RMIT student and graduate journalists are finalists in the 2014 Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year Awards.
Two of the three finalists in the Student Journalist of the Year category are from RMIT's Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) program.
Third year student Allison Worrall was shortlisted for her powerful feature story, The other road toll, written for her advanced print reporting class.
Ben Westcott, who graduated from the program last year and is now a cadet reporter at The Canberra Times, is a finalist for a series of stories on the local government referendum.
Dr Antonio Castillo, Program Director of the Journalism degree in RMIT'sSchool of Media and Communication, said the nominations were a great achievement.
"RMIT has been the leader in journalism education in Victoria for years, and these awards again show that our students and graduates have the practical skills demanded by industry and the academic knowledge required for the modern workforce," he said.
"RMIT's journalism staff, at every year level, work hard with our industry partners to ensure students can hit the ground running when they are first employed, wherever they land in the world.
"But importantly, staff ensure our graduates have the deeper learning that gives them the skills to adapt to ever-changing industry and society needs."
Eighteen finalists have been announced in the awards, across six categories, highlighting the best emerging talent of the new generation of journalists.
All finalists were selected on the basis of journalistic excellence in the fundamental tenets of the craft, as well as their ability to present distinctive and original journalism that pushes the boundaries of the profession.
Winners of each category will go in the running to be named the Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year.
The award winners will be announced on Wednesday, 25 June, at the CBD Hotel, Sydney.
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