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Oct 20, 2017

For the first time, a blogger makes the Walkley finalists

William Summers, whose readership is usually measured in hundreds rather than thousands, has only been blogging since February.

Emily Watkins — Media reporter

Emily Watkins

Media reporter

A blogger who only started his website this year and whose readership is usually measured in hundreds rather than thousands has been named as a finalist in Australian journalism's most prestigious awards. He's the first blogger to be named as a finalist in any Walkley Awards category since bloggers were first allowed to enter in 2013.

William Summers, whose day job is as a communications manager for a university, was the first to investigate and publish the evidence that Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce was likely a New Zealand citizen, and it was his emailed questions to Kiwi officials that sparked questions asked in their parliament.

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2 thoughts on “For the first time, a blogger makes the Walkley finalists

  1. [email protected]

    Given that newspapers such as the Gold Coast Bulletin won’t even run stories criticising a a mayor whose behaviour is described as ‘appalling’ by the Qld CCC, the community depends on bloggers, social media— and of course the ABC—to learn the truth about corruption in their midst.

  2. Chris McLoughlin

    Imagine not having you’re work ruined by subs or producers or other journos … or spiked by bloody minded editors.

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