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  • Entries close Monday April 26 at midnight

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 
marcus.raue@walkleys.com or 0437 762 715

Lauren Dixon
lauren.dixon@walkleys.com or 0413 212 890

Past winners

  • 2020 Winner: Karishma Vyas
  • 2019 Winner: Yaara Bou Melhem
  • 2018 Winner: Karishma Vyas
  • 2017 Winner: Jo Chandler
  • 2016 Winner: Yaara Bou Melhem
  • 2015 Winner: Andrew Quilty
  • 2014 Winner: Debra Jopson
  • 2013 Winner: Fiona Harari
  • 2012 Winner: Dave Tacon