Freelance journalist Jo Chandler wins George Munster Prize

Jo Chandler, picture by Vlad Sokhin

Jo Chandler, picture by Vlad Sokhin

In summary: 
  • A series of stories on the complexity and contradictions of Papua New Guinea, Australia's closest neighbour, has won the 2013 George Munster award for independent journalism
  • The award is presented by the George Munster Trust and the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism at UTS

Freelance journalist and former senior writer for Fairfax Jo Chandler has won the 2013 George Munster award for independent journalism for a series of articles on Papua New Guinea, published last year in the online publication The Global Mail.

Covering issues such as health and human rights; violence and justice; aid and development; gender and power, the stories illustrate the complexity and contradictions of PNG, Australia's closest neighbour.

These stories included It's 2013, And They're Burning Witches, an article which received more than one million page views, and the personal TB and me.

Each story demonstrated superb investigative skills, rigorous fact checking and quality writing.

Jo will be presented the award on Monday evening 17 March at UTS a part of a conversation with Australian Centre for Independent Journalism Director Tom Morton about her stories, how and why she covered them and what continues to motivate her.

The George Munster Award recognises excellence in journalism. The award is presented by the George Munster Trust and the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism at UTS and commemorates George Munster, freelance editor, journalist and writer.

The presentation event, from 6pm for a 6.30pm start, will be held in the Bon Marche Studio, Building 3, Ground floor, 755 Harris St, Ultimo.

It is a free event, but please RSVP. For more information e-mail Jan.McClelland@uts.edu.au.

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