Liam Petterson of University of Melbourne won the 2019 Student Journalist of the Year award for ‘IBM Australia to roll out neurodiversity program, hiring people with autism to fill variety of IT roles’.
Judges said "Liam’s story showed excellent news instincts and initiative. While interning with ABC Radio Ballarat, Liam spotted the potential for a story in a job ad for IBM. The company was seeking up to ten candidates with autism for their neurodiversity program. Liam demonstrated strong research and reporting skills to craft a human story which attracted national attention."
Liam will receive $1,000 and a trip to Maryland to attend the 2020 Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) conference.
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.