documentary and international journalism prizes.
In a press release, Advisory Board chair Kate McClymont, a former Gold Walkley winner, said: “The judging process is what gives the Walkley Awards its credibility. The judges are senior journalists — people who know the skill, quick wit, depth of research and analysis, resourcefulness and even physical courage that it takes to create the best journalism.”