Entries now open for Australia’s most prestigious media awards

July 14, 2015 #MEAAMedia

To submit your entry for the 2015 Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism please visit

Entry is free for MEAA Media members and $295 for non-members.

Work must have been produced during the entry period of September 1, 2014 – August 31, 2015.

Entries close August 31, 2015.

MEAA goes to Fair Work Commission over Fairfax cuts

June 26, 2015 #MEAAMedia

MEAA has written to Fairfax Media to express our extreme disappointment at the announcement that the regional arm of the business, Australian Community Media (ACM) would proceed with its plan to drastically cut editorial jobs at its Illawarra and South Coast newspapers.

Fairfax Media’s Australian Community Media director John Angilley yesterday confirmed that 47 journalists, photographers and commercial staff will lose ...

Government jumps the shark with inquiry into Q&A

June 25, 2015 #MEAAMedia

MEAA condemns the Prime Minister’s announcement today that “there is going to be an urgent government inquiry into the ABC” following the appearance of Zaky Mallah on Q&A last Monday night and the regular rebroadcasting of the program yesterday.

MEAA notes that the Prime Minister is concerned that the ABC gave “a platform to this convicted criminal and terrorist sympathiser”. MEAA ...

Actors and crew deliver #saveourstories petition to Parliament

June 18, 2015 #MEAACrew #MEAAEquity

Leading Australian actors and crew visited Canberra on Tuesday to deliver a petition to Arts Minister George Brandis urging the government to not axe the visa rules that protect local jobs and stories.

Minister Brandis refused to meet the MEAA delegation to receive the #saveourstories visual petition, despite repeated requests. Instead, actors Geoff Morrell, Nadine Garner, Jay Laga’aia, Dave Nichols (key ...

MEAA condemns data retention bill and Brandis’ comments on journalist prosecutions

November 6, 2014 #MEAAMedia #pressfreedom #WithMEAA

MEAA has condemned the proposed Telecommunications (Interceptions and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014 as an outrageous attack on press freedom that will have a chilling effect on journalists and their ability to work with sources to bring matters of public interest to light.

Long before the current Bill, in August 2012, MEAA wrote in its submission to the Parliamentary inquiry ...