Scribe earns Clar­ion Awards nom­i­na­tions

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A MOV­ING Weekend Mag­a­zine fea­ture about the lin­ger­ing death of euthana­sia cam­paigner Ju­dith Da­ley has been nom­i­nated in Queens­land’s pres­ti­gious jour­nal­ism awards.

“Smok­ing may be the death of Ju­dith, but she will die her way’’ was part of an ex­ten­sive se­ries of fea­tures and news ar­ti­cles penned by Sherele Moody (pic­tured right) for her ground-break­ing se­ries on death and mor­tal­ity in re­gional Aus­tralia.

Moody’s Death Talk­ers se­ries earned one nom­i­na­tion in the Clar­i­ons’ best re­gional fea­ture or opin­ion cat­e­gory.

Her per­sonal and mov­ing opin­ion pieces on gay mar­riage, vi­o­lence against women and chil­dren and do­mes­tic and fam­ily abuse scored her an­other nom­i­na­tion in the best re­gional fea­ture or opin­ion cat­e­gory and one in the com­men­tary, anal­y­sis, opin­ion and cri­tique cat­e­gory.

“Death is some­thing we will all ex­pe­ri­ence, but it’s a topic most Aussies would rather avoid,” Sherele said of her Death Talk­ers se­ries.

“I wanted to ex­am­ine as many as­pects of mor­tal­ity as I could.

“I in­ter­viewed peo­ple who are dy­ing, peo­ple who have faced death and sur­vived to tell the tale, peo­ple who have lost a loved one and peo­ple who have made death and dy­ing their pro­fes­sion.

“The se­ries is based around health and mor­tal­ity sta­tis­tics and fea­tures in­ter­views with ex­perts on the sub­ject from across Aus­tralia.”

Sherele said Ms Da­ley’s love of life and smok­ing re­ally added an ex­tra spark to the se­ries.

“She is dy­ing from a habit in­spired by movie stars but she is de­ter­mined to go out in her own way and on her own terms,” she said.

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At 74 years old, Ju­dith Da­ley has just one re­gret – smok­ing. The euthana­sia cam­paigner hopes an Aus­tralian state will have vol­un­tary as­sisted death leg­is­la­tion in place be­fore she dies.

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