Jarni Blakkarly has won The Walkley Foundation’s ‘Student Journalist of the Year’ award.
Mr Blakkarly was announced as the winner last night at the Walkley Mid-Year Awards celebration in Sydney.
The RMIT University student is currently a freelance journalist and radio producer studying a Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) degree in Melbourne.
In his short career beginning with an internship at a Malaysian news organisation in 2013, Jarni has contributed to a number of news organisations including Reuters, Al Jazeera, VICE, Crikey and ABC 730.
Mr Blakkarly succeeded with his entries, ‘Democracy Rising’, ‘Behind the mask of an Emergency’, and ‘Australian cuts to climate change research may hit drive into Asia’.
The Walkley judges commented that Mr Blakkarly’s entries exhibited balance, depth and initiative across a number of platforms. His radio documentary piece excellently displayed the political unrest of Malaysia, while his news piece was an informative exposé.
The ‘Student Journalist of the Year’ award is sponsored by Macleay College. Associate Dean and Head of Journalism, Stephen Davis, presented the award on the evening.
“The Walkley Awards are the top journalism awards in Australia and Macleay College runs the best journalism education program within Australia, so it was a natural match,” Stephen Davis told The Newsroom.
“We’re passionate believers in the future of journalism, so we want to encourage successful young journalists,” he said. “There’s nothing better than to sponsor an award which rewards the outstanding work of student journalists.”
“He [Jarni] is one of those people who’s decided he wants to be a journalist, he believes in the value of journalism, and I think he is going to be a success story.” – Jessica Staveley
Photos by Fiona West