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

Congratulations 2015 Freelancer of The Year finalists

FREELANCE JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

Congratulations to the three top Australian freelancers selected as finalists in the 2015 Walkley Award for Best Freelance Journalist of the Year.

Fiona Harari, Andrew Quilty and William Verity.

The overall winner will be announced in Sydney on July 29.

More details: http://bit.ly/1Gbm4v5

This year’s awards attracted more than 60 top-quality entries, showing that freelance journalism in Australia is alive and kicking!

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

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!