School awards

In association with industry partners and sponsors, the School of Communication, International Studies and Languages offer a range of prizes and awards recognising achievement for both postgraduate and undergraduate studies.

School prizes and awards cover several areas including music, journalism, poetry, writing and communication. Check out our winners below.


UniSA TV Industry Night

These prizes are awarded annually for students undertaking the MBJR course, Television and Video Journalism (COMM 3060).  Students are required to film and edit their own stories and are judged by local news directors from local TV stations (7,9,10 and ABC).

Three award categories are sponsored by the commercial stations:

Winners receive: $500

YearCategory
Winners
2015 Channel Nine Best News Bulletin Madeleine Dunne;
Amelia McMahon;
Sam Reynolds; Jai Coe 
2015 Channel Seven Best News Story Madeleine Dunne
2015 Channel 10 Best packaged/filmed/edited story  Sam Reynolds


1st Year Student Award

This prize is awarded annually to the full-time student with the highest grade point average for their first year of study in an onshore undergraduate program in the School of Communication, International Studies and Languages

Winner receives: $500

Year Winners
2014 Chelsea Mirus


Australian and New Zealand Cultural Arts Ltd Prizes for Music Performance Excellence – Level 1

Awarded annually for the best final music performance to a student enrolled in PERF 1010 Music Performance. To be considered, students must have attained a grade of High Distinction for the course. Student work will be at a level of proficiency and imagination such that it would be seen as outstanding in a professional context. It will demonstrate distinct understanding of music that relates to the specifics of music conception, performance and/or production and applied theory. 

Winner receives: $500

Year Winners
2014 Natasha Mary Blakey


Australian and New Zealand Cultural Arts Ltd Prizes for Music Performance Excellence – Level 2

Awarded annually to a student enrolled in PERF2013 Cabaret: Context and Practice who has contributed a major music component to their final assessment. To be considered, students must have attained a grade of High Distinction for the course. Student work will be at a level of proficiency and imagination such that it would be seen as outstanding in a professional context. It will demonstrate distinct understanding of music that relates to the specifics of music conception, performance and/or production and applied theory.

Winner receives: $500

Year Winners
2014 Tanya Jade Cornish


Australian and New Zealand Cultural Arts Ltd Prizes for Music Performance Excellence – Level 3

Awarded annually to a student enrolled in PERF3008 Live Performance Production or PERF3007 Musical Theatre who has contributed a major music component to their final assessment. To be considered, students must have attained a grade of High Distinction for the course. Student work will be at a level of proficiency and imagination such that it would be seen as outstanding in a professional context. It will demonstrate distinct understanding of music that relates to the specifics of music conception, performance and/or production and applied theory.

Winner receives: $500

Year Winners
2014 Paige Court


Channel 7 News Prize for Best Television News Story

Awarded for the best television news story presented at the School of Communication, International Studies and Languages Annual Journalism Television Industry Night to a student enrolled in COMM 3060 Television and Video Journalism. 

Winner receives: $500

Year Winners
2014 Samantha Okely


Ten Network Prize for Best News Story – Filming and Editing

Awarded annually for the best filmed and edited news story presented at the School of Communication, International Studies and Languages Annual Journalism Television Industry Night to a student enrolled in COMM 3060 Television and Video Journalism.

 Winner receives: $500

Year Winners
2014      
Zachary Benn
2013 Adam Whalland
2012 Ashley Pollard


The Brain Injury Network (BINSA) Student Journalism Award

Awarded to two final year Bachelor of Journalism students for a 750 word feature article on an aspect of the topic of brain injury.

Prize: $500

Year Winners
2014 Alice Dundon
2013 Cheryl Jenner
2012 Celeste Villani
2011 Rosyn Murphy
2010 Kirstin Leigh Jenkins
2009 Not awarded
2008 Heather Kennett Kate Mitchell
2007 Sonia Gentile
Alice Emily Monfries
Danielle Elise Cook
Julia Renee Morley
Ebony Dohnal


The National Nine News Student Journalism Award

Awarded for the best television presentation by members of the journalism television class.

Winner receives: $500 

YearWinners
2014 Samantha Okely
Jack Mason
Jacqueline Woods
Cathryn Kempe
Casey Gregory
2013 Georgina Hore
Patrick Major
Myles Wallace
Laura Eckert
Thomas Angley
2012 Matthew Doran
Russell Jones
Renee Totsikas
2011 Britt Dianne Habner
Lucille Georgina Gore
Adam Rende Luitjes
Roscoe James Whalan
2010 Megan Dempsey
Edward Godfrey
Amelia Vogelsang
Teegan Dolling
2009 Maria Ianniello
Kristin Haseldine
Louise Pascale
Nina Photakis
2008 Chloe Kennedy
Basia Rusziewicz
Shantal Hart
Kate Bourne
2007 Shadiya Nusrat
Thomas Alexander Wilson
Thomas Alexander Ootes
Kimberley Sarah Robertson
Kathryn Jensen


Julie Duncan Memorial Award for Student Journalism

(Awarded by the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance)

This award is open to students of the University of South Australia’s Journalism program.  Items will have been published or broadcast as part of the Journalism program and will reflect outstanding initiative and/or newsworthiness and technical skill, and adhere to appropriate ethical and legal standards.  Final year students are entitled to a free year’s membership of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance.

Winner receives Gold Trophy (worth $500)

YearWinners
2015 Stephanie Hurrell
2014 Isabella Pittaway
2013 Jemma Pietrus
2012 Lauren Waldhuter
2011 John Stokes
2010 Brigette Elliott
2009 Stephanie Boltje and Catherine Graue
2008 Jessica Marshallsay
2007 Lisa Anne Maksimovic


Max Harris Poetry Award

This annual national award aims to recognise the work and talent of Australian poets. Established in 1993 with the encouragement of acclaimed writer Max Harris, this award acknowledges the significant contribution that poetry offers to Australian literary culture.

Winner receives: $3,000

Year Winners
2014 Not awarded in 2014
2013 Homer Reith
2012 Not awarded in 2012
2011 Not awarded in 2011
2010 Not awarded in 2010
2009 Brett Dionysius
2008 Shane McCauley
2007 Jan Owen


Wilmar Library Prize

Awarded biennially to the student from the Bachelor of Arts Writing and Creative Communication for outstanding achievement.

Winner receives: $500

YearWinners
2014 Renee Biele
2012 Cheryl Jenner
2010 Sarah Burney
2007 Lisa Greiger


Cecil Teesdale-Smith Award

This award was established in memory of Cecil Teesdale-Smith. The prize commemorates a highly respected lecturer in Literary Studies from Magill Campus. It is awarded by the Professional Writing team on an annual basis to a student who has consistently produced outstanding work across a range of courses which involve the production of creative writing.

Winner receives: $70 book voucher

YearWinners
2014 Silvia Josipovic
2013 Ashleigh Campbell
2012 Sarah-Jane Ormsby
2011 Alfred William Robert Simpson
2010 Pablo Muslera
2009 Leeston McNab
2008 Mark Edwards
2007 Veronica Williams
2006 Karin Holzknecht
2005 Gillian Ratcliff


WITHDRAWN PRIZES AND AWARDS


UniSA Communication and Journalism Merit Award (Taylors)

(This award has now been withdrawn)

Merit Award is available annually for student with the highest program GPA (not less than 6.25) in the cohort graduating with the Bachelor of Arts (Communication and Media Management) and Bachelor of Journalism on the basis of studies at the Taylors University College, Malaysia. 

Winner receives 3000 Malaysian Ringgit

Year Winners
2014 A.R. Ramachandran, Vikram
2013 Phaik Chern Ooi
2012 Ting Yuan Chan


Rotary Student Journalist Prize

(This award has now been withdrawn)

In 2012, Rotary initiated a Student Journalist Competition to encourage emerging journalists and other communications professionals within the School to write news stories about Rotary projects undertaken by Clubs within Districts 9500 and 9520. The Rotary & UniSA Student Journalist Competition provided an opportunity for career-focussed students to gain experience in researching, interviewing, writing and creating media pieces on Rotary Club's community projects - and promote Rotary's successes in press, radio or social media outlets.

The Prize is open to all current students enrolled in the Bachelor of Journalism and associated double degrees, Bachelor of Arts (Communication and Media Management), Bachelor of Arts (Writing and Creative Communication), Bachelor of Communication (Media and Culture) and Bachelor of Public Relations.

Winner receives: $700

Year Winners
2014  Lucy Caruso


Schulz Communication Prize

(This award has now been withdrawn)

The prize will be awarded to the student who has completed the Graduate Diploma in Communication (Public Relations) or the Master of Arts (Communication Management) with the highest GPA in the program.

Winner receives: $1000 

Year Winners
2012 Connie Hassouros
2011 Eloise Karena Dreimanis
Jane Frances Russell
2010 Jodie O'Dea
2009 Kimberly Nightingale
2008 Diane Lee
2007 Felix Riley


Australian Centre for Child Protection Journalism Prize

(This award has now been withdrawn)

Established by the UniSA-based national research centre in conjunction with the School of Communication, International Studies and Languages, the prize is open to students enrolled in journalism ethics courses at UniSA. The prize aims to help journalism students to think beyond sensationalist treatments and consider broader issues such as the underlying causes of abuse and neglect and preventative strategies.

Winner receives: $1000 

Year Winners
2013 Letitia Custance
2012 Bethany Excell
2011 Madeline Kate Holmes
2010 Elise Fantin
Anne Fedorowytsch (runner up)


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