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.

Luke and Uma will join Monash historian Professor Bruce Scates and Arts students in Gallipoli, Prato in Italy and the Western Front to retrace the footsteps of Australian soldiers and gain valuable insight into Australia’s involvement in the Great War.

Masters of Journalism student Luke Mortimer.
Masters of Journalism student Luke Mortimer.

Luke, also editor of mojo, is a well-qualified government media adviser and recently completed a successful internship at the Herald Sun.

Uma has excellent qualifications in history, French, International Relations and is combat medical attendant with the Army Reserve.

The journalism students will film on location, as part of the study program to record historical sites and oral histories of the Great War.

The Beyond Gallipoli program runs from June 29 to July 24.

This award is especially significant as 2015 is the centenary year to mark the 1915 Gallipoli landing.

Luke Mortimer interviews backpackers for the Herald Sun. Picture: Valeriu Campan
Luke Mortimer interviews backpackers for the Herald Sun. Picture: Valeriu Campan

Luke said he was extremely grateful to be given the responsibilities of being a CEW Bean Prize recipient in this centenary year of the Anzac.

“For generations, the digger has been heralded as a role model for young Australians, but as our young encounter new challenges trying to find their identity in a multicultural Australia, so too should the narrative of our Diggers campaigns evolve,” Luke said.

“There’s no better opportunity to take on this responsibility than being on the ground in Europe, investigating the Anzacs shared experience and interrogating our shared memory with other nationalities in the horror and humanity of World War I.

Uma Muthia is a recipient of the CEW Bean Prize.
Uma Muthia is a recipient of the CEW Bean Prize.

Uma said she was so surprised when she learned of her prize, she dropped her phone.

“That surprise turned into sheer excitement at the prospect of filming on location to record historical sites of the Great War with Professor Bruce Scates and fellow Monash students,” Uma said.

“As a Masters of Journalism/Masters of International Relations student, I ambitiously applied for the prize as it allowed me to combine my two areas of study in a practical and unique context overseas.

“The prize also offers a distinctive opportunity to retrace the footsteps of Australian soldiers who fought to protect the very freedoms we enjoy here today.”

Luke and Uma will study 12-point unit, ATS3387 Beyond Gallipoli: Australians in the Great War.

Professor Scates has led several tours of the battlefields and commemorative sites of the Great War, including the Premier of Victoria’s Spirit of Anzac.

Visit Monash’s Great War Centenary website for more information on these tours.