UTS Journalism students win 2018 Ossie Awards
Three UTS Journalism students have been awarded prestigious prizes in the annual Ossie Awards for outstanding student journalism.
The annual Ossie Awards, named after journalist Osmar S. White, are organised by the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia (JERAA). Entries can include stories or publications created by students for class assignments, work experience, internships, paid employment or their own personal initiative. The works are judged by a panel of senior journalists and editors.
At this year’s award ceremony, held in Hobart, Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) student, Tallulah Thompson, won the prize for ‘Best text-based story by an undergraduate student - over 750 words’. Her work, titled “The heart of the matter”, reported on surgery waiting times for heart patients at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Judge and author at The Australian, Rick Morton, said the piece “contains all the elements of excellent story-telling”.
[Tallulah] has taken an issue that affects children and families deeply and illustrated it with a compelling case-study with the hard nose of sources inside the hospital who are clearly worried about the strain being placed on patients and their loved ones due to system blockages. It is well written, backed with data and in its own quiet way demands the reader care with some urgency about the problem.
Rick Morton, 2018 Ossie Award judge
UTS Communication students, Ninah Kopel and Ollie Henderson, were also awarded an Ossie for the ‘Our Watch’ award, a category for stories that cover a violence against women issue.
Ninah and Ollie created a podcast titled “After #MeToo: Conditions of entry”, which was an exploration and analysis of the experiences of immigrant women who are victims of sexual and intimate partner violence.
Judges, Caitlyn Hoggan and Jane Gilmore, commended the pair for “offering commentary from reliable sources including academics, and victim/survivors themselves, bringing a human voice to the story.”
[The podcast] delivers a clear picture of the additional challenges immigrant women experience including victim blaming and isolation, and discusses the gendered context in which violence occurs, highlighting the power perpetrators and the broader system have over victim/survivors.
Caitlyn Hoggan and Jane Gilmore, 2018 Ossie Award judges
UTS Journalism student, Massilia Aili, was also awarded Highly Commended for the John Newfong Prize for Reporting on Indigenous Affairs.
The students were supported by staff in the School of Communication, including Dr Catriona Bonfiglioli, Helen Vatsikopoulos and Jenna Price. Professor Monica Attard, Head of UTS Journalism praised the students, saying "Congratulations to our UTS winners – well done all. I hope all that great journalism which has been awarded ends up inspiring them to go further, higher and harder!".