Sydney journalism student Alexandra Cheevers will practice her craft in the north of England next month after winning a prestigious scholarship at the University of Lincoln School of Journalism.
Miss Cheevers was shocked and delighted at being announced the winner from a competitive field of fellow Macleay College students. Not only had she never won anything before, she’s also never travelled to the UK.
“It is the most amazing opportunity I could ever have hoped for,” said the 28-year-old from Dee Why.
“I’m looking forward to everything – visiting London, going on the Tube, meeting new people, the snow! And I can’t wait to see how journalism is taught, to see the differences and similarities, between Lincoln University and Macleay College.”
The announcement was made on Friday at Macleay’s 2015 awards ceremony, attended by staff, students and college alumni, including Krystal Johnson (Yahoo7) and Andrew Leeson (AAP).
Macleay’s head of journalism, Stephen Davis, said the trip to England’s north in the middle of winter was “no summer holiday” but it was a once-in-a lifetime opportunity for a talented budding journo. It is the second international scholarship offered by Macleay, which also sends a student to California’s Centre for Investigative Reporting every year.
The new educational and cultural experience, valued at $7500, includes two days in London and two weeks at Lincoln, where Miss Cheevers, a first-year Bachelor of Journalism student, will attend journalism faculty tutorials and work on Siren FM, the university’s community radio station.
She will also file news packages for Macleay College’s Australian news sites, producing stories for The Newsroom and a digital report for MacleayTV. Miss Cheevers will undertake an elite internship at ABC before returning to Macleay next year for her second year of studies.
The 2015 awards ceremony also recognised Macleay’s top contributors to The Newsroom and MacleayTV. Award winners are pictured below.
All photos by Ben Atkinson-James.