Will you be named student journalist of the year?

8 March 2010

Written by: Lawrie Zion

Had any pieces run on upstart lately? Think that assignment you scored an ‘A’ for might be up there with your best work?

Then maybe you should be in the running for the 2010 Media Super Student Journalist of the Year awards (not to be confused with the Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year Awards). The full media release and application details follow. And please note, eligible work includes assignments and publications completed right until the 3 May 2010 entry deadline. This includes items published on upstart, of course. But get moving – entries close in less than three weeks.


The Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance and the Walkley Foundation are offering a unique opportunity for journalism students in the 2010 Media Super Student Journalist of the Year awards.

The Award offers all tertiary students studying journalism, communications and media-related degrees the opportunity to showcase their talent and earn attention from the industry.

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, 2009 and May 3, 2010, and can include journalism that has been produced for assessment or work that has been published.

Three finalists and one winner will be selected by a panel of three judges, on the basis of journalistic excellence.

The finalists will be announced in late May. The winner will be announced at the 2010 Young Australian Journalist of the Year Awards in Sydney on June 23. The winner will also be invited to the Walkley Awards in December.

Gerard Noonan, chair of Media Super, former editor of the Australian Financial Review and Walkley winner, says the dramatic changes sweeping through the media worldwide make it all the more important that talented, feisty and challenging young journalists are elbowing their way into the new communications landscape. 

“As a sponsor of the award, Media Super is delighted to celebrate the very best in journalism by younger practitioners,” he says.

This year’s competition closes at 5pm on Monday, May 3, 2010.

Apply online at www.alliance.org.au/students

For more information on the award, email students@alliance.org.au