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CAJ success at national student journalism awards

Words by Petra Stock

Students from the Centre for Advancing Journalism have won 2022 Ossie Awards for best student journalism, in the long-form audio and climate change reporting categories.

Meghan Dansie won the best long-form audio category for Gone Girl, the story of the first woman to graduate from the University of Melbourne, and part of the award-winning Uncurated podcast series.

The judges described the story as a confident and creative piece of audio journalism.

Dansie was also highly commended in the Journalism Student of the Year category, which was won by Scout Wallen from the University of Queensland.

Caroline Hartnett won the climate change award for her story Rich soil: is regenerative farming an answer to the climate crisis?

The judges said Hartnett’s story was compelling and offered a diversity of perspectives on the topic of regenerative farming, and engaged with all sides of the debate critically and respectfully.

A number of students from the Centre for Advancing Journalism were highly commended.

In the long-form audio category Mustafa Nuristani, Xinyue Huang and Xiaowei Chang were highly commended for their story, The Plant with Many Names.

Both Sean Ruse and Petra Stock were highly commended for best long-form text story.

Ruse was acknowledged for his exploration of why Australians fight in other people’s wars in Freedom fighters or glory seekers? Rebels for another country’s cause.

Stock was commended for Streaming stories: Will children’s digital book platforms upend print? a well-researched and widely relevant feature on children’s reading habits.

Qiyun Liu was highly commended in the diversity award for Shine Bright, Crystal, an intimate and beautifully executed photo essay of the life and experiences of an international student.

The Ossie Awards celebrate the best of student journalism and are presented by the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia (JERAA) at their national conference. Senior journalists and editors judge the main award categories.


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