Monash University’s journalism and multimedia students have been highly commended in the Ossie Awards for their historical digital interactive, Saints’ long road to heaven.
The students’ interactive was produced through an innovative teaching program in journalism’s undergraduate offering, Producing Digital News, and the Masters of Multimedia Design coursework degree in the School of Art, Design and Architecture (MADA).
The students won a high commendation in the Best Innovation in Journalism (Individual or Group, Undergraduate or Postgraduate) category of the Ossie Awards, judged by industry experts for the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia (JERAA).
The students competed against 25 Australian and New Zealand universities.
The judges said: “An interesting and well-put-together package that played with the new possibilities of digital storytelling.”
The project was the result of cross-faculty collaboration between second and third year journalism and Master of Multimedia Design students, as facilitated by the teaching staff Julie Tullberg, Jeff Janet and Neil Minott.
The digital interactive, which features cutting-edge technology, was a first for this level of cross-faculty collaboration within the teaching structure of the digital and multimedia units.
The journalism students involved contributed the research, interviews, writing, filming, subbing and guided the narrative direction of the project, while the design students brought this vision to life through striking design and interactive elements.
Journalism’s Simon Gradkowski led the student group in the undergraduate student program, and ensured that
“Researched, written and produced over a semester, this project revisits significant moments in the club’s history, celebrates its champion players and puts St Kilda Football Club’s culture on display,” Simon said.
“The project’s format, as an interactive feature, is inspired by the best of contemporary long-form digital journalism, which aims to create an immersive experience beyond traditional means of telling a story. ”
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