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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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