The June Andrews Award for Freelance Journalist of the Year

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, 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.

Entries for the 2020 June Andrews Award for Freelance Journalist of the Year are now open. Enter here.

Works must be submitted before the deadline of Sunday, April 26, 2020, and have been produced between 27 April 2019 – 26 April 2020. 

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Entries open until 26 April

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 (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 Sunday 26 April 2020, and have been produced between 27 April 2019 – 26 April 2020. Entries are 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any further questions, please contact either:

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

Barbara Blackman 
barbara.blackman@walkleys.com or 0425 297 082

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Past winners

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. 

  • 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