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The winner of the 2006 Communication and Media Law Association (CAMLA) Essay Prize is Marcus Power with his essay "Marsden, Ethics and Defamation".
The Communications and Media Law Association brings together a wide range of people interested in law and policy relating to communications and the media. The Association includes lawyers, journalists, broadcasters, members of the telecommunications industry, politicians, publishers, academics and public servants.
The Essay competition is open to any student enrolled in a undergraduate or postgraduate course. The essay must be an original work of the author, previously unpublished, relating to communications or media law.
Marcus is studying the Graduate Diploma of Journalism at Deakin University.
Katherine Wilson is the winner of the 2006 Sensis Award for Student Journalism. Katherine's article 'Animal, Vegetable or Miracle?' was published in the Good Weekend on Oct 8 2005. The judges said that Katherine's article exceeded the four key criteria and demonstrated originality, impact, quality and initiative.
The Sensis Award for Student Journalism was established in 2004 to promote and recognise excellence in Victorian student journalism.
Katherine is studying the Graduate Certificate of Journalism at Deakin University.
Deakin University student Nic Townsend will stand out from the crowds of hopefuls wishing to become journalists after taking out the JUST Super Student Journalist of the Year award. This year’s competition, supported by JUST Super and the Walkley Foundation for Journalism attracted 81 entries from journalism students around Australia.
Nic’s entry profiled businessman-cum-political activist Ian Melrose. Mr Melrose sponsored print and TV advertisements for the Timor Sea Justice Campaign and others criticising the Federal Government’s treatment of the West Papuan refugees and Indonesia’s treatment of people in Papua.
“The interview was an interesting experience,” Nic said. “He has spent his whole life as a businessman and all of a sudden he was using his money for political activism. “I was interested in what led to that.”
In their comments the judges said Nic’s profile delivered on all fronts - analysis, newsworthiness and impact.
“We really got to know Ian Melrose through good original research,” they wrote. “This piece would have found a comfortable run in anything from Good Weekend Magazine to the Australian Financial Review.”
Nic said he had always been interested in being a journalist, even though it was a difficult field to get into.
“I have always been interested in politics and current affairs and journalism is a way of pursuing that interest for a living. I like it for its creative side as well.”
On completion of his Graduate Diploma in Journalism, Nic plans to look for a cadetship.
The Judges’ Comments
Winner Profile of Ian Melrose – Nicholas Townsend
There was something unique about this feature; not only in the subject Nicholas chose but also in the way he skilfully crafted the piece.
The story delivered on all fronts – analysis, newsworthiness and impact. We really got to know Ian Melrose through good, original research.
The author had an understated writing style and offered solid insights into his subject. The story was engaging and well structured. Nicholas captures the reader’s interest from the start and refuses to let it go with clever use of comments from colleagues and other campaigners.
This piece would have found a comfortable run in anything from Good Weekend Magazine to the Australian Financial Review. It was a professional and polished entry that had the unanimous support of the judges.
Sourced from allianceonline.org.au
Nicholas Townsend is currently studying the Graduate Certificate of Journalism at Deakin University.