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ECU takes out WA Media Award for third year running

Wednesday, 11 November 2009


Nollamara resident and Edith Cowan University (ECU) Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) Broadcasting student, Jamie Burnett, has won the prestigious Student Prize at the 2009 WA Media Awards.

This is the third consecutive year that the award has gone to an ECU student.

Jamie said he was very pleased to win, and that he considers his success a great credit to the WAAPA and Broadcasting team.

"People like the course coordinator Peter Holland and lecturer Jo McManus really do go the extra mile and go well and truly beyond the call of duty for their broadcasting students," Jamie said.

The prize is open to all full-time undergraduate and postgraduate journalism students enrolled at a West Australian tertiary institution and entrants are required to submit up to three pieces of their best work showing a range of skills and styles.

The judges said Jamie was a worthy winner and the award was a testament to his skill and talent.

"Jamie's radio interviews were extremely professional, entertaining, informative and well balanced," said WA Journalists Association President David Cohen.

The Awards were presented at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday, 7 November in front of 400 people, including Deputy Premier Kim Hames and MLAs John Hyde and Adele Carles.

Broadcasting lecturer Jo McManus said the team is very proud of the standard of our students' work, and that Jamie's win on Saturday night was a wonderful personal achievement.

"To have had a WAAPA@ECU Broadcasting student win this award three years in a row is a thrill for the whole Broadcasting team," she said.

Broadcasting students Dominique Pratt (2008) and Jayde Little (2007) were the previous winners.

Jamie has just been offered a job with the ABC in Bunbury and is looking forward to a long career in journalism.

The Broadcasting postgraduate course is offered at ECU's Mount Lawley Campus.

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