Monash journalism graduate scoops media award

8 July 2014

A story of the reality that calves face on dairy farms has won a Monash journalism graduate the prestigious Walkley Student of the Year Award.

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Master of Journalism graduate Holly Humphreys was recognised for her outstanding story Call for better life for dairy’s rejects, which was published in The Sunday Age. She was presented with her award at the Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year Awards held in Sydney.
The Walkley judges said Holly’s story on the fate of male calves born into the dairy industry shone a light on a confronting and little-known aspect of dairy farming.
“She wrote objectively on a complex, emotionally charged topic. We were impressed by her immersive research and vivid storytelling technique. Congratulations, Holly.”
SBS News reporter Naomi Selvaratnam, who graduated from Monash University in 2012, was a finalist in the Radio/Audio Journalist category.
Naomi’s story, Crisis accommodation shortage hits migrant women, was broadcast earlier this year on SBS World News.
Head of the Monash School of Journalism, Professor Philip Chubb, said he was speaking for all staff in congratulating Holly.
“It was obvious throughout her course that Holly had a great future,” he said.
Professor Chubb also paid tribute to Naomi, a Young Walkley finalist.
“Naomi likewise always presented herself as a student who was going places,” Professor Chubb said.
“These awards are a recognition of the huge amount of time and effort Monash staff put into mentoring students and it’s great for them, too—not just for the students—when it all comes together on nights like these.
“In many respects this type of recognition is what keeps staff going.”

Monash School of Journalism

Monash Journalism is the most comprehensive program in Australia, offering undergraduate, masters by coursework and PhD degrees. Media employers seek out Monash Journalism graduates, but the skills acquired are also in demand in related industries such as public relations, communication, editing, publishing, digital and video / audio production.
When you study a Master of Journalism at Monash you will work with award-winning journalists and academics who have strong industry links. They will help you to understand the essence of journalism and to master the specialist technical skills a modern journalist needs. They will teach you about the role of journalism in society, because it is important to understand why as well as how.
Master of Journalism
The Master of Journalism is for people who want to enter a career in journalism, and for working journalists who want to extend their skills and explore the intellectual basis of their practice.
Students will work with award-winning journalists and academics with strong industry links as they cultivate high level skills in research and reporting across all media—print, online, radio and video—and explore the role of the media in contemporary society.
Program: Master of Journalism
Location: Caulfield Campus, suburb of Melbourne
Duration: 1.5 years
Semester intakes: March and July
Application deadline: It is recommended that you apply a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.
Entry requirements
A bachelor’s degree with a credit average or a graduate diploma with a credit average, or qualifications or experience that the faculty considers to be equivalent to or a satisfactory substitute for the above.
Please note English proficiency requirements must be met.

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