RMIT journalism was a big winner in the annual Ossie Awards, with five students honoured and The City Journal taking out the prize for best publication.
Named after journalist Osmar S White and judged by senior journalists and editors across Australia, the Ossie Awards for students are organised by the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia (JERAA).
RMIT’s online City Journal features work from undergraduate and postgraduate journalism students and has undergone a revamp this year, led by journalism lecturer Tito Ambyo.
Now a space where students can upload online, video and audio work, it also provides a space for students to experiment with new technologies such as Periscope and QR readers.
The website is designed to allow students to explore new skills, including in data journalism and infographics, to support them in their learning experiences in subjects such as Online Journalism and Journalism Technologies.
The work published on The City Journal was supervised by lecturers Tito Ambyo, Gordon Farrer and Alex Wake, along with a range of sessional staff including Mandy Crane.
Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) student James Hall received an Ossie for “Best Video story (over 2 minutes)” for Floating away, which was produced while he was undertaking an internship at the Phnom Penh Post for his Journalism Professional Placement class.
“Best audio story (over 2 minutes)” was awarded to Jarni Blakkarly for a story produced in the mid semester break on a pro-democracy protest in Malaysia, while student Rachael Dexter was highly commended in the same category as well as the “Best text-based story (over 700 words)” for her story, Death and the institution.
Alan Weedon was highly commended for “Best photojournalism” for his story on The inbetweeners: speaking with mixed race Australians, while Amelia Mills was also highly commended in the “Mindframe” category.
The awards were presented earlier this month at the JERAA conference in Bathurst.
Story: Wendy Little