Financial Standard journalist Alex Burke has been honoured for a series of feature articles on retirement income, winning an award at the Australian Citi Journalism Awards for Excellence.
Burke was judged winner of the Markets and Investment category after being nominated as one of three finalists. Other finalists in the category included Kanga News deputy editor Helen Craig, and The Australian Financial Review (AFR) reporter Peter Ker.
The overall winner was a joint submission from AFR reporters Michael Smith, Angus Grigg and Lisa Murray for their series on Crown Resorts staff being detained in China. The trio submitted in the General Business category.
Burke's entry included the articles 'Searching for retirement income solutions', 'The price of longevity' and 'Rethinking risk through goals-based investing' as published in Financial Standard.
Citi Australia country head, David Livingstone said: "Now in its 25th year in Australia, the Citi Journalism Awards for Excellence programme encourages and recognises outstanding business and finance reporting. The quality of submissions this year was excellent, befitting what we believe to be the leading business journalism awards in Australia and New Zealand."
This year 57 entries were received from Australian and New Zealand journalists representing 18 publications across the four categories of General Business, Markets and Investment, The Economy and Broadcast Media. The awards have now been running globally for 35 years.
Livingstone added that one of the key attributes of the awards is the integrity and independence of the judging panel, which is designed to represent a broad range of prominent Australian business, regulatory and community leaders.
A panel of ten independent judges and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in New York determined the winners based on criteria that included analysis and understanding of the issue, introduction of new ideas, use of research and interviews, originality in thinking and impact.
This year's judges were:
- Yasmin Allen Non-Executive Director, ASX
- Cathie Armour Commissioner, ASIC
- Andrew Baxter CEO, Publicis Worldwide Australia
- Paul Clitheroe Non-Executive Director, Ipac Securities
- Jacqui Jones Chief Executive, ABCN (Australian Business and Community Network)
- Sally Loane CEO, Financial Services Council
- Liz Ann Macgregor OBE Director, Museum of Contemporary Art
- Malcolm McComas Chairman, McComas Capital
- John Murray Managing Director, Perennial Value Management
- Andrew Pridham Managing Director, Moelis & Company and Chairman, Sydney Swans