An ECU postgraduate broadcasting student and a 2013 graduate have been awarded top prizes at the 2014 WA Media Awards.
Kyle Brown was awarded the Outstanding Journalism Student prize, which is open to all full-time journalism students enrolled at a West Australian tertiary institution and not employed as journalists.
Entrants submitted up to three pieces of their best work to show a range of skills and styles.
It is the second year in a row that an ECU broadcasting student has won the award.
Entertaining and informing
The judges described Kyle’s three-part submission as standing out “for its high levels of newsworthiness, research and incisiveness, all pulled together with a suitable dash of creative flair.”
His pieces on the safety of foreign correspondents, the Heart Bleed Bug and the retirement of radio personality Fred Botica “held the listener’s interest while he both entertained and informed.”
Confidence and poise
2013 broadcasting graduate Chenée Marrapodi was awarded the Best New Journalist or Cadet prize for her work as a video journalist with Fairfax news site WAtoday.com.au.
The judges said Chenée “shows confidence and poise on camera and good news sense.
“Her report on Peter Sharp’s Give Me a Hug social experiment in Leederville could easily have been dismissed as a filler, but Chenéemanaged to produce an entertaining and uplifting feel-good piece that also had news value.”
Fellow 2013 graduate, Syan Dougherty, who now works for Channel Seven’s Today Tonight, was also a finalist in the category.
Strong broadcasting course
Postgraduate Broadcasting Course Coordinator Jo McManus said she was very proud of her students’ achievements.
“ECU broadcasting students have won the Outstanding Journalism Student prize for six of the past eight years and Kyle is another worthy winner,” she said.
“For two years in a row, all three finalists in the category have been our students. I think it proves how strong our course is, particularly when a 2013 graduate also takes out the best new journalist prize.”
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