Monash journalism’s Christiane Barro has won the first back-to-back Walkleys for the 2018 Walkley Student of the Year award.
Christiane, a reporter with The New Daily who finished her journalism training at Monash last year, was recognised for her exclusive investigation into the underground medical cannabis industry.
Walkley judges said her body of work was “the result of many months of research and clearly illustrated her commitment to exposing suppliers who were preying on the vulnerable”.
“Barro’s strong news sense is matched with her ability to write incisively, with impact and sensitivity,” the judges wrote.
Christiane said she was “very grateful” to win her consecutive Walkley award.
“Thank you to the many sources who trusted me with their story,” Christiane said.
“And thank you to the research facility who went above and beyond to assist the investigation. And, of course, thank you to both Monash University and The New Daily for the support.”
Monash journalism student Selby Stewart was a finalist in the Walkley Student of the Year award for his outstanding work published in the Sunday Herald Sun and Mojo News.
Selby's articles included “Hoods on violent rampage” “Rooming-house closures not the answer, experts say” “Fred Negro’s St Kilda”.
Master of Journalism student Amber Schultz was the co-winner of the Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship for her brilliant work as The Struggle presenter and her reporting for The Age newspaper.
Benjamin Ansell, a University of Melbourne student, was also acknowledged for his initiative and impressive work as a young journalist.
Amber said the scholarship award was a great opportunity to learn from the “best and the brightest in the industry”.
“I can't wait to spend 14 weeks across Channel 9 and the Walkley Foundation and learn more than I possibly ever could,” she said.
Amber’s advice for journalism students is to create opportunities in the field and make it happen.
“Don't wait for an opportunity to fall into your lap,” she said.
“Go out and seize it and apply for every internship advertised at Monash, join Mojo and absolutely utilize the staff at Monash because they are amazing. They are there to help.”
Acting head of journalism Associate Professor Johan Lidberg congratulated Monash’s “remarkable students Christiane and Amber”.
“Their Walkley wins illustrate the calibre of the Monash journalism students and the quality of our student publication Mojo News,” Lidberg said.
“Christiane's back to back win of the Walkley Student Journalism of the Year award is particularly impressive – a Walkley first in this category.”
Associate Professor Lidberg said these awards took the total tally of Monash journalism students' wins and highly commended in various national journalism awards to 35 since 2009.
“This is an important external measure of the quality of the journalism produced and taught in the School of Media, Film and Journalism at Monash as the awards are judged by industry panels,” he said.
“These wins would not have happened without our deeply dedicated journalism teaching and support staff and the fact that Monash University decided to invest $3 million in the Monash Media Lab creating a home for Mojo News.
“Christiane's and Amber's names will be added to the awards honour roll in the lab news room. You're an inspiration to current and future journalism students and proof that the next generation of journalists will do great things.”
Monash lecturer and Mojo staff editor Corinna Hente said she was incredibly proud of both Amber and Christiane, who had both held key roles in Mojo.
“Amber is just a force of nature. She has talent, works hard and has that unmistakable presence on camera, which is a powerful combination,” Ms Hente said.
“What she has achieved with her TV satirical talk show The Struggle is remarkable.
“Christiane is one of the best student journalists Monash has ever had. The quality and depth of her work, and the importance of it, is beyond question.”
STUDENT JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR
Christiane Barro, Monash University and The New Daily
“The cannabis oil ‘healers’ preying on Australia’s sick and dying”, “Contaminants detected in unlicensed cannabis oil products”, “‘It’s a disgrace’: Senator requests complete overhaul of medicinal cannabis regulator”
- Amber Schultz, Monash University
- Benjamin Ansell, The University of Melbourne