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Journalism Students Successes

Award for Excellence at Berwick Campus

The 2010 winner of the prestigious Herb Thomas Memorial Trust award for a journalism student at the Berwick campus is Anita Anderson.

Anita received the $1200 prize at a presentation dinner in Berwick on 20 May in the presence of community leaders, media proprietors, academic representatives from three tertiary institutes, and her own family.

"My passion is radio, and so I will use the money to enrol in a course to further my radio studies," she told the audience at the presentation.

The annual Herb Thomas award goes to four recipients studying for careers in the print media industry: a journalism student from Monash University's Berwick campus, a graduate diploma journalism student from RMIT's School of Media and communication, a professional writing student from Chisholm Institute Berwick campus, and a student from RMIT's International Centre of Graphic Technology.

Anita, from Somerville, is a mother of two young children, who began her studies at the Berwick campus when she realised she wanted to work in media.

In addition to her part-time studies at Monash, she presents a morning show on Casey Radio.  

Winners must use the prize money to further their studies or careers.

Speaking at the presentation, Star News Group proprietor Ian Thomas said the award after 31 years continued to recognise excellence and remained important in the lives of the students who received it.

The trust was set up in 1979 in memory of newspaper proprietor Herb Thomas, a former president of the Victorian Country Press Association and editor and owner of the 101-year-old Pakenham Gazette, now the state-wide independent Star News Group.

The aim is to assist young writers pursuing a career in media and literature.

Four Rotary clubs and the City of Casey and Shire of Cardinia manage the trust and conduct the presentation dinner.

Anita receives the award on the basis of her academic achievements as well as an interview with the trustees.  

At the dinner she acknowledged the work of Rotarians from Berwick, Narre Warren, Pakenham, and Endeavour Hills as well as the two municipalities, who have overseen the event for 26 years.