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.

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, 2021, to April 26, 2022. Eligibility for Women’s Leadership is based on independent acts of journalism, free from any commercial or corporate interests.

 

2022 Winners

Sally Sara and Victoria Pengilley, RN Breakfast and The World Today, ABC Radio, “Taliban interview” “Shukria Barakzai” and “Hasina Safi

“Sally Sara and Victoria Pengilley combined to secure three extraordinary exclusives, painting an unparalleled picture of the plight of Afghan women last year. Meticulously researched, Sara’s interviews exposed the fear, pain and loss felt by women after the fall of Kabul. Her personal courage and composure in directly confronting the Taliban leadership also exemplifies the journalism honoured by this award.”



Sally Sara is an award-winning journalist, writer and author. She has reported from more than 40 countries as a foreign correspondent with the ABC, including Iraq, Afghanistan and Sierra Leone. Sally has won two Walkley Awards – one for her television reporting on the famine in Somaliland, the other for radio coverage of the fall of Kabul. She has twice been a finalist in the Graham Perkin Award for Australian Journalist of the Year.  She has won four UN Media Awards and been nominated for AACTA and Logie Awards. Sally has written for the New York Times and Boston Globe. In 2011, Sally was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia, AM, for service to journalism and the community.

 

Victoria Pengilley is a reporter and producer with RN Breakfast, Radio National’s flagship current affairs program. She previously worked with the ABC’s audio current affairs programs AM, PM and the World Today. She completed a BA in Communications (Journalism) with the University of Technology Sydney in 2021.

2022 Finalists

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.

 

 


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.

Terms and Conditions

Frequently Asked Questions

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, 2021, to April 26, 2022. 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. 

If you have any further questions, please contact either:

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

Past winners of the June Andrews Award for Women’s Leadership in Media