ossie awards

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.

The 2021 Ossie Awards are now open via an online submission process.

The deadline for the 2021 awards will be midnight on Friday, October 22 (NSW time). The awards will be presented during the JERAA conference in Canberra in early December.

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.

A Student of the Year Award worth $750 is available, thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Australian Press Council. The Press Council is sponsoring two other awards each worth $200 on media ethics and press freedom.

In 2021, JERAA is delighted to announce that our specialist award categories are continuing thanks to our sponsors. The Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub Prize for best Climate Change Reporting attracts a $200 prize. Intellect are also providing a book voucher of 100 GBP for the Best Publication award.

The Mindframe for Journalism Education categories each attract a $200 prize and are sponsored by Everymind. The Dart Centre Asia Pacific prize is also $200, sponsored by Dart Centre Asia Pacific, and there are two $200 awards sponsored by Our Watch for excellence in the coverage of violence against women. JERAA also thanks the anonymous sponsor who provides $200 for the John Newfong Prize for Reporting on Indigenous Affairs.



Jeanti St Clair
Southern Cross University

ossie awards recognising the best work of student journalists

Past Winners

Anne Dunn award
Dr Catriona Bonfiglioli is the 2021 Anne Dunn Scholar

The 2021 winner of the Anne Dunn award is Dr Catriona Bonfiglioli, Senior Lecturer in Media Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney. Catriona [...]

research award
Dr Chrisanthi Giotis wins 2020 JERAA Research Award

Dr Chrisanthi Giotis, from the University of Technology, Sydney, is the winner of the 2020 Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia [...]

Anne Dunn award
Dr Penny O’Donnell wins the 2020 Anne Dunn Scholar award

Dr Penny O’Donnell, from the Department of Media and Communications at the University of Sydney, is the winner of the 2020 Anne Dunn Scholar award, [...]

Ossie Awards
Reuben Spargo wins 2021 Ossies Journalism Student of the Year

The 2021 Ossie Award winners, showcasing Australia’s best student journalism, were announced during an online awards session at the Journalism Educa[...]

Previous winners of the Ossie Awards, dating back to 2008

The full list of previous winners of the Ossie Awards can be found here.


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