Freelance Journalist of the Year

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.

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

Finalists were previously announced here.

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 winner will receive a full pass to Storyology 2017 and two tickets to the Walkley Awards Gala Dinner.

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 in the last year. 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.

The award is an initiative of the Walkley Foundation in partnership with the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA).


Please contact Lauren Dixon at or on (02) 9333 0913.

Past Winners