Prestigious award for Riv journalist

By Riverine Herald

RIVERINE Herald senior writer Ivy Jensen has been awarded a prestigious new fellowship through the Walkley Foundation.

She is one of just 14 journalists selected nationally as the inaugural Our Watch Fellows – and the only regional print media representative. In 2017 Jensen was also the recipient of an Our Watch media award for her coverage of domestic violence.

The 14 fellows will attend a series of three retreats in February, March and June 2019.

A Walkley Foundation spokeswoman said the fellowship program aims to build and refine the journalists’ knowledge of best practice reporting on violence against women and deepen their understanding of the complexities of the issue.

The successful fellows are:

■Kylie Boltin, SBS

■Liz Burke,

■Dimity Clancey, A Current Affair, Nine

■Maddison Connaughton, The Saturday Paper

■Alison Dance, WIN News Central West

■Nour Haydar, ABC

■Ivy Jensen, The Riverine Herald

■Sarah Malik, SBS

■Sherele Moody, News Corp Australia

■Lauren Novak, The Advertiser

■Gary Nunn, Freelance

■Miki Perkins, The Age

■Emma Race, ABC

■Gina Rushton, BuzzFeed News

Our Watch chief executive Patty Kinnersly said the organisation was delighted by the high quality of those selected.

“This tells us that overwhelmingly the media wants the skills and knowledge to report on violence against women in ways that are responsible, ethical and sensitive,” Ms Kinnersley said.

“Most journalists understand violence against women is a national crisis, and that the media can play a powerful role in highlighting the issue and informing the public conversation, ” she said.

“We believe most poor-practice reporting on the issue of violence against women is not done intentionally, rather it occurs because of legal queries, old habits and common misconceptions about what drives violence against women.

“The Fellowship retreats offer journalists the opportunity to share ideas with peers on how these hurdles can be overcome, hear from veteran journalists on this issue and talk to violence against women experts.”

Our Watch has been established to drive nation-wide change in the culture, behaviours and attitudes that underpin and create violence against women and children.