TND columnist named 2021 Kennedy Awards finalist

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UKTNThe high-quality journalism of was recognized with another nomination for an award.

Columnist Michael Pascoe was nominated for the second year in a row as a finalist in the Best Columnist category at the 2021 NRMA Kennedy Awards.

The awards celebrate the great pasts and present of Australian journalism and are named after veteran criminal journalist Les Kennedy, who died in 2011.

Kennedy Foundation President Rocco Fazzari said the sheer number of participants submitting work this year made it difficult for the jury to select nominees for the 34 categories.

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“In a very big topical year, the level of submissions was exceptional,” said Fazzari.

“The work of our 70 judges was really busy for them this year and the Kennedy Foundation sincerely thanks them for their dedication and support. “

The Kennedy Prize nomination is just the latest recognition from UKTNis excellent journalism.

Earlier this year, journalist Cait Kelly was nominated for the June Andrews Award for Industrial Relations Reporting at the Mid-Year Wakleys for her series on the exploitation of workers in the Australian agricultural industry.

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Among other things, Kelly exposed how farmers paid workers below minimum wage and charged them excessive accommodation costs.

Recognition for her excellent reporting came just after former TND political editor Samantha Maiden’s success at the 2020 Walkley Awards.

TND’s reporting of Scott Morrison’s Hawaiian vacation won a Walkey Award in 2020.

Maiden won the Scoop of the Year award for unveiling the story that Prime Minister Scott Morrison was on vacation in Hawaii during Australia’s worst bushfire season on record.

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His reporting forced Mr. Morrison to apologize and months later influenced his approach to handling the pandemic.

The same awards ceremony also celebrated the work of investigative journalist Lucie Morris-Marr, who covered Cardinal George Pell’s trial exclusively for TND.

Morris-Marr won the 2020 Walkley Book of the Year Best Seller Award Fallen.

You can read part of its cover for TND here.

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