More success at Voyager Media Awards for Massey journalism students Baz Macdonald

Massey postgraduate journalism students have been finalists in the student journalism prize of the industry's own Voyager Media Awards in each of the past three years, winning twice.

In 2018 Baz Macdonald was a finalist for the award. During his time on the course he did work experience at newsroom.co.nz. At the awards, the news website tweeted that Baz's work for them had been "brilliant".

Baz, who won the Bruce Jesson prize for investigative journalism in 2017, now works as a freelance journalist.

The Voyager Awards were previously called the Canon Media Awards, and in 2017 Massey postgraduate journalism student Miri Schroeter won the best student journalist prize.

Miri’s portfolio of stories included a blind woman’s successful struggle with her insurance company to pay a major claim, the resignation of a public figure following controversial comments he made in an interview and the contentious appointment of a local politician. Miri Schroeter

All the stories were published in the Manawatu Standard, where Miri now works.

“Winning a Canon Media Award in my first year of journalism is an honour and it gives me the drive to push myself further,” Miri said.

“Looking at how much my stories have advanced in the past year and having my best work recognised validates for me that I've chosen the right career path, despite it being a tough and ever-changing industry.”

Miri said the opportunities available on the Massey course set her on the right path.

“The Massey postgraduate journalism course gave me the opportunity to write for great publications from the get-go. The quality of the stories I submitted in my Canon portfolio was in part due to the course.

“I became comfortable interviewing people and writing publishable stories during my year at Massey, which made me more confident.”

Massey student Tommy Livingston won the student journalist prize in 2016. Tommy Livingston

Also at the 2018 Voyager Awards, Massey Master of Journalism student Sasha Borissenko won the NIB Health Journalism Junior Scholarship prize.

The scholarship gives her $4000 to conduct research into health issues.

Sasha works at newsroom.co.nz

Numerous other Massey journalism graduates were winners or finalists at the 2018 awards.

Kirsty Johnston won best feature writer (health, education and/or general) and Isobel Ewing for best environmental/sustainability journalism. Kirsty was also a finalist for reporter of the year.

Mava Enoka was a finalist for the health journalism scholarship - junior, Stacey Kirk was a finalist for the health journalism scholarship - senior. Stacey was also a finalist for political journalist of the year, along with Jo Moir.

Seamus Boyer was a finalist for editorial executive of the year, Michelle Duff for opinion writing (general/sport and humour), Kirsty Lawrence for best single news story, Jared Nicoll for community journalist of the year and Liam Napier for sports journalist of the year.

  Sasha, bottom centre, celebrates her win with her newsroom.co.nz colleagues.

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