Monash University’s Jenan Taylor has earned national recognition for her unique pauper story, winning the Guy Morrison Prize for Literary Journalism.
Jenan, a Master of Journalism student, was presented with her prize at the Sydney Writers’ Festival on May 22, which coincided with UTS’s anthology launch.
Her award-winning story, A Quiet Farewell, was published in The Weekend Australian Magazine.
Jenan’s prize follows her recent success as the Melbourne Press Club’s 2014 Student Journalist of the Year, awarded for the same investigative story.
Applications for UTS’s Guy Morrison Prize are invited from Australian undergraduate or postgraduate students who are studying either journalism, communication or writing.
Jenan is thrilled to win the prize for her investigation into what happens when a pauper dies.
“My story on the pauper funeral of a single mother was an attempt to highlight what we take for granted in contemporary Australia isn’t necessarily within everyone’s reach, not even after we die,” Jenan said.
“It’s difficult journalism that keeps throwing up, among other challenges, its own range of moral and ethical questions, the more I practice it.
“However, I’m absolutely elated to have to won this award and feel particularly encouraged to keep pursuing this kind of journalism.”
Judge Chris Feik described Jenan’s article as a “wonderful piece of reporting”.
“It does what the best journalism does: it tells us things we didn’t know,” Mr Feik wrote.
“It explains what happens when a pauper dies. We witness in vivid close-up the embalming of an anonymous woman who ‘could not afford to die’.
“Throughout the piece, the writer addresses the deceased subject. ‘Am I ready to touch your skin,’ Jenan asks, and decides: ‘I am’. Such a device could easily seem forced, but is handled skilfully here.”
Jenan said it was too easy in this age of 24-hour news to lose sight of the complexities and nuances behind the headlines.
“For me literary journalism is about revealing these insights and even throwing a spotlight on lives which we would normally never think twice about, which is why I’ve always been attracted to it,” she said.
Jenan said Monash journalism staff Associate Professor Philip Chubb and Dr Monica Jackson were encouraging as she researched her story, and thanked them for their support.
Students retrace historic footsteps of the Great War
Monash journalism students have produced historically significant work in News Corp publications to mark the centenary … Continue reading Students retrace historic footsteps of the Great War
How Hackett made it back to championship swimming
By Julie Tullberg Grant Hackett’s foundation training for the 1,500m freestyle event, which started more … Continue reading How Hackett made it back to championship swimming
Monash graduates make their mark at News Corp
Monash journalism graduates are scoring key roles and winning awards at News Corp publications, particularly the … Continue reading Monash graduates make their mark at News Corp
Endurance: Australian Stories of Drought
Journalism lecturer Dr Deb Anderson has published a fascinating collection of oral histories in her … Continue reading Endurance: Australian Stories of Drought
Monash Journalism research
Research is a vital part of Monash Journalism. It contributes knowledge to a field and … Continue reading Monash Journalism research
Jenan Taylor wins Student Journalist of the Year
Monash University’s Jenan Taylor has won the Melbourne Press Club’s 2014 Student Journalist of the … Continue reading Jenan Taylor wins Student Journalist of the Year
Jonno’s journey to the TV newsroom
Monash journalism graduate Jonno Nash has made the transition from one of the best print and … Continue reading Jonno’s journey to the TV newsroom
Luke and Uma awarded 2015 CEW Bean Prize
Monash University’s Master of Journalism students Luke Mortimer and Uma Muthia are recipients of the … Continue reading Luke and Uma awarded 2015 CEW Bean Prize
Masters journalism students named as Quill finalists
MONASH University Master of Journalism students, Jenan Taylor and Tiffany Korssen, have been named finalists … Continue reading Masters journalism students named as Quill finalists
Where are the women in radio?
Monash journalism Honours graduate Emma Nobel has produced an intriguing radio documentary, Where are the … Continue reading Where are the women in radio?
Alana awarded Pulliam Journalism Fellowship
Monash journalism student Alana Mitchelson has been awarded the Pulliam Journalism Fellowship at the Indy … Continue reading Alana awarded Pulliam Journalism Fellowship
Caroline and Jade score News Corp traineeships
MONASH journalism 2014 students, Caroline Schelle and Jade Gailberger, have been rewarded with News Corp … Continue reading Caroline and Jade score News Corp traineeships