Monash students recognised in trust awards

Sally Hayles has won the undergraduate journalism award for igital design and production.

Three Monash journalism students have been named successful recipients of the 2016 Herb Thomas Memorial Trust Award.

Nardine Groch (journalism postgraduate award), Anna Harcourt (journalism undergraduate award) and Sally Hayles (journalism undergraduate in digital design and production award) will be presented at an awards dinner on Wednesday, May 4.

Melbourne’s journalism schools nominated students for the awards and after interviews with the trustees in March, the winners were announced.

The students have been granted funds to help develop their journalism skills in the early stages of their careers.

Nardine Groch and climate scientist Dr James Hansen at COP21 in Paris last year.
Nardine Groch and Dr James Hansen at COP21 in Paris last year.

Nardine, who completed a Masters of Journalism/Sustainability, said award would help her to build professional skills in broadcast media, particularly radio, video and online.

Nardine said she would experiment with new creative forms of environmental storytelling to garner more awareness and support for “important environmental issues such as climate change and the loss of global biodiversity”.

Sally Hayles.
Sally Hayles.
Sally said she felt honoured to be recognised by the Herb Thomas Memorial Trust. 

“It is very encouraging to have the journalism work I have done as part of my studies recognised by the wider community in this way,” Sally said.

“Herb Thomas by all accounts was an editor with strong community values and I hope those are values I can take into my own future reporting,” Sally said. 
Anna Harcourt.
Anna Harcourt.

Anna, who has been an active writer during the course of her journalism undergraduate studies, said she was honoured to be a recipient of the award.

“It was a real surprise and delight to be nominated, and I’m so happy to be the winner,” Anna said.  

The award will allow me to support myself during unpaid internships. It will make a huge difference, it really means so much.”