Journalism students and grads make their mark

Former Monash journalism student, Ashley Argoon, has won the Young Journalist of the Year for News Corp Australia.Ashley’s courage to exclusively interview Tanya Hird, at such a critical time in the Essendon scandal, contributed to an outstanding body of work.

Ashley Argoon
Ashley Argoon.

is at the Herald Sun after moving from The Border Mail, where she won the Young Walkley award last year.

“I wouldn’t have been able to achieve much without strong mentoring from senior staff,” Ashley said.

As a young journalist with so much to learn, there is nothing more valuable than being surrounded by skilled people who are willing to teach me.


“I can’t thank them enough.”
 

Two of the three News Corp journalists shortlisted for this award came from Monash.Ashley’s Herald Sun colleague Annika Smethurst was a finalist.

Annika completed her BA journalism in 2008 and Honours in 2010 at Monash, and worked at the Bendigo Weekly before landing a cadetship with News Corp.

A News Corp tweet announces Ashley Argoon winning Young Journalist of the Year for 2014
A News Corp tweet announces Ashley Argoon winning Young Journalist of the Year for 2014
Current Monash journalism students are also kicking goals. During an internship with Australian Associated Press, masters in journalism student Alexandra Nelson has had her work published by the Australian and Seven News, including her story on the Melbourne Cup.