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:

Read the full list of finalists hereWinners 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.

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 2022, and have been produced between 27 April 2021 – 26 April 2022.

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 or 0413 212 890

Past Freelance Journalist of the Year winners