RMIT University’s alumni have been acknowledged for Excellence in Victorian Journalism with 11 nominations in this year’s Melbourne Press Club Quill Awards.
RMIT alumnus Zalika Rizmal, who recently graduated with a Graduate Diploma in Journalism, is nominated for Melbourne Press Club Student of the Year.
During her time at RMIT, Rizmal completed a one-month internship with the ABC’S 7.30 program.
Now she’s realised her dream, landing a cadetship with the national broadcaster soon after graduating.
“So far the experience has been incredibly challenging and rewarding and I am looking forward to what I hope will be an amazing year ahead,”
“I had a fantastic experience studying the Graduate Diploma of Journalism at RMIT.
“The practical focus of the course – combined with the university’s strong industry links and internship opportunities – all made for a remarkable year of learning and professional development.”
Alongside Rizmal, RMIT has eight more past students nominated across seven of the Quill categories.
They include Graduate Diploma of Journalism graduates Richard Willingham, Emily Woods and Olivia Shying, and Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) graduate Nick McKenzie.
The winners will be announced Friday 16 March.
RMIT alumni are bolded in the list of finalists below:
COVERAGE OF AN ISSUE OR EVENT
Barrie Cassidy, Chris Uhlmann, Kellie Mayo and Erdem Koc, Insiders, ABC TV, Donald Trump on the World Stage
Patrick Durkin, Edmund Tadros, Joe Aston and Aaron Patrick, The Australian Financial Review, CPA saga
The Fairfax Media and ABC Team, ABC Four Corner and The Age, China's influence - power and payments
Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker and Richard Willingham, The Age and ABC TV, The Lobster with a Mobster scandal
Michael Bachelard and Kate Geraghty, Fairfax Media, Surviving Islamic State: Stories from Mosul
Margaret Burin, ABC, Walking in two worlds
Jo Chandler, The Monthly, The Totten Hots Up
Emily Woods, The Sunday Age, The young Moomba rioters: Restoring faith in
THE GRANT HATTAM QUILL FOR INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM
Adele Ferguson, Sarah Danckert and Klaus Toft, The Age and ABC Four Corners, The Crook, the Police and the Retirement VIllage
Pat McGrath, ABC 7.30, Bruce Billson's secret salary
Nick McKenzie, James Massola, Richard Baker and Fergus Hunter, Fairfax Media, Chinese influence and Dastyari's fall
NEWS REPORT IN WRITING
Josh Gordon, Richard Willingham and Benjamin Preiss, The Age, Speaker of the Houses
Miki Perkins, Fairfax Media, Rape: How a family coped with their teenage daughter's ordeal
Ian Royall, Herald Sun, Heroin Scourge: $17 A Hit
Annika Smethurst, Herald Sun, Flat a Ley buy on
THE TAC TOWARDS ZERO QUILL FOR ROAD SAFETY REPORTING
Ebony Bowden, The Age, Fury Roads: Melbourne's road rage epidemic
Adam Carey, The Sunday Age, How 41 lives could have been saved
Wes Hosking, Herald Sun, A light on road safety
Olivia Shying, The Courier, Ballarat, Where to next? Turning the road toll spike around
TV/VIDEO FEATURE (SHORT FORM)
Alexis Daish, Nine News, Gavin Perry Investigation
Dan Oakes & Sam Clark, ABC 7.30, The Phoenix Factories
Laura Turner, A Current Affair, Skye’s Story
Rachael Brown – part of The ABC Trace Team, ABC, Trace
Bec Fary – part of Behind the Wire/The Wheeler Centre, The Wheeler Centre, The Messenger
Melissa Davey, Miles Martignoni & David Marr, Guardian Australia, The Reckoning
Kristofor Lawson, Moonshot, Moonshot
THE MELBOURNE PRESS CLUB STUDENT JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR
Marnie Cohen, Deakin University
Jane McNaughton, University of Melbourne
Zalika Rizmal, RMIT
Carol Saffer, Monash University
Angus Smith, Monash University