A Sure Win for JCU at the Clarions


BMJ students E­­­bony Battersby and Dominique Clarke are the only two finalists in the Best Journalism Student (Regional) category in this year’s Clarion Awards for journalistic excellence.  


Ebony’s work on Cannabis legislation in Queensland was first published in JCNN in May this year. Her story opened the floodgates for similar stories in the Townsville Bulletin and the Courier Mail.


Ebony said she did not expect to be a finalist.

I’m very surprised and excited! What a great boost for JCU!” she said.

Ebony did her internship with the Townsville Bulletin where many of her stories also saw publication.

Dominique has focused her reporting on the mining sector. Her story on the Yabulu Refinery expansion plans and other mining stories were published in JCNN early this year. She has also been contributing to, and working part-time for the Mining Advocate (www.miningadvocate.com.au), a print and online publication focusing on the mining industry sector.

JCU’s Faculty of Arts, Education and Social Sciences (FAESS) and the School of Arts and Social Sciences are no strangers to the Clarions. We won Best Student Journalist (Regional) in 2009 when Journalism student Kieran Moran romped off with the first prize for his “Bouncers Behaving Badly” expose that was front-page story for the Townsville Bulletin. Journalism/English student Molly Hoey came second that year for her ANZAC feature.  Last year, BMJ student Cassie Cocks was a finalist for her portfolio of work.

The Queensland Clarion Awards are the pre-eminent state-based awards promoting excellence in the media. It celebrates quality journalism and reward media professionals and journalism students, whose commitment and excellent media coverage best informs and entertains Queensland. The awards are administered by the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance.

The awarding ceremonies will be held on Saturday 24 August at the newly opened Brisbane Royal International Convention Centre at RNA.