Journalism graduate vies for industry award

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Journalism graduate vies for industry award


Published on 21 August 2012

21 August 2012

Writing a collection of compelling news stories, including one about a woman fundraising by doing 100 days of bikram yoga, has put a University of the Sunshine Coast journalism graduate in the running for a prestigious journalism award.

Anna Jones, 21, is one of three finalists for the title of “Most Outstanding Journalism Student — Regional” at the Queensland Clarion Awards night on Saturday 25 August in Brisbane.

The Clarion Awards recognise excellence and professionalism in journalism. Entries for the regional student category are judged on accuracy, newsworthiness, research and story-telling.

Anna said the portfolio of work she submitted for judging contained five stories that she wrote during her student internship at the Sunshine Coast Daily last November.

“I am honestly really honoured to be a finalist in the Clarion Awards this year but also a little bit shocked,” she said. “I have always maintained that journalists do what we do for the love of it, but of course it is nice to be recognised for doing something you are so passionate about.”

Anna said her story titled “Challenge takes Yoga to Extreme” was one of her favourites.

“I interviewed a girl who was taking a 100-day bikram yoga challenge to raise awareness for breast cancer,” she said. “What I love about this story, and stories like this, is that it shows that ordinary people are able to make extraordinary change, and sometimes the little things in life are the biggest.”

Anna, who graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism in April, is currently studying in the United States and won’t be able to attend the Clarion Awards event.

The Goondiwindi State High School 2008 graduate has been accepted into a Master in Communications at the University of Central Missouri (UCM) in the United States.

“As part of my degree at USC, I chose to study abroad through USC’s GO Program and, at the time, I explored the option of returning to study at UCM on completion of my bachelor’s degree,” Anna said.

Another USC journalism graduate, Kristin Shorten, 28, is a finalist in the “Young Journalist of the Year” category of the Clarion Awards. The 2010 graduate works for the Courier Mail and is a journalism tutor at USC.

— Michelle Widdicombe

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