Student journalism awards

21 July 2009

Written by: Lawrie Zion

The Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance and the Walkley Foundation are offering a unique opportunity for journalism students in the 2009 ‘MEDIA SUPER Student Journalist of the Year’ awards. The winner will be invited to attend the 2009 Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism, to be held in Sydney in November.

The Award offers all tertiary students studying journalism, communications and media-related degrees the opportunity to showcase their talent, earn attention from the industry and give their CV a significant boost. Entries are accepted in the categories of print, radio, online and television.

The award is available to students who have not previously worked full-time in the industry, for work that has been created between July 1, 2008 and June 30, 2009 and can include journalism that has been produced for assessment or work that has been published.

The finalists and the winner will be selected by a panel of three judges, on the basis of journalistic excellence, including newsworthiness, research, writing, production, incisiveness, impact, ethics, originality, innovation and creative flair.

In 2008, students from the University of Technology Sydney eliminated the competition and UTS secured the winning position, the finalists and the highly commended awards. John Connell was crowned The 2008 MEDIA SUPER Student Journalist of the Year for his radio piece, The Desert Talks Too.

This year’s competition closes August 7, 2009.