Entries for the 2021 June Andrews Award for Women’s Leadership in Media Award will open on Monday, March 8.

The June Andrews Award for Women’s Leadership in Media honours women who are making an outstanding journalistic contribution to gender equality and the visibility of women in society – both in Australia and on a global scale. It celebrates reporting that demonstrates notable innovation, enterprise or courage in raising awareness of women’s experiences and perspectives, and reflects the significance of media coverage in altering perceptions, challenging stereotypes and fighting misinformation.

Download the 2021 Terms and Conditions for the June Andrews Award for Women’s Leadership in Media here.

Download the FAQs for the 2021 June Andrews Award for Women’s Leadership in Media here.

Entry fee

Thanks to the support of PwC the entry fee for this award is capped at $50.

Judging criteria

Judges will evaluate submissions according to the following criteria:

  • Newsworthiness
  • Research, writing and productions
  • Incisiveness
  • Innovation, enterprise or courage
  • Impact and public benefit
  • Adherence to ethical standards
  • Time constraints and resources available

Judges will also consider the pressure and demand of reporting deadlines, and the location of the journalist. They also take into consideration isolation or exposure to outside forces, as well as the real or potential dangers in presenting a story.

Conditions of entry

Submissions are open to women working in both mainstream or alternative media, as individual pieces or collaborative projects. Entries may be single pieces or may consist of up to three pieces of work to represent a body of work. All forms of media are accepted.

Entries must have been published, broadcast or televised in Australia from April 27, 2020, to April 26, 2021. Eligibility for Women’s Leadership is based on independent acts of journalism, free from any commercial or corporate interests.

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. 

Past winners

2020 Women’s Leadership in Media Winner: Joanna Lester, Madeleine Hetherton and Rebecca Barry, Media Stockade, for documentary “Power Meri” with NITV and SBS On Demand.

2019 Women’s Leadership in Media Winner: Melissa Davey from Guardian Australia was the 2019 winner of the Women’s Leadership in Media award for “The investigation into Dr Gayed”.

2018 Women’s Leadership in Media Winner: Jane Caro‘s winning body of work comprised stories in The Saturday Paper, ABC News online and University of Queensland Press.

2017 Winner: Catherine Fox

2016 Winner: Jess Hill