WAAPA broadcasting student Mr Damian Smith received state-wide recognition on Friday, 12 November at the annual WA Media Awards, receiving the prestigious Outstanding Journalism Student Award for his work completed throughout the year.
The WA Media Awards recognise the outstanding work of those within the media industry throughout the year in a number of different categories, with the student category open to all undergraduate and postgraduate journalism students enrolled in WA.
Competing students were asked to submit pieces which they believed best showcased their skills and talents, with the pieces then assessed by a panel of judges based on newsworthiness, impact, ethical standards and how the work showcased the student's skills.
Damien's work received high praise, with the competition judges commenting on his professionalism and ability to create engaging and meaningful stories.
"Damian demonstrates an ability to translate diverse and complex issues into radio and television stories with good flow that makes it easy for the listener to stay with the story from beginning to end," praised the judges.
Senior Lecturer from the School of Communications and Arts and WAAPA Broadcasting Course Co-ordinator, Mr Peter Holland congratulated Damian on receiving the award.
"Damian has produced an outstanding body of work while completing his Graduate Diploma of Broadcasting at ECU."
"His stories are characterised by acute observation, stylish writing and occasionally a wicked sense of humour and we are very proud of his achievements," said Mr Holland.
Damian was honoured to receive the award and is looking forward to applying his university skills in media industry.
"One of the things I'm most proud of is that the stories I submitted were produced under real-world deadlines. It's the kind of pressure you're expected to perform under in the workplace and it's been incredibly valuable training," said Damian.
"I guess the real challenge starts now. I need to move from being a student journalist to a journalist, full stop. After four years at uni, I'm looking forward to getting out there!"
WAAPA student, Dr Ann Jones, was also recognised at the awards, receiving a highly commended in the Outstanding Student Journalism Award category.
For more information on the awards and to view a full list of the winners, visit the WA Media Awards website.
Source: Edith Cowan University http://www.ecu.edu.au/news/latest-news/2010/11/waapa-student-winner-at-wa-media-awards