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There are a number of prizes available for students who reach a high level of achievement during their study of journalism at Massey University.
Please note: a minimum requirement for eligibility for all prizes and scholarships is that students pass the course.
News media organisation Stuff awards a prize of $1000 to the top student on the Massey journalism course.
The prize goes to the student who achieves the highest overall marks for the papers that comprise the Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism.
In 2017 the winner was Andre Chumko. He accepted a job as a reporter at Stuff too.
The Dominion Post awards a $500 prize to the student who most lives up to the traditional journalistic values of legendary Wellington journalist, Alex Veysey (1927-2002). Alex was old school. A careful and hard-working journalist, he had a deep appreciation of life and culture. In many ways, he epitomised the sophistication required of today's journalists. He was able to move easily in any company, had the intellect and drive to penetrate the most complex stories, and wrote eloquently.
The winner is selected by the postgraduate journalism students. They vote for the member of the class who best encapsulates Alex’s love of life and solid journalistic values.
An annual prize of $1000 is awarded to the student who produces the best sports stories, judged from a portfolio of their up to five best stories. The prize is judged by a leading sports journalist at the invitation of Massey Journalism staff.
The prize, funded by Dennis O’Brien, is a tribute to his late father, journalist and publisher Brian F. O’Brien (1922-1982). Brian was a key figure in New Zealand sports journalism for decades, renowned particularly for his publication Sports Digest, a must-read for generations of sports fans from its start in 1949 till ill-health forced its founder’s retirement in 1979. Many of New Zealand’s greatest sports journalists appeared in its pages.
Image shows Brian F. O’Brien and his magazine – Sports Digest.
There is a $750 prize to the top business journalism student on the Massey course.
The prize is funded by the Insurance Council of NZ, and is part of the council's wish to enhance the public's financial literacy and capability, particularly with regard to managing risk and protecting assets.
Massey's Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism programme includes a business journalism module. The prize is awarded to the Massey student who displays the greatest competency in business, economics and statistics concepts, and produces a strong news story that reports insurance and business concepts in a way readily understandable by a general audience.
The prize is judged by the course's business journalism lecturer.
This $200 award goes to the student who produces the best news story about New Zealand agriculture that bridges the interest of both the general audience and the rural community. The award is judged by a panel organised by Peter Burke.
Peter has worked as an agriculture journalist and communications manager for more than 40 years. He has won numerous awards, including three Canon Media Awards. In 1987 he was named the inaugural Agricultural Communicator of the Year. He is a life member of the NZ Guild of Agricultural Journalists and the Science Communicators Association of New Zealand. He has worked in television, radio and print and is a former editor of Radio New Zealand.
Each year scholarships are made available to Massey journalism students to work for English-language papers in Asia. The scholarships are funded by the Asia New Zealand Foundation, a non-profit organisation established in 1994 to promote links between New Zealand and Asia. Asia New Zealand arranges the work placements and funds the students’ travel.
“The journalists who participate in the internships return to New Zealand better informed about the countries they have worked in and with contacts they can draw on in future reporting," says Asia New Zealand Foundation media adviser Rebecca Palmer.
Isobel was at the Deccan Herald in Bangalore. “Like India itself, my experience in the Deccan Herald newsroom cannot be encapsulated by one sweeping statement."
Ashleigh spent time at an international newspaper while based in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta on an ACICIS scholarship.
“Massey set me up really well to take my first steps into the industry, and I'm still in touch with several tutors, editors and high-profile journalists I met during my time there."
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Anne O’Brien (1998)
Laurilee McMichael (1999)
Hannah Lawrence (2000)
Kathryn Powley (2001)
Sue Allen (2002)
Emily Watt (2003)
Amy Cameron (2004)
Sarah McDougall (2005)
Kate Chapman (2006)
Matt Calman (2007)
Kate Newton (2008)
Amanda Fisher (2009)
Sarah Young (2010)
Kris Shannon (2011)
Olivia Wannan (2012)
Siobhan Downes (2013)
Alisa Yong (2014)
Steven Trask (2015)
Eleanor Wenman (2016)
Andre Chumko (2017)
Adrian Bathgate (2003)
Derek Cheng (2004)
Dan Poynton (2005)
Kiran Chug (2006)
Matt Chisholm (2007)
Michael Forbes (2008)
Rory MacKinnon (2009)
Ryan Bridge (2010)
Laura Walters (2011)
Lucy Townend (2012)
Jess Roden (2013)
Sai Raje (2014)
Amber-Leigh Woolf (2015)
Chelsea McLaughlin (2016)
Andre Chumko (2017)
Chris Hyde (2012)
Adam Poulopoulos (2013)
Jessy Edwards (2014)
Steven Trask (2015)
Jacob Beleski (2016)
Laree Taula (2017)
Laree Taula (2017)
Lyall Russell (2015)
Becky Wilson (2016)
Dane Ambler (2017)
From time to time, other scholarship opportunities arise:
Shaun White (SBS cadetship winner, 2008)
Alisa Yong (Asia NZ Kiwi Asian Journalism Scholarship winner, 2014)
Solbin Kang (Asia NZ Kiwi Asian Journalism Scholarship winner, 2015)
Steven Trask (Science Media Centre Scholarship winner, 2015)
Julie Iles (Pacific Cooperation Foundation, Samoa, 2016)
Safia Archer (Pacific Cooperation Foundation, Fiji, 2017)
Amber Allott (Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia, China, 2017)