Monash University students, graduates and staff have stamped their authority on Australian journalism to claim three Quill awards and three high commendations in the coveted 2016 Melbourne Press Club awards.
Monash journalism graduate and ABC journalist Tess Ikonomou was awarded Student of the Year for her news story, Monash University academic denied permanent residency because of autistic son.
Less than a month later, Dr Biswajit Banik and his family was granted residency after the assistant minister for immigration intervened.
Tess tracked the family’s plight and broke the follow-up story in The Age.
Tess was shocked to win the Student of the Year award because of the high journalistic standard in her category.
Speaking at the Melbourne Palladium at Crown Casino on March 17, Tess was humbled to accept the award before Australia’s finest journalists and industry leaders.
“I’m overwhelmed and can’t quite believe I have been named student journalist of the year for 2016,” Tess said.
“I’d like to thank the Melbourne Press Club for honouring me with this award.
“I’m thankful for my supportive family, friends, and tutors.”
Master of Journalism student Carol Saffer was high commended in the Student of the Year category.
Carol wrote an investigative story, How a South Yarra dinner party and Harold Holt saved a Jewish boy from Hitler, which was published in The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald (online).
Carol’s investigation is a fascinating historical narrative about a Jewish family’s escape to Australia before Nazi Germany controlled Austria.
Recently appointed Monash academic and award-winning journalist Associate Professor Margaret Simons won the competitive feature writing category for her piece, Duterte’s Dirty War, published in The Monthly.
Assoc Professor Simons has won many awards in journalism, including prestigious Walkley and Quill awards.
She has been an educator of journalists for about 25 years.
Associate Professor Simons will join Monash’s School of Media, Film and Journalism in July this year.
She is currently the Director of the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne, a position she has held since 2011.
Monash journalism alumnus and The Age reporter Beau Donelly, who was shortlisted in two Quill categories, won Victorian Government Quill for Reporting on Disability Issues for his piece Anthony’s Decision to Die in The Sunday Age.
Beau was highly commended in the News Report in Writing category for Foster care scandal, which reported on the failure of Victoria’s child protection agency to safeguard confidential information.
Monash graduate and News Corp journalist Monique Hore was highly commended in the Young Journalist of the Year category.
Monique is now the education reporter of the Herald Sun. She enjoyed success in the 2014 Quill awards, winning the Best Coverage of An Issue Or Event.
Hore partnered with one of Australia’s best reporters, Herald Sun senior journalist Ruth Lamperd, to expose the disturbing reality of asbestos contamination around Sunshine’s “factory of death”.
Monash alumnus and ABC radio journalist Danny Tran was a finalist in the Quill’s Radio News category for his investigative entry, Ballarat Police under fire over new brutality allegations.
Monash University’s head of journalism Associate Professor Phil Chubb said every success inspired staff and students to achieve more.
“These records are a great testimony to our staff, our resources and of course our students.”
Monash students, graduates and staff (winners and highly commended in blue)
Ruth Lamperd (Herald Sun) The War Within
Nick McKenzie & Richard Baker (theage.com.au) Fruits of Their Labour
Margaret Simons (The Monthly) Duterte’s Dirty War – winner
Chris Vedelago & Cameron Houston (The Sunday Age) Spun Out, Shane Warne Foundation Story
NEWS REPORT IN WRITING
Beau Donelly (The Age) – highly commended
Josh Gordon & Adam Morton (The Age), Hazelwood shutdown near
Tom Minear & James Campbell (Herald Sun), Minister’s dog act
Cameron Stewart (The Australian) The Submarine Leak Scandal
VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT QUILL FOR REPORTING ON DISABILITY ISSUES
Kirsten Diprose & Alex Holland (ABC) Melbourne wheelchair taxis no longer ‘commercially viable’
Beau Donelly (The Age) Anthony’s Decision to Die – winner
Lisbeth Gorr (ABC 7.30) The Doug Anthony Allstars Have The Last laugh
Louise Milligan (ABC 7.30) Protecting Children with Disabilities from Abuse
YOUNG JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR
Reid Butler (A Current Affair/Nine Network)
Monique Hore (Herald Sun) – highly commended
Bridget Judd (ABC)
Cassie Zervos (Herald Sun)
STUDENT JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR
Claudia Alp (Swinburne)
Tess Ikonomou (Monash University) – winner
Carol Saffer (Monash University) – highly commended
Evan Young (RMIT)
Seb Costello (Triple M Hot Breakfast) Usain Bolt wins 100m Gold in Rio
Charlotte King (ABC News) Ballarat bishop agrees to be stand-in for historic sex abuse claims
Patrick Mitchell (3AW) Springvale – Fire in Commonwealth Bank
Danny Tran (ABC Radio News) Ballarat Police under fire over new brutality allegations – finalist
Smethurst wins Press Gallery Journalist of the Year
News Corp national political editor (Sunday editions) and Monash University alumna Annika Smethurst has won the 2017 Press Gallery Journalist of the Year.
Journalism Futures: New York Field School
Following a dramatic year in American politics, and the claims and counter-claims of ‘fake news’, the media is under scrutiny in the USA like never before. In this unit, students will travel to the heart of the world’s media industry to observe how news organisations are managing to deal with the spate of challenges they are currently facing.
The changing face of Media Communication
What, exactly, is fake news? The past year has seen a phenomenal explosion of fake news stories on social media platforms such as Facebook. The term has also become muddied by public officials and politicians – most famously US president Donald Trump – using it to refer to news stories they claim are inaccurate or biased.
Top media editors explain why journalism is important
Earlier this year Dr Colleen Murrell filmed a number of interviews with senior media editors and she asked them what they believed was the point of journalism today.
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Waleed wins Silver Logie from field of celebrities
The Project host and Monash lecturer Waleed Aly has won the coveted TV Week 2017 Silver Logie Award for Best Presenter.
Apply now: Hong Kong field school
What does it take to get a job in journalism in Asia – and why is Hong Kong so vital to the global news industry? In this unit, students will travel to the Asian media capital to explore why this world city is the big draw for news companies from around the globe.
What leading editors look for in student journalists
Colleen Murrell, a senior lecturer in the journalism department at Monash University, spent part of January and February this year interviewing media editors in Sydney, London and Paris for a research project. The Times editor, John Witherow (pictured left), offers great advice for student journalists.
Nathan joins AFL reigning premier, the Bulldogs
Monash University journalism graduate Nathan Lay has landed an impressive role at the Western Bulldogs, working as the social media and digital coordinator for the AFL’s reigning premier. Nathan interned at St Kilda to prepare for his great opportunity.
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MFJ academics play key part in Screening Melbourne
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