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UniSA Journalism graduates win major awards

(L-R) Neelu Sharma; Professor Kerry Green; Dr Kathryn Bowd, Katrina McLachlan, David Sweet, Dr Collette Snowden, Dr Lilian Zac; Professor Ian Richards.(L-R) Neelu Sharma; Professor Kerry Green; Dr Kathryn Bowd, Katrina McLachlan, David Sweet,
Dr Collette Snowden, Dr Lilian Zac; Professor Ian Richards.

UniSA Journalism graduates were prominent in the 2012 South Australian Media Awards announced in May.

The awards are run annually by the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance as a way of recognising excellence in South Australian journalism.

UniSA Journalism graduates who won major awards included Prue Adams (ABC TV) – Best TV Broadcaster; Alice Monfries (Sunday Mail) – Best Young Journalist; and Kerry Staight (ABC TV) – Best TV Current Affairs or Feature.

Other successful UniSA Journalism graduates included Angelique Johnson (Best Radio News Report); Alicia Melville-Smith (Best Community Journalist) and Vanessa Ilicic (Best Rural/ Regional Journalist).

Lauren Waldhuter and Professor Ian Richards.The Julie Duncan Memorial Award for Student Journalism was won by final year Bachelor of Journalism student Lauren Waldhuter (pictured right with Professor Ian Richards), while the runner-up was Georgia Kelly-Bakker, a double degree (Bachelor of Journalism/ Bachelor of International Relations) student.

Three UniSA Journalism sessional staff also won top awards, with one (Sharon Mascall-Dare) being named Best Radio Broadcaster as well as winning the award for Best Radio Current Affairs or Feature.

Postgraduate Journalism Program Director, Professor Ian Richards, said the success of Journalism graduates in the annual awards was a sign of the continuing strength of the UniSA Journalism program.

“These awards are keenly contested by journalists working in all sections of the media around the State,” he said.

“It’s gratifying that UniSA Journalism graduates are such a strong presence each year.”

This year’s awards were formally presented at a dinner at the National Wine Centre on May 12.

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