Naomi Arnold is an award-winning journalist who freelances from Nelson, New Zealand. 

She has been writing professionally for 10 years, producing features, news, reviews, travel stories, essays, and columns. Five of those years were at the Nelson Mail as a news reporter, feature writer, blogger, social media editor, and columnist.

She writes about everything, but particularly loves stories about people, science, the environment, travel, and outdoor adventure. She spent three months reporting on science from Antarctica, a month covering the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and in 2013 travelled the United States for six weeks, investigating the digital delivery of longform feature writing as part of the University of Canterbury's Robert Bell Scholarship. From that came Featured, a growing collection of New Zealand's best non-fiction. (Hear more about Featured in this October 2015 interview with Radio New Zealand.) In mid-2016 she and The Spinoff created media podcast The Get, which interviews writers and journalists about their work. She also reviews books for Radio New Zealand.

Naomi can travel for work and is available for a wide range of writing including copywriting and editing. She also has experience in photography, radio, and filmmaking, and has been a panelist and interviewer at the Nelson Arts Festival. 

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Published in

Newspapers, radio, digital

AgriHQ

BBC.com

Radio New Zealand

Stuff.co.nz

The Dominion Post

The Nelson Mail

The New Zealand Herald

The Press

The Spinoff

The Sunday Star-Times

The Sydney Morning Herald

The Wireless

 

 

Magazines and journals

1972

Heritage New Zealand

Metro

North & South

New Zealand Geographic

Overland (Australia)

Pacific Standard (US)

Pro Photographer

Silkroad

Sky Sport

Sunday

The Listener

The Magazine (US)

VetScript

Your Weekend

 

Books

Don't Dream It's Over: Reimagining Journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, Freerange Press, September 2016 (essay)

The Story of the Nelson Hospice (author - in production)

Tell You What: Great New Zealand Non-fiction 2016, Auckland University Press, Nov 2015 (feature story)

World of WearableArt: 30 Designers Tell Their Stories, Potton & Burton, Sept 2015 (author)

Tell You What: Great New Zealand Non-fiction 2015, Auckland University Press, Nov 2014 (essay)

 

Awards

 

2016 Canon Media Awards Lifestyle Feature Writer of the Year

2015 Canon Media Awards Regional/Community Newspaper Feature Writer of the Year

2014 Canon Media Awards Regional/Community Newspaper Feature Writer of the Year (Finalist)

2013 Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Essay Prize and finalist, Reported Narrative

2013 University of Canterbury Robert Bell Travelling Scholarship in Journalism

2008 University of Canterbury D.W. Bain Prize; Robert Bell Scholarship; International Polar Year Antarctic Media Scholarship.

2003 University of Otago James Clark Prize; Helen Brosnan Memorial Prize; Lawrence Jones Prize for New Zealand and Post-Colonial Literature.