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The Unwritten has an Award Winning Editor-In-Chief!

The team at The Unwritten is delighted to announce that Editor-In-Chief, Rachel Charlton-Dailey has won the highly coveted 2021 Georgina Henry Award for Digital Innovation at the British Journalism Awards.

Launched by Women in Journalism, this award supports the brightest new ideas in journalism in memory of the Guardian’s late deputy editor, Georgina Henry a former Women in Journalism chair.

With previous award winners such as Laura Bates, founder of Everyday Sexism and Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff of Gal-dem, Rachel joins a long line of iconic, inspiring, and innovative journalists.

The judges said the award was going to an “important publication at an important time and that this award would make a huge difference to what they’re able to do next”.

Rachel said, “This is such a big win for not only me but also the disabled community. I created The Unwritten to amplify the voices of those who are too often ignored and told their stories aren’t important just because they don’t fall into the stereotypical narrative of inspirational disabled person or victim.”

I want to show the complexity of disability and that our lives aren’t there for you to cherry-pick when you need a heart-warming or shocking news story. We’re real people just trying to live our lives and we deserve to be heard.”

Rachel Charlton-Dailey, Award Winning Editor of The Unwritten

The Unwritten team were delightedly following along on social media not only with pride, but with endless amusement, with one of the first tweets announcing Rachel’s win being one saying, “I’m going to ring me nana and cry”

Only our beloved Editor-in-Chief could have such a wonderfully northern response to winning such an iconic award.

Rachel holding award and grinning
“I’m going to ring me nana and cry”

It wasn’t only a huge moment for Rachel but for the team at the Unwritten, who watched with pride.

Many of the editorial team and authors who contribute to this magazine share the view that being a small part of the publication, and watching it grow over the last year has been a privilege, and we’re all very proud of Rachel and their well-deserved recognition.  

The Unwritten is only a year old, but what a year it has been. We can’t wait to see what 2022 has in store for Rachel, but we think they are only just getting started. Watch this space…

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