Scribe earns Clarion Awards nominations
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.
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.