Westpac Excellence in Financial Journalism Awards



This award encourages a broader media coverage on financial media reporting and rewards excellence for journalistic endeavour and professionalism.

The winning journalist will receive $10,000 and have their name inscribed on the Honour board permanently displayed at the National Press Club.

Category winners will receive $1,000 and a certificate.

The awards are open to employed and freelance media professionals, or writing and production teams, who report on; business and company news, policy analysis and regulatory issues, personal and consumer finance, global and Australian financial markets and/or technology business issues in the 2015 calendar year.


Winners of the Westpac Excellence in Financial Journalism Award 2016 Announced

Adele Ferguson from Fairfax, Sarah Danckert from Fairfax and Klaus Toft from Four Corners, have won the
2016 Westpac Excellence in Financial Journalism Award with their joint entry:
‘7-Eleven: Employee Exploitation Expose’.

Congratulations to all!

The award was presented at the inaugural Address for the National Press Club of Australia – Sydney,
by Philip Coffey, Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Westpac.

Klaus Toft and Sarah Danckert, with Phil Coffey, Deputy CEO Westpac
Wednesday, 3 May 2017


We would also like to congratulate all of our category winners who have received a $1000 prize.
The results are as follows:

Business and Company
Adele Ferguson, Sarah Danckert & Klaus Toft, Four Corners / Fairfax
Story: “7-Eleven: Employee Exploitation Expose”

Global and Economic Reporting
Winner: Adam Creighton, The Australian
Story: “Great ‘Wall of Cash’ is Heading Our Way”

Personal and Consumer Finance
Winner: Adele Ferguson & Ruth Williams, The Age
Story: “NAB Investigation”

Global and Australian Financial Markets
 Chris Pash, Business Insider Australia
Story: “Inside the super-secure ASX liquidity centre”

Digital Disruption and Technology
Winner: Chris Pash, Business Insider Australia
“Why this former investment banker ditched his job to sell surfwear online”

Commendations and a $500 prize also went to the following winners:

Commendation: Emily Stewart, ABC
Category: Business and Company
Story: “Masters: Five reasons why Woolworths is pulling the plug on the struggling hardware chain”

Commendation: Angela Young, Australian Property Investor Magazine
Category: Personal and Consumer Finance
“Underquoting Crackdown”



2012 Peter Ryan ABC News
2012 Johnathan Barrett The Australian Financial Review
2016 Adele Ferguson, Sarah Danckert & Klaus Toft Four Corners / Fairfax