On Monday 22nd May at the O-Bar in Surrey Hills Sydney, the inaugural Crikey’ were held. See who won what.

On May 22 at 5.30pm you are invited to come to The Crikeys – an awards night looking at the darker side of the media, not unlike what The Raspberries are to The Oscars.

The gig kicks off at 5.30pm at the O’Bar in Devonshire St, Surry Hills, in Sydney. Finger food will be provided, although drinks will be at bar prices. As a battling start up after a tech stock crash, it will be $10 at the door to cover costs, unless you are a crikey subscriber.

The final categories are listed below. We would welcome your feedback as to who are the most deserving winners.

Hillary Bray, former ABC arts reporter Stephen Feneley and Stephen Mayne have agreed to be judges along with a Sydney News Ltd journalist and someone currently with the ABC who shall remain nameless. The team from The Chaser will also be helping out.

The idea is to have a look under the carpet at all those things swept there by our media brooms. We want to point out some of the more colorful, shoddy and downright outrageous aspects of our profession and the PR industry.

Unlike the Walkleys and Quill Awards, which require the questionable practice of self-nomination, the only requirement for a Crikey nomination is that someone else lodges it.

And Crikey committee members are banned from entering The Crikeys, which is their good fortune really.

We are also planning to have a Crikey awards ceremony later in the year for the whole of the 1990s, so start thinking.

In the mean time, send in your recommended winners to [email protected] and see you on the night. All emails will be treated confidentially.

Crikey Award Categories for the period Jan 1999 to May 2000

The I award for columnists

Most groveling apology.

Biggest defamation payout.

Most litigious dickhead prize

The we were wrong prize.

The don’t report on your proprietor prize

Weakest interview of the year

Award for breaking a story on your proprietor

The beat up on your propietors’ enemies prize

Most ridiculous front page story

Most inappropriate director or a media outlet

Biggest stuff up on air

The fly around the world junket award

Best newspaper letter

Stupidest editorial

The most disgraceful cash offering for comment

Most loathsome PR company award.

Most shameless spindoctor award.

Most shameless celebrity manager

Biggest lie told to the media

The shoot the messenger award for political media bashing

Oblivion to public opinion award

Best question asked all mediums

Worst question asked all mediums

Most Ingenious Method of Avoiding Unpleasant Media Attention.

Most Consistently Unpublished Letter-writer

The disloyalty award for bagging your own outlet.

The teflon award for surviving media assaults

Minister for picture opportunities award.

Most inane political press release award.

Sycophancy to totalitarians prize.

The self-appointed bullshit lobby group award

Biggest PR Department Award.

The stupidest cut to editorial resources prize

The Lachlan Murdoch internet luddite award

The Col Allan stick it up your punter prize for jackboot journalism.

The overexposure prize.

The Media lazarus award

Now that you’ve reached the bottom, send an email suggesting a winner to . Or suggest an additional category with a ready-made winner.

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