Student Journalist of the Year

Finalists for the MPC 2019 Student Journalist of the Year award are presented alphabetically by surname below.

Please note that some work submitted with entries - including print materials - may not be included.

Nazli Bahmani, University of Melbourne, Jumping Hurdles To Provide A Little Humanity to Asylum Seekers In Limbo

Freia Lily, RMIT, Interview with Wilma and Meg Curnow For National Dementia Awareness Month

Julia Montesano, La Trobe UniversityRevealed: Blues Star Headlines Small AFLW Groups’ Pay and Conditions Fight

Ciaran O’Mahony, University of Melbourne, The Scottish Explorer Who Became The Butcher Of Gippsland

Liam Petterson, University of Melbourne, IBM Australia To Roll Out Neurodiversity Program

Andrea Thiis-Evensen, Monash University, 'It Was The Worst Day Of Our Lives’: Bereaved Parents Say We Must Talk About Youth Suicide

The winning entry presented at the Quills Dinner on 6 March 2020.

This year's award is sponsored by Crown Resorts.


The award recognises and promotes excellence 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 2019.

The winner will be named at the Melbourne Press Club Quill awards - the annual gala dinner celebrating the best in Victorian journalism. They will receive a trip to Maryland in June 2020 to attend the Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) conference. The prize includes airfares, conference registration and accommodation for the length of the conference.

Winners also receive a free annual membership with the Melbourne Press Club.

Read the criteria


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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