Australian Freelance Journo of the Year 2017

Apply now for the Walkley Award for Best Freelance Journalist for 2017.

This MEAA Walkley Award recognises “the unique contribution that freelance journalists make across all media platforms to the future of the industry.”

Open to residents of either Australia or New Zealand.

The winner will receive a full pass to the Walkley’s Storyology Summit and two tickets to the Walkley Awards Gala Dinner.

Previous winners include Yaara Bou Melhem, Andrew Quilty, Debra Jopson, Fiona Harari and Dave Tacon.

Entries open till April 26.

Apply online: http://bit.ly/freelanceaward

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Australian Freelance Journo of the Year 2015

Apply now for the Walkley Award for Best Freelance Journalist of the Year 2015

This MEAA Walkley Award recognises “the unique contribution that freelance journalists make across all media platforms to the future of the industry.”

Open to residents of either Australia or New Zealand.

The winner will receive $3,000 in prize money, a full pass to the Walkley’s Storyology Summit and two tickets to the Walkley Awards Gala Dinner.

Entries are now open.

Apply online: http://bit.ly/freelanceaward

FREELANCE JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR AWARD 2014 – Entries open now

The Walkley Award for Best Freelance Journalist of the Year 2014 is presented by the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance, with prize including $3,000 in prize money, a full pass to the Walkley’s Storyology Summit and two tickets to the Walkley Awards Gala Dinner.

Entries open Monday May 19, 2014, and close at 5.00pm, Monday June 16, 2014.

To qualify for the award, you must be an Australian citizen resident regularly engaged as a freelance journalist/photographer in any medium. Work submitted for entry must have been published, produced or broadcast in either Australia or New Zealand.

Entries are judged on a work or a body of work (up to five pieces) published or broadcast between June 4, 2013 and June 16, 2014. Judges consider resources available and effort expended as well as newsworthiness; research; writing; production; incisiveness; impact; public benefit; ethics; originality; innovation; and creative flair.

Three finalists will be announced on Monday June 30, 2014 and the winner announced on Thursday July 24, 2014 at an event in Sydney. All entrants will receive an invitation to attend the announcement.

Entry costs is free for MEAA and EPMU members, and $295 including GST for non-members.

Application forms should be completed online here, and a 200-word entry statement explaining your entry must be included with the submission:
http://walkleys.com/awards/freelancer-of-the-year/freelance-journalist-year-application/

2010 winners: Good Editor and Good Corporate Editor awards

The winners of the 2010 Good Editor and Good Corporate Editor awards were announced last Thursday at the Walkleys Media Conference Freelance Event.

They were:

* Good Editor – Claudine Ryan, ABC Health & Wellbeing

* Good Corporate editor – Mick Paskos, Law Institute Journal (LIJ), Victoria

To listen to the announcement made at the Walkleys, click on the following link.

\”Good Editor Award 2010 announcement\”

Congratulations to both our winners!

2010 Finalists: Good Editor and Good Corporate Editor Awards

Congratulations to the following Finalists, who were nominated by Freeline members in appreciation of the dignity, respect and  professionalism that these editors show to freelance journalists:

Good Editor Award 2010

Editor Publication
Alan Johnson Manufacturers Monthly – Reed Business
Brian Crisp Escape (News Ltd’s national travel liftout)
Chris Ord Outer Edge
Claudine Ryan ABC Health & Wellbeing (based in Brisbane)
Fiona McGill Sydney Morning Herald, deputy editor, special projects
Helen Anderson Traveller, SMH & Age
Keith Austin Good Pub Food Guide
Liz Graham Yoga Journal Australia
Mara Lee Practical Parenting
Marge Overs Australian Rural Doctor
Natasha Dickins Handyman Magazine
Peter Simcock Fairfax Community
Rick Allen Parramatta Advertiser
Rod McGuinness New Matilda
Sandi Gauvin alive Australia
Sandy McPhie Way2Go
Stephen Scourfield Travel editor, The West Australian
Susan Kurosawa Travel & Indulgence section, Weekend Australian.
Tamsin O’Neill Green Magazine
Tania Gomez & Sarah Oakes Cleo
Terri Cowley RM Williams “Outback” magazine
Tracey Evans Connexus magazine
Vita Palestrant Sydney Morning Herald, Money section


Good Corporate Editor Award 2010

Editor Publication
Christina Sampson Princeton Publishing
Diana Simmonds Sydney Alumni Magazine
Guy Sigley BRIGADE
Melissa Cranenburgh Big Issue
Mick Paskos Law Institute Journal (LIJ) Victoria

The winners will be announced on August 12th at the Freelance Stream of the 2010 Walkley Media Conference

2010 Good Editor Award and Good Corporate Editor Award

As all freelancers know, a good editor is worth their weight in gold. The Sydney Freelance Journalists Group wants to recognise those editors whose professionalism and love of good work enhances our industry. Our 2009 winner, Roger Fox, gardening editor for Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, is the sort of editor we would all like to work for. Read about his editing style and the team of freelancers he manages here.

We are currently calling for nominations for our 2010 Award.

There are two categories in this competition – the Good Editor and the Corporate Editor.

The Good Editor Award is for editors of publications / programs that fall under the category of journalism i.e. that do not exist to serve the interests of a company or organisation.

The Corporate Editor Award is for editors of publications / programs that do exist to serve the interests of a company or organisation i.e. they publish / broadcast stories that fall under the category of corporate / organisational media.

Criteria for the Good Editor / Corporate Editor Awards

* shows respect for freelancers’ work
They don’t over-edit, they phone or email freelancers to discuss major changes. They don’t under-edit or allow typos and bloopers to slip past.

* shows respect for freelancers’ time
They don’t ask for the world with no notice, they pass on any contacts they have and show general business etiquette. They don’t change their mind and want a different angle for stories / pictures / work after it has been submitted.

* knows what they want
They have a solid grasp of their publication or their particular department, so they are able to clearly explain what they want when they commission work. They can explain why a pitch is or isn’t a good fit, and if it’s the latter, make suggestions for changes that would bring it on target. Such knowledge also enables them to give constructive critiques.

* is able to facilitate fair and timely payment
Editors should not be the friendly face of publishers or broadcasters who do not pay or underpay freelancers.

* is an impermeable barrier between advertising and editorial
There is a difference between journalism and advertorial. Good editors know and respect that difference.

Good Editor Award nominees must satisfy all five criteria, while Corporate Editor Award nominees must satisfy the first four (there is no need for a barrier between advertising and editorial in corporate media).

The committee of the Sydney Freelance Journalists Group will decide which category nominees fall into. As a guide, publications and programs that sell advertising, or public or community funded broadcasters or publishers are within the category of journalism.  Publications and programs that are in-house or exist to distribute information about a company or organisation are within the category of corporate / organisational media.

Email your entries to freelinesydney@gmail.com. Entries close COB Friday 19 June 2010. The winner will be decided by the Sydney Freelance Journalists Group committee and announced at the end of June.

Freelancers from all media are encouraged to nominate editors who fulfill all of the relevant criteria.

Nominate your favorite editor today!

Good Editor Award

On June 29, the result of a poll held by members of Freeline who voted for the Freelancer’s Choice for 2009 Good Editor Award was announced.

The 2009 Good Editor Award winner is Roger Fox, gardening editor, Better Homes and Gardens Magazine.

Testimonials from freelancers about Roger include:

“I’ve never worked for a more professional, decent person. His values are not praised often enough.”

The runners up were:
Rebecca Spicer – Empower Magazine
Susan Prior – editor of www.onlineopinion.com.au
and  Fiona McGill – section editor at the Sydney Morning Herald

An online poll is planned for 2010, allowing freelancers to nominate and vote for their favorite editors; and a second award for corporate editors will be offered (for those who edit publications and programs that are in-house or exist to distribute information about a company or organisation).

The 2009 Sydney Freelance Journalists Group Committee are Rachael Osman-Chin (Chair) and committee members Fran Molloy, Jan Forrester, Christine Fogg, Emily Chantiri and Liz Swanton.