Freelance Journalist of the Year

2018 Freelance journalist of the year winner

Congratulations to the 2018 Freelancer of the Year, Karishma Vyas, Al Jazeera English, “Bride and brothels: The Rohingya Trade” “Afghanistan: Asylum denied” “Forced back to cambodia”

See the full announcement of the mid-year award winners here.

2018 Judges: Angela Priestley (Women’s Agenda), Miki Perkins ( The Age) and Verica Jokic ( Freelance)

View all the 2018 finalists here.

About the award

The Freelance Journalist of the Year Award recognises the unique contribution that freelance journalists make across all media platforms to the future of the industry, and is open to residents of either Australia or New Zealand. The award is an initiative of the Walkley Foundation in partnership with Media Super and MEAA.

The prize

The winner of the Freelance Journalist of the Year will receive:

  • 1 x full pass to Storyology 2018
  • 2 x tickets to the Walkley Awards Gala Dinner

Entry fee

Thanks to the support of Media Super the entry fee for the Freelance Journalist of the Year Award has dropped to $50.

Entry remains free for MEAA members.

Judging criteria

The Freelance Journalist of the Year will be chosen on the basis of journalistic excellence.  Judging will be for a body of work (3 pieces) published or broadcast in any medium. The criteria used for judging will include:

  • Research
  • Storytelling ability
  • Originality and innovation
  • Tangible public benefit
  • Accuracy and ethics
  • Excellent use of the medium/media

Judges will take into regard the resources available and entrants should be explicit about their available resources in their statements.

Conditions of entry

Works must be submitted before the deadline of Thursday 26 April 2018, and have been produced between 27 April 2017 – 26 April 2018. The award is open to residents of both Australia and New Zealand.

All entrants must certify that the entry is their original work. Apart from standard sub-editorial/production treatment, submissions must adhere to the MEAA Code of Ethics in their preparation; undertake to abide by this Code of Ethics; and have complied with all copyright requirements.

Full Terms & Conditions
Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any further questions, please contact Lauren Dixon at or on (02) 9333 0913.


Past Winners

2017 Winner

Congratulations to the 2017 Freelancer of the Year, Jo Chandler, for her work in The Monthly and Background Briefing, ABC Radio National, Climate of Change.

Read the full announcement of Mid-Year award winners here.