Massey’s top journalism student collects $1000 and two job offers from Fairfax

Dominion Post editor in chief Bernadette Courtney, left, congratulates Massey’s top journalism student, Eleanor Wenman. Fairfax was so impressed with the top student on Massey’s 2016 postgraduate journalism programme, the company gave her $1000 and offered her two jobs.

Eleanor Wenman accepted one of those jobs and will start work soon as a reporter in the Hutt Valley, near Wellington

Eleanor collected her award money from Dominion Post editor in chief Bernadette Courtney at a ceremony at the company’s Wellington office in November.

The Massey journalism team and some of Eleanor’s family also attended.

“I’m absolutely delighted to be giving you this prize,” Ms Courtney told Eleanor. “This is a fantastic achievement.

“Eleanor will be joining us soon and I’m thrilled by that too.

“Your stories could appear on Stuff, the Dompost, the Hutt News, you name it.”

Eleanor thanked Fairfax and the Massey Journalism programme.

“It’s been an amazing year,” she said. “I really enjoyed my time and I’m passionate about my job.”

Fairfax pays $1000 to the student who receives the highest grades on Massey’s journalism programme.

The award has been made since 1998. 

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