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Student Journalist of the Year


Enter the 2020 Student Journalist of the Year award


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Applications are now open for the 2020 MPC Student Journalist of the Year award, supported by the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas

The Student Journalist of the Year award recognises the best in Victorian student journalism. Enrolled student journalists are encouraged to enter a piece of journalism in any media that has been made available to the general public in Victoria during the 2020 calendar year. Judges will focus on the originality, impact, quality and initiative of the work in determining he shortlist and winner.

We encourage entries from Victorian student journalists who identify as being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage as well as student journalists who identify as being from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

The prize is a trip to the United States to attend the Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) conference in June 2021. Winners also receive a $1,000 cash prize and a free 365 day membership with the Melbourne Press Club.

As a condition of entry, winners will be expected to share their experience with MPC and JNI audiences after the conference trip.

Applications for this round are open until COB 7 January 2021.

Queries can be directed admin@melbournepressclub.com.


Student Journalist of the Year Honour Roll


Recollections from previous winners:

Student Journalist Tess Ikonomou and Young Journalist Bridget Judd report back on their experiences at the 2017 IRE conference.


2015 Student Journalist of the Year Bridget Davies and Young Journalist Tom Minear on their experiences at the 2015 IRE conference in New Orleans.

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