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Winners of National Press Club's 2015 Higher Education Media Awards

By Briana Healey in Media News on
Sydney Morning Herald journalists Amy McNeilage and Lisa Valentin have been awarded the 2015 Higher Education Journalist of the Year Award and a $10,000 study tour prize  for their story 'The cheating factory'.
 
Open to employed and freelance media professionals, Universities Australia partnered with the National Press Club of Australia to present annual higher education media awards that reward and recognise excellent journalism and communication that covers key issues in higher education.
 
The award was presented by Belinda Robinson, chief executive of Universities Australia, who said “the awards displayed the important contribution journalists make to the conversation about Higher Education.”
 
The award judges added that while the report focussed on the activities of just one company, it nonetheless raised serious questions about the adequacy of existing governance processes within the international student sector and was in the best traditions of investigative journalism.
 
Published in the Herald in November 2014, "The Cheating Factory" investigation revealed up to 1000 university students from 16 Australian universities had used a Sydney-based company, MyMaster, to help them cheat on their assignments and exams.
 
Other category winners for excellence in communicating knowledge of Australia’s university sector included Imogen Crump, Del Irani, Rob Sharp and Steph Juleff, ABC News, for their work on #TalkAboutIt: International Students.
 
Erica Cervini of The Age, took home an award for her article Physics is too hard for women, according to female physics students.
 
Fairfax Media’s Matthew Knott and Gareth Hutchens were awarded for their story Unfair: Poor graduates to pay 30 per cent more than rich under Abbott government’s university interest rate fee change.

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Miraudo to run RTRFM

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on

Simon Miraudo is the GM-designate for WA radio station RTRFM, effective 16 November, reported Radioinfo.

He will take over from Chris Wheeldon, who had been interim GM after Karen Lee left earlier this year. 

Miraudo has been with the station for almost ten years, starting out as a volunteer then later co-hosted the Movie Squad review show.

Tune in to Miraudo on LinkedIn.

Towell runs economics beat

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on

Noel Towell has moved to become The Age’s new economics editor.

He previously handled the paper’s state politics desk.

Follow Towell on Twitter @NoelTowell.

Lizzies 2020: Final Tickets Available

By Mike Woodcock in Media News on

There are just 4 weeks to go until the 2020 Samsung Australian IT Journalism Awards.

With our COVID plan ensuring safety for all attendees, numbers are very strictly limited, however some tickets are still available.
Please note:

  • Dress code is Black Tie formal 
  • The Watterson Best-Dressed Journo Awards Theming is 'Country'
  • Event-exclusive pre-dinner rides from 6pm to 7pm
  • Doors open at 6.45pm
  • To ensure the safety of our guests, there will be no official After-Party this year.

Because numbers are strictly limited, we will be closing ticket sales early this year, so if you do plan on coming, please secure your tickets and RSVP as soon as possible.

For our guests that have already RSVP'd, thank you for your early response - we look forward to seeing you Nov 6th.

The email problem

By Seamus Byrne in Media News on
It's easy to send an email. At scale it gets trickier, and no doubt most PR uses dedicated tools to manage bursts of press releases or other information when sent to many journalists in one quick go. We've touched on the issues of list management in the past, but it's also important to remember where the real effort lies in the email relationship.
 
Once upon a time, there was a cost to sending every single message you wanted to send out into the world. By post, it was both money and time. By fax, it was money (and the hope it would be legible at the other end). In both instances, there wasn't a bona fide expectation that the recipient would definitely see what was sent to them.
 
In the email era, there is no cost to send and practically instant delivery. This means exponential scale messaging has become the norm. You write it once, you send it to thousands. Dust your hands, it's a job well done.
 
Of course, this places the greatest emphasis on t

Ferguson off to Washington DC

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on

ABC NEWS Beijing bureau chief Sarah Ferguson has been tasked to the US capital, Washington DC, for the next six months.

The ABC stated that she will be there for in-depth reporting on the US presidential elections and its aftermath, right up to the inauguration in January 2021.

ABC Washington bureau chief David Lipson, North America correspondent Kathryn Diss, and chief foreign correspondent Phil Williams are already on station to cover the polls.

As Ferguson’s reassignment leaves the Beijing bureau with no reporters to cover developments in North and East Asia, ABC News is temporarily setting up a bureau office in Seoul, South Korea.

“We have a top-notch team in the Washington bureau and Sarah’s superb long-form and investigative reporting will add formidable firepower to our coverage of the fascinating and significant US story,” said ABC NEWS director Gaven Morris.

"The drama of the US story is compelling. It's the other side of the coin in the g

Hunt tapped for First Edition EP

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on

SKY News has appointed Zoe Hunt as the executive producer of breakfast show First Edition.

She will now be in charge of booking guests for the show and coordinate with SKY News reporters in preparing their stories for airing.

Hunt has been a line producer at the network since joining a year ago. She had previously performed similar duties at the Today Show.

Get to know Hunt on LinkedIn and on Twitter @ZoeHunt1002.

Finder taps Megginson for editor work

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on

Consumer comparison site Finder Australia has welcomed Sarah Megginson as its new senior editor for home loans.

She will cover developments in the home mortgage circuit and oversee Finder’s content strategy for the vertical.

Megginson recently exited Key Media after 13 years, the last four of which as managing editor of B2B mortgage brokerage title Australian Broker. 

Follow Megginson on LinkedIn.

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