Aliyah Stotyn from Melbourne University was the 2013 Student Journalist of the Year.
The award, presented by The Melbourne Press Club and sponsored by the Vizard Foundation, was announced at the Club’s annual Quill Awards dinner on Friday, 21 March.
The judges praised Aliyah’s work in “Facebook Stalking”, published on Melbourne University’s Citizen news website. The report warned of the risk that lies behind social media and the legal web that can ensnare people who misuse it.
Aliyah receives a $3000 prize, provided by the Vizard Foundation, and a range of work experience and mentoring opportunities at major media outlets.
The judges also highly commended RMIT student Ben Westcott for his report “Local Government Referendum” – published in The Australian – a tale about councils spending ratepayers’ money to support a political campaign.
Two other students were shortlisted for the award:
- Emma Damiani – Monash University – “Peru Tea” – A story about the dangers to young travellers heading to Third World countries to experience local rituals and cultures, and
- Julie Milland – University of Melbourne – “Chinese virus” – A story about a mysterious strain of a deadly virus from China, and how Australian authorities dealt with the threat.