Monash University journalism student Christiane Barro has been shortlisted for the Walkley Award for Student Journalist of the Year.
The judges cited three stories, all published on Mojo, journalism’s student news website: “‘I would have sat every day of those 20 years in jail’ – parents still in legal limbo over cannabis oil”; “It’s not our fault: Dole recipients say they’re not bludging the system”; and “‘It’s safer for everyone’: heroin addicts plead for a safe injecting room”.
Christiane said she was very grateful and honoured to have been selected as a Walkley finalist.
“I am very thankful for the guidance and support provided by the Monash Journalism staff,” Christiane said.
Other shortlisted students include Aparna Balakumar (The University of Sydney) and Emily Smith (University of Technology Sydney).
Mojo staff editor and journalism lecturer Corinna Hente said Christiane had worked harder than any student she had seen at Mojo.
“She never gives up and is never afraid to take on even the most difficult task,” Corinna said.
“She has a real talent for journalism. I think she’s going to go a long way.”
In the Young Walkley’s Community/Regional Journalism category, Monash alumnus and ABC journalist Danny Tran was named a finalist, alongside his ABC colleague Bridget Judd and Newcastle Herald’s Michael McGowan and Carrie Fellner.
Danny’s work on the Catholic child abuse scandals has attracted national attention.
Danny, who is working on AM and ABC Radio News, was also a finalist in the Quills this year.
The Young Walkley Awards will be announced on Wednesday, July 26 in Sydney.
Meanwhile, Mojo‘s deputy editor, Elliana Saltalamacchia, has been shortlisted for the 2017 Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship.
She is the only Victorian on the shortlist of 10 from universities across Australia.
The award is open to final-year journalism students and recent graduates with an interest in TV journalism.
It offers among its prizes a 12-week paid internship, which includes eight weeks at the Nine Network in Sydney and four weeks at The Walkley Foundation for Journalism.
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