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, 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”.
“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.
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.”
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