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 2019 Ossie Awards will open shortly via an online submission process.

The deadline for the 2019 wards will be midnight on Friday, October 11 (SA time). The awards will be presented during the JERAA conference in Sydney 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.

In 2019 there is a new award, with a $200 price for reporting on climate change. The award is the Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub Prize for best Climate Change Reporting. Palgrave are also providing a book voucher of 200 Euros for the Best Publication award.

The Mindframe for Journalism Education categories each attract a $200 prize and are sponsored by the Hunter Institute of Mental Health. 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 that recognise coverage of a violence against women issue.

A Student of the Year Award worth $750 is also on offer, 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.

Dr Peter English

Lecturer, Journalism

Faculty of Arts, Business and Law University of the Sunshine Coast

penglish@usc.edu.au

ossie awards recognising the best work of student journalists

Past Winners

Archive
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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Highly commended
All acknowledgement and no action for Indigenous people

Massilia Aili, University of Technology Sydney

John Newfong Prize for Reporting on Indigenous Affairs ($200)

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Winner
Indigenous suicide in custody: ‘How have lives just slipped away?

Jack Banister, University of Melbourne

John Newfong Prize for Reporting on Indigenous Affairs ($200)

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Highly commended
World Science Festival in Brisbane

Naveen Razik, Queensland University of Technology

Best video story by an Undergraduate or Postgraduate Student – over 2 minutes ($200)

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Winner
Rising from Mother’s Ruin

Sinead Fogarty, Macleay College

Best video story by an Undergraduate or Postgraduate Student – over 2 minutes ($200)

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Winner
Firefighters climb hard for charity

Andrea Thiis-Evensen and Ezra Holt, Monash University

Best video story by an Undergraduate or Postgraduate Student – 2 minutes or less ($200)

Highly commended
My family doesn’t have many secrets

Emily Bradfield, Bond University

Best audio story by an Undergraduate or Postgraduate Student – over 2 minutes ($200)

Winner
‘Perfection’ is more than skin deep: Being brown, being beautiful

Dilpreet Kaur, University of Melbourne

Best audio story by an Undergraduate or Postgraduate Student – over 2 minutes ($200)

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Winner
Memorial service for slain teenage Liep Gony

Andrea Thiis-Evensen, Monash University

Best audio story by an Undergraduate or Postgraduate Student – 2 minutes or less ($200)

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Winner
Eight Years On: The Syrian war and its child refugees

Angus Smith, Monash University

Best text-based story by a Postgraduate Student - over 750 words ($200)

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Highly commended
Turning over a new leaf

Sarah Makse, Curtin University

Best text-based story by an Undergraduate Student – over 750 words ($200)

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Highly commended
Chantilly Lacey: Killer ex-WAG now $7m-a-year fashion queen

Emily Selleck, Bond University

Best text-based story by an Undergraduate or Postgraduate Student – 750 words or less ($200)

Winner
The heart of the matter

Tallulah Thompson, University of Technology Sydney

Best text-based story by an Undergraduate Student – over 750 words ($200)

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More than 60 couples fleeced in Willows wedding wipeout

Benjamin Ansell, University of Melbourne

Best text-based story by an Undergraduate or Postgraduate Student – 750 words or less ($200)

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