David Braue and The Australian Financial Review have taken out the Best Journalist and Best Title categories respectively at the 2021 Samsung Australia IT Journalism Awards.
Held on Tuesday 14 December at Luna Park in front of a crowd of more than 300 people, Braue also collected the Best Technical Journalist and Best Corporate Content awards, while The Fin scooped up Best Business Coverage.
Accepting his awards virtually, Braue reminisced on his decades in the industry, thanking everyone he’d worked with over the years.
“I really want to take another opportunity to thank everybody. What can I say? I wake up everyday and I just love what I’m doing. This is 26 years now I’ve been doing this. I’ve probably been writing about tech longer than some people in this room have been alive, which is frightening to me.
“It’s been an absolute pleasure to work with everybody, with my amazing editors, and keeping me busy which is always great. It’s not a guaranteed thing but I like to think that my words are good enough that it keeps you guys coming back, so thank you.
“We’ve got so many amazing people and it’s my privilege to work alongside you and to really cover this really important beat. So thank you, thank you, thank you,” said Braue.
Appearing on stage for The Australian Financial Review were Paul Smith and Jessica Sier, with Smith recognising the hard work of the team and paying tribute to the industry.
“Thank you very much, this is actually a real honour. So many good titles, so much good journalism done in a year. It’s really, really gratifying for the work that we do to be recognised like this.
“It’s been a big year for tech news. I’ve said it for many years now, it’s the best beat you can have on a newspaper like the Financial Review, when you can see your colleagues across all the different sectors and we can write stories about every industry, every facet of life and just make it about tech because tech is everywhere,” Smith said.
A full list of winners is below:
Alicia Camphuisen Best New Journalist - Stephanie Panecasio
Highly Commended - Jini Maxwell
Best Gaming Journalist - Jini Maxwell
Highly Commended - James Parkinson
Best Telecommunications Journalist - Paul Smith
Highly Commended - Josh Taylor, Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson
Best Security Journalist - Brett Winterford
Highly Commended - David Braue, Patrick Gray
Best Technical Journalist - David Braue
Highly Commended - Angharad Yeo, Krishan Sharma
Paul Zucker Best Technology Industry Journalist - Paul Smith
Highly Commended - Eleanor Dickinson, Yolanda Redrup
Graeme Philipson Best Columnist - Mark Pesce
Highly Commended - Paul Smith, Rae Johnston
Best Technology Issues Journalist - Daniel Van Boom
Highly Commended - David Swan, Jackson Ryan
Pioneer of IT Media - Graeme Philipson
Best Business Coverage - The Australian Financial Review
Highly Commended - iTnews and Which-50
John Costello Best Business Technology Journalist - Simon Sharwood
Highly Commended - David Braue, Jack Derwin, Tess Bennett
Best News Coverage - The Sydney Morning Herald
Highly Commended - iTnews, The Australian Financial Review
Cass Warneminde Best News Journalist - Rohan Pearce
Highly Commended - Justin Hendry, Ry Crozier
Helen Dancer Best Consumer Technology Journalist - Josh Taylor
Highly Commended - David Braue, Jackson Ryan
Best Consumer Technology Coverage - Gizmodo
Highly Commended - CNET Australia
Best Reviewer - Tegan Jones
Highly Commended - Alex Choros, Chris Griffith
Best Gaming Coverage - Gameplay
Highly Commended - CNET Australia, Good Game Spawn Point
David Hellaby Best Media Relations - David Wolf
Highly Commended - Doug Johns, Salvatore Di Muccio
Best Corporate Content - David Braue
Highly Commended - Chantelle Schmidt, Storyation, Which-50
Best Independent Media - Vertical Hold: Behind The Tech News
Highly Commended - Redaktor
Best Journalist - David Braue
Best Title - The Australian Financial Review