Aspiring journalist Brigid makes headlines

A LOVE of language and a nose for news has earned Brigid Auchettl this year’s The Standard Journalism Prize.
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First-year Deakin University student Brigid Auchettl, 19, of Warrnambool has won The Standard journalism award. 140923AM76 Picture: ANGELA MILNE

The 19-year-old started her tertiary studies at Deakin University’s Warrnambool campus earlier this year and said she’d already learnt a great deal about modern journalism.

“I always enjoyed English when I was in high school, so that directed me towards journalism,” Brigid said.

The Warrnambool student has undertaken a number of news assignments during the past few months, including a report on the lack of lighting around Wollaston Bridge.

“I know that area really well and plenty of people have said it’s a problem so I thought it was worth reporting on,” Brigid said.

“I interviewed some local residents and (Warrnambool City) councillor Peter Hulin.

“It was surprising how many people felt strongly about it.”

Deakin journalism lecturer Kristy Hess said Brigid was eager to learn about the media and was rapidly developing her journalistic skills at the university.

“The Warrnambool campus helps to nurture future journalists and those with the ambition of working in media-related industries,” Ms Hess said.

“It’s great that Brigid has this opportunity to be connected more strongly with the industry.”

The Standard’s academic excellence prize of $1500 is awarded annually to a Deakin student majoring in journalism who is also a south-west resident.

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