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.
2022 finalists were announced on May 26:
- Martin McKenzie-Murray, The Monthly and Sydney Morning Herald, “Grace notes” “Australian Purgatory” and “Fringe parties, white supremacists and other grifters are mining the paranoia of our times”
- Andrew Quilty, Harper’s Magazine and Rolling Stone, “When the Raids Came” “Once the World Looks Away We Are All Dead” and “Where the Taliban Rule”
- Dale Webster, The Regional, “’Big four’ banks casting a dangerous shadow” “Why I spent a year counting every bank in regional Australia” and “What anyone making a submission to Australia’s latest regional banking inquiry should know first”
Read the full list of finalists here. Winners will be announced at the Mid-Year Celebration of Journalism on June 15.
2021 Winner: Andrew Quilty, The Intercept, The Monthly and Afghanistan After America, Podcast, “The CIA’s Afghan Death Squads” “The Worst Form of Defence” and “Afghanistan After America: A Podcast”.
“In a strong field of excellent entries, Andrew Quilty’s work was a stand-out,” the judges said. “A War on Civilians in Afghanistan combines fine on-the-ground reporting, compelling photography, and podcasting to capture the experiences of civilians in the conflict zone. Quilty displayed considerable tenacity and talent to tell these important stories.”
Andrew Quilty has been based in Kabul, Afghanistan, since 2013, working first as a photojournalist and more recently as a writer. He has won six Walkley Awards, including the Gold Walkley in 2016, as well as the George Polk Award, World Press Photo Awards and, most recently, an Overseas Press Club of America award.