Rewarding excellence in freelance journalism
Fiona Harari is the 2013 Freelance Journalist of the Year!
On August 8, Freelance journalist Fiona Harari was named the 2013 Freelance Journalist of the Year for her body of work published in Fairfax Media’s Good Weekend magazine: “The here and now”, “Last Survivors” and “Missing years”.
Judges described Fiona as a “compelling storyteller who never loses sight of the fact she is allowing people to speak about deeply traumatic times in their lives that continue to haunt them”.
“Her work shows a sensitivity and compassion that also understands the newsworthy nature of what she’s doing,” they said.
Fiona was delighted by the accolade:
“Working as a freelancer often means working alone. The conference was a valuable opportunity to hear about the experiences we share in our working life and to learn of different ways in which freelancers operate. I am so pleased to have won the Freelance Journalist of the Year Award. In a rapidly changing media environment, where redundancies continue, the pool of freelancers grows. Working as an independent journalist can be difficult, and it is wonderful to now have a Walkley award recognising this burgeoning area of journalism.” --- Fiona Harari, freelance journalist and author, 2013 Freelance Journalist of the Year.
An accomplished and respected journalist and television producer, Fiona has over 30 years worked at The Age, Time (Australia) magazine and The Australian and has also spent many periods freelancing. She has worked on television programs including Enough Rope and Elders, and is the author of A Tragedy in Two Acts: Marcus Einfeld and Teresa Brennan. She has most recently written for Good Weekend and The Monthly.
Debra Jopson was a finalist for her body of work appearing in The Global Mail: “Goodes’ racism ordeal is only the tip of the iceberg”, “Australian uranium discovery threatens ancient indigenous cave art”, “Rock art riches: The devastating cost of Australia’s mining boom”, “Blasting the colonial past” and “The end of the sheep back”.
Elise Potaka was also a finalist for her body of work appearing on ABC Radio National, “From Tibet to Tamarama” and in The Global Mail and on Al Jazeera English: “Who’s watching the watch men?” and “Myanmar Rohingya” and “Myanmar change” (also on USA Today)
Fiona was named the overall winner at a gala event at Storyology: Ideas Write Now! (www.storyology.org.au) tonight in Sydney. She receives $3000 cash, $500 worth of Walkley professional development training and two tickets to the prestigious 58th Walkley Awards gala dinner in Brisbane on November 28.
An initiative of the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance in partnership with the Walkley Foundation for Journalism, the award proudly sponsored by AAP is open to residents of Australia and New Zealand and recognises the unique contribution to the profession freelance journalists make across media platforms.
Winners are chosen on the basis of journalistic excellence from a body of work (up to five pieces) published or broadcast in any medium, with judges considering resources available and effort expended as well as newsworthiness; research; writing; production; incisiveness; impact; public benefit; ethics; originality; innovation; and creative flair.
Twice as many freelancers as last year entered the award in 2013, reflecting both the growing community of freelance journalists and growing recognition of the award.
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