Business Insider Australia wins twice at the Westpac Excellence in Financial Journalism Awards

Business Insider Australia journalists have won two categories in this year’s National Press Club-Westpac awards for excellence in financial journalism.

The winners were announced yesterday in Canberra at the National Press Club.

Business editor Chris Pash won the Global and Australian Financial Markets category for his in-depth account of what investors are looking for in fintech startups.

The Digital Disruption and Technology category was won by Tony Yoo for his story detailing the origins of Xero, the cloud accounting platform which started in New Zealand and now serves more than one million customers.

The top prize this year was shared between entrants from Fairfax Metropolitan titles The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, and the Australian Financial Review.

Joe Aston, Edmund Tadros, Aaron Patrick and Patrick Durkin from the AFR were recognised for their investigation into the management of CPA Australia, the professional accounting body, which led to the departure of its high profile CEO Alex Malley.

Adele Ferguson and Ruth Williams of the SMH and The Age also shared the top prize for their expose of so-called “junk” life insurance linked to superannuation policies.

The global and economic reporting category went to Leo Shanahan of Sky News Business for his coverage of the Commonwealth Bank’s international transaction monitoring.

“The awards this year, for work published during 2017, were marked by a number of outstanding pieces of financial journalism,” the judges said.

It’s the second year in a row Chris Pash has featured among the winners, having taken out two categories in last year’s awards: Global and Australian Financial Markets; Digital Disruption and Technology.

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