Journalism's strong showing at the Quills

Master of Journalism student Carol Saffer

Seven of our staff, students and alumni are in the running to take home a coveted Melbourne Press Club Quill award for excellence in journalism. The eight nominations across six categories reflect the depth and quality of our journalism program.

Monash staff are well represented among the finalists. Associate Professor Margaret Simons was shortlisted in the feature writing category for her piece, Duterte’s Dirty War. Journalism teacher and ABC producer Gus Goswell was shortlisted for his report on ABC 7.30 Foreign bribery allegations exposed.

Students, both past and present, were also recognised for their outstanding contribution to journalism in 2016.

Journalism graduate and ABC journalist Tess Ikonomou was shortlisted in the Student of the Year category for her news story, Monash University academic denied permanent residency because of autistic son.

“I’m very excited to be one of the finalists and I’m grateful for the support and guidance of my lecturers who were always available to their students for advice or help,” Ms Ikonomou said.

Master of Journalism student Carol Saffer is also a finalist in the Student of the Year category for her investigative story, How a South Yarra dinner party and Harold Holt saved a Jewish boy from Hitler.  Her piece is a fascinating historical narrative about a Jewish family’s escape to Australia before Nazi Germany controlled Austria.

Education reporter for the Herald Sun and Monash alumna Monique Hore is in the running to take home the prize in the Young Journalist of the Year category.

Other Monash graduates shortlisted include The Age reporter Beau Donelly, a finalist in two categories – News Report in Writing and Disability Issues – and ABC radio journalist Danny Tran for his investigative entry, Ballarat Police under fire over new brutality allegations.

The Quill Awards will be held on Friday, March 17 at the Crown Palladium in Southbank.