MONASH University Master of Journalism students, Jenan Taylor and Tiffany Korssen, have been named finalists for the Melbourne Press Club’s Student Journalist of the Year Award.
The winner will be announced on Friday, March 20, at the annual Quill Awards dinner at Crown Palladium in Melbourne.
Jenan’s investigation, A Quiet Farewell, was published in the Weekend Australian Magazine.
“I was interested in why in this day and age some Australians still have pauper funerals and decided to write this piece when I found there was a paucity of information about this topic,” Jenan said.
“My piece focused on the no-service funeral of a single mother because secondary research revealed that single mothers were among the persons most likely to be on social and economic welfare.
“And hence, she ideally represented the cross section of the community who potentially are most likely to face similar decisions when it comes to the matter of their death.”
Jenan said the tuition she received the course was instrumental in the way she tackled the piece.
“I’d love to see more long-form journalism in the mainstream Australian media, and this is the type of journalism I hope to be able to do in future,” she said.
Tiffany’s article, Suicide Survivors Left in the Lurch, revealed the lack of treatment and care available for suicide survivors that captured the personal experiences of those concerned.
Tiffany said she wrote the article for her investigative reporting subject with Monash senior lecturer Bill Birnbauer last semester.
“It was an amazing experience and taught me so much about coming up with original ideas and researching,” Tiffany said.
“I’ve learned I love interviewing as a method of research. The process also confirmed to me how passionate I am about journalism.”
Tiffany said being shortlisted for the Quill was an unexpected honour.
“Reading the other shortlisted entries has opened my eyes to the possibilities of the craft and has motivated me to continue to look for stories and be creative in how I deliver them to my audience,” she said.
“I’m really excited about attending the awards dinner and can’t wait for what the rest of the course is going to bring.”
The other two Quills student finalists are Julie Milland, of Melbourne University, for The Trials and Tribulations and Michael Walsh, of RMIT University, for The Shardy Crew.
The Quill winner will receive a $3000 prize and will enjoy work experience and mentoring opportunities at major media outlets.
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