Monash graduates recognised in young Walkleys

By Todd Shilton

Two Monash University journalism graduates are finalists in the prestigious Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year Award.

The award recognises excellence by young Australian journalists.

Holly Humphreys is one of three finalists for the Walkley’s Student Journalist of the Year.
Holly Humphreys is one of three finalists for the Walkley’s Student Journalist of the Year.

Master of Journalism graduate Holly Humphreys story Call for better life for dairy’s rejects was published in both The Sunday Age and mojo, an online news site edited and written by Monash journalism students. 

It has already won an Ossie award for Best Convergent Media Story from the Journalism Education Association Australia (JEAA). Holly is one of three finalists for the Walkleys Student Journalist of the Year.

Naomi Selvaratnam graduated from Monash in 2012 and works for SBS News. Her story, Crisis accommodation shortage hits migrant women, was broadcast earlier this year on SBS World News. She is a finalist in the Radio/Audio Journalist category.

Both are in the running to be named the Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year, which comes with invaluable news experience at CNN and Twitter in the United States.

Holly said the finalist nomination was a pleasant surprise.

To be nominated by the Walkleys is an honour because the foundation strives to maintain innovation and ethics in journalism, and encourages training and education to basically better those pursuing the craft, Holly said.

To be recognised is an unforgettable compliment, which gives me courage.

Holly said her time at Monash helped prepare her for her journalism journey.

Not only did I learn practical techniques, but I also benefitted from the wealth of knowledge and quality of teaching presented by my lecturers (who were experts in the industry), which they delivered with a personal touch; they were encouraging, genuine, and inspiring, which I am extremely grateful for.

Monash Universitys head of Journalism, Associate Professor Philip Chubb, said the recognition was well deserved.

Here at Monash we get just as excited as our students when they’re nominated for awards like this, even after they’ve left us, Associate Professor Chubb said.

In this case both Naomi and Holly were identified as having great potential from very early in their time with us. We’re very proud of them.

Monash journalism lecturer Matt Mitchell said the nominations highlighted the talent coming out of the Monash University School of Journalism.

Our graduates work exceptionally hard and passionately on researching and investigating stories that are worth knowing about, Mr Mitchell said.

These nominations are a testament to the quality of that work.

The awards ceremony will be held at The CBD Hotel in Sydney on June 25.