“Amazing” student honoured

9 November 2015

Dominion Post editor Bernadette Courtney congratulates Steve Trask, the top student on Massey’s Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism course. Dominion Post editor Bernadette Courtney says the top student on this year’s Massey postgraduate journalism course is “amazing”.

Each year, The Dominion Post awards $1000 to the student with the highest overall grades on the course.

This year’s winner, Steve Trask, has landed a job at the Daily Mail, one of the world’s best-known newspapers.

“In all my years of presenting this award I have never known a student go straight from journalism school to that,” Ms Courtney told Steve.

“It is huge kudos for you. I can’t over-emphasise this opportunity.”

Ms Courtney was speaking at the award ceremony, held at The Dominion Post in November.

Steve will spend time at the Mail’s Australian and English offices before taking up a reporting job as part of the Mail’s Australian bureau in Sydney.

Steve thanked Ms Courtney for the award and the Massey journalism lecturers, who were also at the ceremony.

“I really enjoyed my time on the course,” he said.

“I was great to come out of the course straight into a job.

“The course helped me get that job.

“When the Mail interviewed me they asked what I did on the course. I said that, after a few lectures, we were sent out to find news.”

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