Monash University journalism students had a cracker of a year in 2013.
They won Walkley awards, a prestigious award from the nation’s journalism educators and, crucially, secured key full-time jobs in the media. In fact, more than 25 students won highly competitive jobs in the industry.
The head of journalism studies at Monash, Associate Professor Philip Chubb, said students also had secured jobs in media-related areas such as communications for non-government agencies, corporations and departments.
“I am extremely proud of the fact that we are producing both undergraduate and Masters students ready to hit the road and, in many cases, walk into great jobs,’’ he said.
Assoc Prof Chubb said many students also had interned at the Herald Sun, The Age, the ABC and many other media organisations.
Monash lecturer Matt Mitchell said many students whose assignments were published on Monash journalism’s news website, mojo, had been successful in having their work published in mainstream media.
“It’s a fantastic training ground and students love seeing their videos, audio and print stories running in mojo,’’ he said.
Senior lecturer Bill Birnbauer said it had been a great honour to receive a special commendation from the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ed Byrne, for producing Dangerous Ground, an investigative website for student work on environmental regulation.
“Knowing that the university encourages quality journalism by students and lecturers really means that Monash stands out from the pack,’’ he said.
This year a former Monash student and now reporter on the Herald Sun, Ashley Argoon, received the Walkley Young Journalist of the Year award and another Walkley for her journalism with her former newspaper, The Border Mail.
The judges said Argoon’s work on the Ending the suicide silence campaign featured a combination of hard news, feature writing and social media use, and demonstrated her persistence, sensitivity and a strong journalistic skill set.
She had previously been a member of reporting teams that have won two Walkleys for the same project. The Walkleys are Australia’s premier journalism awards.
Monash graduate Sam Landsberger was a finalist in the Innovation in Journalism category at the Walkleys. Landsberger, a News Ltd sports journalist based at the Herald Sun, produced the AFL Draft preview series Pick Me, which intensively profiled the best young footballers in Australia.
Monash journalism student Daniella Mattiuzzo recently won the ABC Radio National 360documentaries program short radio feature ‘Pocketdocs’ competition.
The winners were announced on Thursday 28 November on the360documentaries website.
Daniella is completing a Master of Journalism at the University’s Caulfield campus and has a particular interest in radio production and journalism.
In December, Monash journalism student Holly Humphreys won an Ossie award, from the Journalism Education Association of Australia, for best use of convergent media for an article about bobby calves in the dairy industry, which appeared on the front page of the Sunday Age and in mojo.
The awards are judged by senior journalists and editors.
Congratulations also to Monash journalism students who secured work with the following organisations:
Daniel McCulloch, Launceston Examiner
Sasha Petrova, Centralian Advocate
Callam Pickering, BusinessSpectator
Monique Freer, Benalla Ensign
Solitaire Selvaratnam, SBS
Mo Lin, SBS
Danny Tran, ABC
Bridget Fitzgerald, Metro Media and ABC
Toni Brient, The Shepparton News
Patrick Hutchins, The Conversation
Elise Hughan, Channel 10
Emily Browne, Numurkah Leader
Jono Harrison, Triple J
Therese Alloui, Knox Leader
Emily White, WIN Mildura
Rebecca Vukovik, Australian Teacher Magazine and S-press
Fenella Wagener, 3AW
Harrison Polites, deputy editor, Technology Spectator
Jack Cannon, Fox Footy producer
Julian Trantino, Football Federation Victoria’s communications coordinator
Henry Peters, Channel 10 News
Jonno Nash, Herald Sun
Lauren Wood, mX sports reporter
Luke Mason, Collingwood Football Club – digital producer
Brendan Casey, Herald Sun – digital production and social media
Kate Salemme, Hawthorn Football Club – digital media communications
Lachlan Moorhead, Star News Group
Alexandra Batham, The Shepparton News
Zain Nabi, SBS Radio
Jackson Stiles, The New Daily
Caroline Zielinski, The Age
Tessa Houghton, Channel 9 - Postcards
Billy Vickers, Channel 9
Emma d’Agostino, The Wimmera Mail-Times
Colin mcGilvray, The Wimmera Mail-Times
Katie Weiss, ABC
Jackson Williams, Sky News
Ashley Argoon, Herald Sun
Text-based journalism Walkley award for series of articles in The Border Mail: “Ending the suicide silence”
Young Journalist of the Year
Sam Landsberger, Herald Sun digital sports journalist
2012 Quill Award for best use of the digital or online medium with News Corp’s digital team
Australian Football Media Association’s Grybas Rising Star Award finalist
Finalist, Walkley Innovation in Journalism for AFL football digital coverage
Finalist, News Corp’s Rising Star of the Year
Holly Humphreys, journalism student, Monash University
Ossie award for story in the Sunday Age and mojo
Daniella Mattiuzzo, journalism student, Monash University
Winner of ABC Radio National 360documentaries program short radio feature ‘Pocketdocs’ competition.
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