Massey journalism graduate wins top investigative prize

Chloe WinterMassey journalism graduate Chloe Winter, awarded top prize for her investigative journalism. Chloe Winter, a recent graduate of Massey’s postgraduate journalism programme, has won the $1000 Bruce Jesson Emerging Journalism Award in 2014.

The award is for the best published investigative journalism produced by a journalism student.

Massey’s postgraduate journalism students have now won the award four times since its inception in 2009.

Chloe’s article, published in the Herald On Sunday, looked at the dangers of workplace chemicals, focussing on the death of a painter from cancer. He contracted the disease from toxins found in paint he worked with.

The judges said Chloe's article was "written with empathy and emotion, backed by facts and figures, and produces the strongest possible case for change. It is succinct, sharply focused and very well written...she will be a most successful journalist, and we wish her well."

Chloe paid tribute to the people she interviewed for the story, including the family of the dead man.

“The whole experience was very emotional, but his story needed to be told,” she said.

She wrote the article as part of the investigative reporting module on Massey’s postgraduate journalism programme.

The module is led by Dr James Hollings, and Chloe warmly thanked him for his involvement in the project.

“As a new journalist I needed support, and he gave it. I got upset sometimes over the emotions of the topic, and he supported me through that too.”

She felt honoured about receiving the award, which is named after the late Bruce Jesson, a leading investigative journalist.

Chloe’s win was announced at a gala evening in Auckland, after which Chloe was a guest of honour at a celebratory dinner.

Chloe now works as a reporter at The Marlborough Express in Blenheim.

Massey students also won the award in 2013, 2010 and 2009.

The award is funded by the Bruce Jesson Foundation.

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