Monash student & graduates named Quill finalists

Monash student Jack Paynter has been named a finalist in the Melbourne Press Club’s 2015 Student of the Year Award.

Jack is among an impressive list of journalists who are finalists in the 2015 Victorian Quill Awards. Jack was recognised for his brilliant piece in The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald, Australian willow cricket bat venture’s results enough to make investors weep.

Among those shortlisted include Monash graduates and journalism guest lecturer Mike Sheahan, who is a Quills finalist in the category, Best Sports Feature in any Medium.

Jack Paynter.
Jack Paynter.

Monash digital journalism coordinator Julie Tullberg said the number of graduates who become award-winning journalists was impressive and reflected the quality of teaching in the journalism program.

“Monash is very proud of our journalism graduates who have continued to be recognised for their excellence in reporting,” Mrs Tullberg said.

“Annika Smethurst won a Walkley in her first year in the Canberra press gallery, for her brilliant work on the Bishop “Choppergate” scandal.

“Ashley Argoon won Walkleys as a cadet and has since become a valuable member of the Herald Sun team. She continues to show leadership in Australian journalism.”

The winners  will be announced at the annual Quill Awards Dinner at Crown Palladium on Friday, March 18.

Below is a Quills finalist list of journalism graduates and Monash associates.

The Young Journalist of the Year Award
Therese Allaoui (Leader and Monash journalism graduate)

Annika Smethurst wins a Walkley award for the "Choppergate" scandal.
Annika Smethurst wins a Walkley award for the “Choppergate” scandal.


Best News Report in Writing
Annika Smethurst (Monash journalism graduate with Honours, 2010), James Campbell, Ellen Whinnett & Andrea Hamblin (Herald Sun)

Annika Smethurst (Herald Sun and Monash graduate with Honours, 2010)


Keith Dunstan Quill for Best Columnist/Blogger

Waleed Aly (The Age and Monash University academic)

Best Sports Feature in any Medium
Mike Sheahan (Fox Footy and Monash journalism guest lecturer)


Best Suburban Report in Writing

Therese Allaoui (Mordialloc Chelsea Leader and Monash journalism graduate)


Best Use of Digital or Social Media

Herald Sun online team, including Brendan Casey (Monash journalism graduate in 2010)

Best Coverage of an Issue or Event
Annika Smethurst (Herald Sun and Monash graduate with Honours, 2010) & Rob Harris (Herald Sun)

Herald Sun journalist Ashley Argoon.
Herald Sun journalist Ashley Argoon.

Best Radio News Report
Danny Tran (ABC Radio News and Monash journalism graduate)

The Student Journalist of the Year Award
Jack Paynter (Monash University)

The RACV Transport Quill
Ashley Argoon (Herald Sun and Monash journalism graduate, 2010)