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The inaugural Central News Media Prize for the best piece of journalism in Australia in 2023 across all formats has been won by an immersive piece of multimedia journalism that took readers/viewers on ‘a journey’ through a major urban building fire.

‘Razed’ by the ABC NSW and Innovations teams used video, photography and animated graphics of the old hat factory building in Surry Hills that was gutted by fire in May last year, to comprehensively tell the story of how the fire happened, weaving in historical facts and eyewitness accounts in a longform, parallax scrolling feature.

The Prize was judged by journalism students at UTS, who sorted through dozens of stories, videos and podcasts nominated over the previous year.

ABC journalists Jack Fisher and Katia Shatoba accepted the award at a ceremony on March 20. Their colleagues Harriet Tatham, Catherine Hanrahan and Julia Feder were all honoured by an audience of nearly 100 UTS journalism students for their work on the project.

To read the full story about the award, the other nominees and the awards night at the Abercrombie Hotel CLICK HERE.


Pamela Rontziokis, winner of the Crikey Award for Investigative Journalism, JERAA Ossie Awards 2023.

Suhayla Sharif, winner of the Alan Knight Award for Student Journalist of the Year at the 2023 NSW Premier’s Multicultural Communications Awards.

Jonathan Weitz-Freeman, winner of the Democracy’s Watchdogs Award 2023 for Investigative Journalism.

Rex Siu, Media Prize Editor

Ayesha Baig, Media Prize Editor

What’s next?

Students have begun gathering nominations for the 2025 Central News Media Prize.

For further enquiries email Media Prize editors Rex Siu on  or Ayesha Baig on