Jour­nal­ist awarded

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Jour­nal­ist Dorothy Hen­der­son, a pro­lific writer for Coun­try­man, has won the best free­lancer cat­e­gory at this year’s pres­ti­gious WA Me­dia Awards.

The judges said of her en­tries: “This set of sto­ries presents the widest va­ri­ety of ru­ral life with em­pa­thy and an un­der­stand­ing of the land.

“The au­thor gives the reader a nu­anced in­sight into the ex­pe­ri­ences of peo­ple, and not through ‘man on the land’ stereo­types. Hen­der­son clearly likes and re­spects her in­ter­vie­wees, whether they are com­ment­ing com­i­cally on an earth­quake shock and the so­lace of shar­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence on so­cial me­dia, or a mother de­scrib­ing the value of grow­ing mar­ket veg­eta­bles with her two young sons”.

In a poignant touch, Ms Hen­der­son said she was en­cour­aged to sub­mit the en­tries by her daugh­ter Ally, be­fore she was trag­i­cally killed by a bull in a farm ac­ci­dent a few weeks ago.

Seven West Me­dia took out sev­eral awards at last Satur­day’s gala pre­sen­ta­tion.

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