Judge’s Comments: “Jo Chandler was chosen for her compelling body of work exploring climate change. Her self-funded research and reporting delivered engaging features with very human insights into the complex facets of this century’s biggest story.”
The Freelance Journalist of the Year Award is awarded by the Walkley Foundation, which oversees Australia’s most prestigious journalism prizes. It was awarded for a body of work called “Climate of Change”, which included my reportage for The Monthly on the Great Barrier Reef and Antarctica’s Totten Glacier, and for ABC Radio National’s Background Briefing Report on climate impacts on Australian agriculture. Links to all these stories can be found in the blog posts below.
This is my second Walkley – the first, for Commentary, Analysis and Opinion, was awarded in 2009. It was a high note on which to pause my freelance career – at least as a full-time enterprise. After freelancing for the past five years, I have recently accepted a position as a Professional Expert, lecturer and editor at the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Advancing Journalism. I plan to continue publishing writing and journalism when time and opportunity allows. So friends and contacts – stay in touch! Always grateful to hear your ideas, concerns, tips. Thanks for your support over a challenging and exciting few years.