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ECU journalism students win top national awards

Tuesday, 06 December 2011


ECU’s journalism and broadcasting students are celebrating after taking out four categories at the 2011 national Ossie Awards for Outstanding Student Journalism.

ECU’s Head of journalism, Associate Professor Trevor Cullen was delighted by the result.

“We competed against all the universities in Australia and New Zealand that teach journalism – I think there’s about 34 of them - and to win four top national student journalism awards is a credit to our hard-working team and talented students”.

Bachelor of Communications student and winner of Best Feature Article (Online), Lisa Thomas won for her piece, Chinese Furriers are barking mad.  The report received high praise, and was commended by the judges for being both well written and intelligently researched.

Fellow communications student Rogini Moorthi won the Hunter Institute Response Ability Prize for Mental Health Reporting for the piece, More than just University Blues – an investigative report that probed deeper into the issue of depression among young university students.

Lisa Roth, also studying a Bachelor of Communications, took out the Sally A. White Prize for Investigative Journalism for her piece, Series on the effects of GM Canola in WA.

The piece looked at both the immediate and long-term effects of a truck spill of genetically modified canola, also raising issues of the effects of long-term use, and was credited by the judges as one that any seasoned journalist would be proud of.

Final winner and Graduate Diploma in Broadcasting student Jerrie Demasi, was awarded The Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma Prize for reporting on violence, disaster or trauma in society, for her radio report Fire Aftermath following the WA fires earlier the year.

The report was commended for its ability both honestly and factually tell the survivors story, without sensationalising them in any way.

Named after journalist Osmar S White, the Ossie Awards are judged by senior journalists and editors and are nationally recognised and respected by the journalism community.

“I’m so pleased for these students and our staff as the awards represent national recognition for the type of quality journalism we teach at ECU” Professor Cullan said.

For more information on the awards visit the Journalism Education Association of Australia website.

For more information on journalism at ECU, visit  


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