Press Council offers student prizes

Press Council offers student prizes

The Australian Press Council will sponsor three new prizes at the Ossie Awards, an annual event that recognises outstanding achievement by journalism students at universities in Australia and New Zealand.

The Australian Press Council Prize for Journalism Student of the Year will recognise a student who performed well in all academic subjects and produced outstanding journalism as part of their coursework.

It will carry a cash prize of $750.

Two prizes of $200 will be awarded to a postgraduate and undergraduate student for the best essay on press freedom or media ethics.

The prizes replaces existing awards that have been in place since 1985.

Press Council chair Professor David Weisbrot said: “It is crucially important for journalism students to become aware early in their careers about media ethics, the work of the Council and our standards of practice.

“These awards will help us to build on our already excellent relationship with journalism educators and journalism students around the country,” he said.

The Ossie Awards are run by the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia.

More than 150 entries from 23 universities were submitted to the Ossie awards last year.

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