Monash University’s Jenan Taylor has won the Melbourne Press Club’s 2014 Student Journalist of the Year for her investigative story, A Quiet Farewell.
Jenan, a Master of Journalism student, has earned praised from judges for her “original and compassionate” investigation into what happens when a pauper dies.
Her article was published in The Weekend Australian Magazine.
Jenan said the possibility of winning an award was the last thing on her mind when she started working on her story.
“The article turned out to take an unusual approach, which, although it picked at the fabric of contemporary issues, didn’t hang on any current hot topic,” Jenan said, who was awarded at the Quills at Crown Palladium on Friday night.
“I’m overwhelmed that all the hard work paid off further in the form of this Student Journalist of the Year award. So much of this achievement has had to do with the skills I’ve been taught and the guidance I’ve received from all my journalism lecturers here at Monash over the years.”
Jenan said she was particularly grateful to Associate Professor Philip Chubb and Monica Jackson for their encouragement.
Monash’s Master of Journalism student Tiffany Korssen was a finalist in the 2014 Student Journalist of the Year award for her investigation, Suicide Survivors Left in the Lurch.
Her story revealed the lack of treatment and care available for suicide survivors that captured the personal experiences of those concerned.
Head of journalism Associate Prof Chubb said having masters’ students shortlisted for this major award was a testament to the strength of Monash’s program.
“Having Jenan win feels like a terrific vindication of our efforts and direction,” he said.
“More importantly, this prize is a life-changer for Jenan, who had a great idea for a piece of feature journalism and then worked hard to bring it off brilliantly.”
Bill Birnbauer, a senior lecturer in investigative journalism, said Monash journalism’s students repeatedly won the industry’s top journalism awards because “we teach them the fundamental basic skills of news breaking, feature writing and digital production”.
“We imbue in them a questioning and determined attitude to get to the unvarnished truth,” Mr Birnbauer said.
“They do the rest themselves. Jenan’s story was one of the most original, crafted and touching stories I have read in a long time.”
Monash alumnae, Monique Hore, teamed with Herald Sun senior journalist Ruth Lamperd to win the 2014 Quill for Best Coverage of an Issue or Event for White Death.
Ruth and Monique’s five-month investigation revealed a cover-up over a deadly asbestos factory.
“Receiving a Quill award alongside Ruth is a huge honour,” Monique said.
“I enjoyed working with the residents of Sunshine North to raise important health questions. As a young journalist, it was also brilliant to work with someone so experience as Ruth.”
Simons, Jarvis shortlisted for Amnesty media award
Monash University journalism’s Associate Professor Margaret Simons and senior lecturer Heather Jarvis have been named finalists in the Amnesty International 2017 Media Awards.
Monash student & graduates named Quill finalists
Monash student Jack Paynter is among an impressive list of journalists who are finalists in the 2015 Victorian Quill Awards, including Ashley Argoon (pictured left), Annika Smethurst, Therese Allaoui, Brendan Casey and Danny Tran.
Monash students stand out in Ossie Awards
Monash journalism students stood out among their peers in the 2015 Ossie Awards, which were presented at Abercrombie House in Bathurst on December 1.
Saints project highly commended in Ossies
Monash University’s journalism and multimedia students have been highly commended in the Ossie Awards for their historical digital interactive, Saints’ long road to heaven.
Smethurst wins Walkley for Scoop of the Year
Monash journalism graduate Annika Smethurst has won the 2015 Walkley Award for All Media Scoop of the Year for her investigation of the Chopper scandal.
Alana and Naomi are Young Walkley finalists
Monash University journalism alumnae Alana Mitchelson and Naomi Selvaratnam have been named finalists in the Young Walkley Awards to be held in Sydney on July 29.
Jenan Taylor awarded the Guy Morrison Prize
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.
Luke and Uma awarded 2015 CEW Bean Prize
Monash University’s Master of Journalism students Luke Mortimer and Uma Muthia are recipients of the prestigious 2015 CEW Bean Prize.
Hutchins appointed an ARC Future Fellow
Associate Professor Brett Hutchins will be an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow based in the new School of Media, Film and Journalism in 2014.
Holly wins Ossie for best convergent media story
Monash University’s Master of Journalism graduate Holly Humphreys has been awarded one of the top prizes for journalism students in Australia.
Daniella wins coveted ‘Pocketdocs’ competition
Monash Journalism student Daniella Mattiuzzo has won the ABC Radio National 360documentaries program short radio feature ‘Pocketdocs’ … Continue reading Daniella wins coveted ‘Pocketdocs’ competition
Ashley Argoon named Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year
Monash journalism graduate Ashley Argoon has been named the 2013 Walkley Young Journalist of the … Continue reading Ashley Argoon named Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year