Freelance journos get their own Walkley Award

Freelance journalists are to get their own Walkley Award, the organisers have announced.

Laurie Oakes, chair of the Walkley Foundation Advisory Board, said: “This is a very exciting new award that is designed to highlight the important role that freelance journalists play in the media. Increasingly, media outlets look to freelancers for content and this award aims to reflect that need.”

The Award for Best Freelance Journalist of the Year will be chosen “on the basis of journalistic excellence”. Judging will be based on  work published or broadcast in any medium in the past year. Judges will consider the resources available and effort expended in the preparation of the work.

Oakes said: “This award will encompass a broad range of new media including on-line journalism and blogging.”

The initiative is in partnership with the Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance.

Prize money of $3000 along with$500 of training and two tickets to the Walkley Awards dinner are included.

Entries close  on March 7 with the winner announced at the Annual Media Alliance freelance conference in Melbourne on March 30.


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