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ECU journalism students receive national recognition

Wednesday, 10 December 2008


Edith Cowan University (ECU) journalism and broadcasting students have picked up major national tertiary awards at the 2008 OSSIE Awards for Journalism Students.

The awards were presented at the University of Wollongong in New South Wales this week, recognising top journalism students from the 27 universities in Australia which run journalism programs.

Paul Munro was awarded Best Broadcast Current Affairs Story by a Postgraduate Student.

Best TV Current Affairs Story by an Undergraduate Student was awarded to Rifet Hrkic and Marie Frisholm who are currently completing the Bachelor of Communications program.

Estelle Lewis was named Runner-Up for Best Current Affairs Story by a Postgraduate Student.

In total, there were 137 entries competing for the 15 awards that were presented by Dr Suellen Tapsall, the outgoing President of Australia's Journalism Education Association (JEA).

This is the fourth year in a row that ECU's journalism program has finished as one of the top three universities for national journalism awards, and as number one in Western Australia.

Dr Trevor Cullen, ECU's Journalism Course Coordinator, described the awards as a tremendous result for the students and lecturers.

"Ours is an evolving program and we were competing against the top universities in Australia," he says.

"To win these awards is a great boost to the growing national reputation of ECU's journalism program."

While in Wollongong, Dr Cullen was appointed Vice-President of the JEA, and ECU was nominated to co-host the 2009 JEA conference in Perth.

ECU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox, congratulated the students, attributing their success to the dedicated ECU journalism and broadcast lecturers who demonstrate a constant commitment to the education and future careers of their graduates.

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