Thursday, 03 December 2009
ECU has won three 2009 international student journalism awards and picked up two high commendations, placing ECU second against a competitive field of entrants.
The awards, known as ‘the 2009 OSSIE Awards’, recognise the top journalism students from the 29 universities in Australia which run journalism programs, and are open to tertiary student journalists from New Zealand universities as well as universities in the South Pacific.
They are judged by senior editors and journalists from around Australia and are recognised as the premium student journalism awards.
Best Radio News Story by an Undergraduate or Postgraduate Student was awarded Briena Barrett, postgraduate WAAPA broadcasting student. Best TV Current Affairs Story by an Undergraduate or Postgraduate Student was awarded to Ana Quinn, ECU journalism student.
Best Broadcast Current Affairs story by a Postgraduate Student was awarded to James Moore, postgraduate WAAPA broadcasting student. Fellow ECU student Rebecca Munro was also named Highly Commended in this category.
ECU’s online newspaper for undergraduate students, 3rd Degree, was Highly Commended in the Best Regular Student Publication category.
The awards were presented on Tuesday, 1 December as part of the Journalism Education Association of Australia annual conference held at Burswood.
Jo McManus, broadcasting lecturer and undergraduate coordinator said the students would be delighted to receive such international recognition.
ECU’s Journalism Course Coordinator, Associate Professor Trevor Cullen, described the awards as a tremendous result for the students and lecturers.
“Our programs are small and we were competing against the top universities in Australia and the Pacific,” he said.
“To win five awards and come second overall is a great boost to the growing national reputation of ECU’s broadcast and journalism programs.”