The Ossie Awards

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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.

Applications are now open for the 2018 Ossie Awards.

The deadline for the 2018 awards will be midnight on Friday, October 5 (SA time). The awards will be presented during the JERAA conference in Hobart in early December.

The entry submission page on the JERAA website is live.

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 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. In 2018 there will also be 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.

Queries about the award categories, deadlines or entry criteria in 2018 should be directed to:

Dr Peter English
Lecturer, Journalism
Faculty of Arts, Business and Law
University of the Sunshine Coast

Ossies winners

A summary of the 2018 winners is below.

Full details of the winners including judges' comments can be downloaded as a pdf.

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

Winner - Benjamin Ansell, University of Melbourne. “More than 60 couples fleeced in Willows wedding wipeout.”

Highly commended - Emily Selleck, Bond University. “Chantilly Lacey: Killer ex-WAG now $7m-a-year fashion queen”                                                                                                                                            

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

Winner - Tallulah Thompson, University of Technology Sydney. “The heart of the matter.”

Highly commended - Sarah Makse, Curtin University. “Turning over a new leaf


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

Winner - Angus Smith, Monash University. "Eight Years On: The Syrian war and its child refugees."


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

Winner - Andrea Thiis-Evensen, Monash University. “Memorial service for slain teenage Liep Gony.”


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

Winner - Dilpreet Kaur, University of Melbourne. “‘Perfection’ is more than skin deep: Being brown, being beautiful.”

Highly commended - Emily Bradfield, Bond University. “My family doesn’t have many secrets.”


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

Winner - Andrea Thiis-Evensen and Ezra Holt, Monash University. “Firefighters climb hard for charity.”


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

Winner - Sinead Fogarty, Macleay College. “Rising from Mother’s Ruin.”

Highly Commended - Naveen Razik, Queensland University of Technology. “World Science Festival in Brisbane.”


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

Winner - Jack Banister, University of Melbourne.  “Indigenous suicide in custody: ‘How have lives just slipped away?’                                                                                   

Highly commended - Massilia Aili, University of Technology Sydney. “All acknowledgement and no action for Indigenous people.”


Best innovation in journalism

Winner: Immerse – UniSA.

Highly commended - Jessica Woolley (and Monash University digital production students). “Global Poverty.”


Best publication

Winner – Macleay College. Hatch

Highly commended - University of Melbourne. The Citizen


Best photojournalism by an Undergraduate or Postgraduate Student ($200)

Winner – Brendan Martin, Queensland University of Technology. “Jason Knows Ipswich.”

Highly Commended - Edward See Yuen Wong, Monash University. “‘We are dreamers’: The Filipino migrant workers of Hong Kong.”


Investigative journalism by an Undergraduate or Postgraduate Student ($200)

Winner - Kate Banville, Bond University. “Veterans fighting for protection visas for Afghan interpreters.

Highly commended - Krystle Richardson, Deakin University. “Golden Key: Worth joining or a waste of money.”                                                 

Investigative journalism (all media)

Winner - Sybilla Gross and Suryan Zaki, Monash University. “Bloody difficult coping with periods when you’re homeless.”

Highly commended – Caitlin Archbold and Bianca Banchetti (with Stefanny Widjaja and Cindy Gulla), Queensland University of Technology. “The faces behind Jakarta’s spilling waste.”


Mindframe (Individual, Any Medium, Undergraduate) ($200 prize)

Winner - Rebekah Roennfeldt, Griffith University. “Community Approach Needed for Suicide Prevention.”


Mindframe (Individual, Any Medium, Postgraduate) ($200 prize)

Winner - Krati Garg, University of Melbourne. “Physician, heal thyself? A prescription for trouble for all of us, doctors say”


Our Watch (Individual, Any Medium, Undergraduate) ($200 prize)

Winner – Ninah Kopel and Ollie Henderson, University of Technology Sydney. “After #MeToo: Conditions of entry.”

Highly Commended – Jessica Woolley, Monash University. “‘You have to start from somewhere’: From changing the course to changing the culture.”


Our Watch (Individual, Any Medium, Postgraduate) ($200 prize)

Winner - Amber Schultz, Monash University. “We need a refuge: Cowes residents confront Minister over family violence services”


Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma - Asia Pacific ($200 prize)

Winner – Gabriella Marchant, RMIT. “Baby never known life outside immigration detention


The Australian Press Council Undergraduate Prize for an essay on the topic of media ethics ($200 prize)

Winner - Russell Phipps, University of the Sunshine Coast. “Ethical journalism and the intrusion into grief.”


The Australian Press Council Postgraduate Prize for an essay on the topic of media ethics ($200 prize)

Winner - Daria Impiombato, Monash University. “Charlie Pourquoi? Freedom of expression and its limitations in modern western democracies.”

The Australian Press Council Prize for Journalism Student of the Year ($750 prize)

Winner - Sinead Fogarty, Macleay College

(Examples include Tales of a foreign Correspondent, UK’s joint-oldest man celebrates his 110th birthday, The Australian women rising from Mother’s Ruin and A fun-sized premier league.)

Highly Commended - Selby Stewart, Monash University.

Highly Commended - Madeline Stephens, Curtin University.