The June Andrews Award for Freelance Journalist of the Year recognises the unique contribution that freelance journalists make across all media platforms to the future of the industry. The award is an initiative of the Walkley Foundation in partnership with Media Super and MEAA.

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The prize

The winner of the Freelance Journalist of the Year will receive 2 x tickets to the Walkley Awards Gala Dinner.

Entry fee

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

Entry remains free for MEAA members.

Judging criteria

The winner of the June Andrews Award for Freelance Journalist of the Year will be chosen on the basis of journalistic excellence.  Judging will be for a body of work (three 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 Monday 26 April 2021, and have been produced between 27 April 2020 – 26 April 2021.

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any further questions, please contact either:

Marcus Raue or 0437 762 715

Lauren Dixon or 0413 212 890

Past winners

The 2020 winner of the June Andrews Award for Freelance Journalist of the Year was Karishma Vyas for her stories The War on Afghan Women,” (101 East – Al Jazeera English);Afghanistan: The Healers” (101 East – Al Jazeera English); and “Behind Enemy Lines“(Foreign Correspondent, ABC ).

Karishma Vyas is an Emmy and Peabody-nominated journalist, and the 2018 Freelancer of the Year. She has almost 20 years of experience covering international news for media networks, including Al Jazeera, the ABC and Channel 4 news.  A proud immigrant to Australia, Karishma’s passion for bridging cultural divides drives her stories.

The 2019 Freelance Journalist of the Year was Yaara Bou Melhem for her stories for Witness, Al Jazeera English and Foreign Correspondent, ABC. Yaara was also named the Freelance Journalist of the Year in 2016, and becomes the first journalist to win this honour twice.