The West Australian and The Sunday Times reporter Caitlyn Rintoul has been rewarded at the WA Media Awards for her groundbreaking work exposing the alarming incidence of rape and sexual harassment in the State’s mining industry.
Rintoul won the Best Print News Coverage gong for her tenacious journalism which shone a light on the FIFO industry. Her coverage prompted a parliamentary inquiry and forced Australia’s most powerful miners to commit to lasting cultural change.
Rintoul’s work has also earned her a nomination for Australia’s most prestigious journalism prize when she takes on the country’s best journalists at the national Walkley Awards in February.
Seven West Media took out eight categories at Saturday night’s event.
The West and Sunday Times’ Mitchell Woodcock won the Gilmour-Christian Prize for Outstanding Sports Reporting for his coverage of West Coast Fever’s deliberate salary cap breaches in the Super Netball competition.
Briana Fiore won the Eaves-Prior-Day Prize for Best New Journalist. Fiore also picked up the award for Best Regional and Community Reporting for her investigation into failing maternity services at the Bunbury Hospital. The stories appeared in the Bunbury Herald, Harvey-Waroona Reporter and The West Australian.
The West Australian and Sunday Times photographer Danella Bevis won Best Feature Photographic Essay.
Best Suburban Print Reporting went to Victoria Rifici from the PerthNow newspapers. West Australian Newspapers editor-in-chief Anthony De Ceglie said he was extremely proud of the team’s achievements.
Simon Hydzik, Matt Anderson and Frank Gradisen from 7News were awarded the prize for Best Camera Work for their coverage of the destruction wrought by Cyclone Seroja in April.
Sandra Di Girolamo won Best Freelancer for her work on Channel 7’s Flashpoint.
6PR radio presenter Gareth Parker won several gongs, including taking out the top award for WA Journalist of the Year.