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Young Journalist of the Year

Young Journalist of the Year Honour Roll

Sam Cucchiara of Nine News was the 2019 Young Journalist of the Year. He won for a portfolio of work that included coverage of bushfires and the capture of Jonathan Dick.

The judges said: "Sam Cucchiara's coverage of the Mallacoota fires showed maturity under pressure, bringing real people stories, big picture-little picture. Great story telling, natural, taking the viewer on a journey and behind the scenes. Engaging live crosses, breaking coverage and great use of pictures.v"

Cucchiara receives $1000, return air fares to the United States, accommodation and registration to attend the Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) conference.

Recollections from previous winners

Above: 2018 Melbourne Press Club Young Journalist of the Year Matilda Marozzi on the 2019 IRE conference

Above: Student Journalist Bridget Davies and Young Journalist Tom Minear reporting back on 2016 IRE conference


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