Published on 2 September 2014
USC has continued its great record of success at Queensland’s premier journalism awards, the Clarion Awards, with final-year student Nicole Madden claiming a coveted prize on Saturday night.
Nicole, 23, of Tewantin was the winner of the Most Outstanding Journalism Student from a Regional Campus category for her broadcast and print submissions.
The judges said her work “demonstrated initiative and the ability to spot a story then deliver it on a broad range of platforms”.
She was also praised for her interviewing skills in her broadcast reports, while her print piece was recognised for its strong construction.
Nicole has been working part-time in the ABC Sunshine Coast newsroom during her degree and hopes to gain a position in radio when she graduates.
“I don’t really think the gravity of it has hit me yet but I’m extremely happy,” she said.
“An award like this will help me immensely in my job search, so I’m just over the moon.
“I feel very lucky and very grateful for having the teaching staff at USC encourage me to do the best I can and give me the confidence to submit my work into these awards.”
USC students dominated nominations for this award, with the polished work of Daisy Hatfield and Susie Ross also earning them places as finalists.
Daisy’s stories with USCTV have helped her gain a job with WIN News in Townsville, while Susie is currently completing an internship with Seven Sunshine Coast.
The talented trio rubbed shoulders with some of the state’s best journalists at the awards, giving them a chance to make industry contacts and gain inspiration for their future careers.
USC’s Journalism Program Leader Dr Renee Barnes said the excellent standard of student work on show was a reflection of the high-quality, hands-on nature of the degree program.
“It’s wonderful that the work of these three students has been recognised and we hope this sets them up for long careers in the industry,” she said. “The results are also an excellent sign that our degree program is producing newsroom-ready graduates.”