Macleay Journalism student, Indi Brummelen, has won Best Text-Based Story at the 2019 Ossie Awards, recognising the best work of student journalists.
The annual Ossie Awards, named after journalist Osmar S. White, are organised by the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia . Senior journalists and editors judge the main award categories.
Winners in most categories receive a $200 prize, funded in perpetuity by a generous donation by White’s daughter, journalist and author Sally A. White.
The winning story was a "deftly-written and balanced story [and] a classic scoop that illustrates societal tensions about how schools police the appearance of the teenagers in their care."
Brummelen said: “I am very excited and honoured to have won an Ossie Award this year.
"As it was a story I wrote in my first week at Macleay, it just goes to show that you’re learning skills as soon as you walk through the door, and that’s thanks to the fantastic lecturers we have on campus.”
Congratulations to @MacleayMelb student @IndiBrumm who won best text-based story (750 words or less) at this year’s Ossie Awards! We’re so proud of you! @HatchMacleay @MacleayCollege pic.twitter.com/GEkZk4pWK0— Hatch@Macleay (@HatchMacleay) December 5, 2019
So honoured to have won the 2019 Ossie Award for Best Text-Based Story 😁😁 https://t.co/NiE2F9O7O5— Indi Brummelen (@IndiBrumm) December 5, 2019
Macleay’s Head of Journalism says: “We are so proud of Indi, who is setting the bar high for student journalism.
"Her story, known as “Eyelash Gate” at the Melbourne campus, was such a scoop that it was published by The Age and Fairfax’s online news sites, as well as our own site, Hatch.
“When Indi found out about the high school forcibly removing eyelashes from students on the day of their school photos, she dived on it, doing her research, interviewing students and parents, fact-checking and contacting the school for a right of reply.
"There was a lot of detail, including photographs, she left out for privacy and legal reasons, showing solid news judgment and ethical maturity.”
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Hatch is published by the journalism students of Macleay College in Sydney and Melbourne.