Notre Dame grad tops her class at WA Media Awards

Line Stenseth won the Outstanding Journalism Student Award at the WA Media Awards.
Pictured with Notre Dame graduate, Hannah Cammack.

2 November 2015

By Caitlin Cole (second-year Journalism student)

Graduate of The University of Notre Dame Australia, Line Stenseth, was awarded the Outstanding Journalism Student Award at the WA Media Awards on Saturday 17 October 2015.

The award was open to all full-time undergraduate and postgraduate journalism students enrolled at a West Australian tertiary institution and not employed as journalists. Students were required to submit three pieces of work, showing a variety of skills and styles.

The judges said Line demonstrated maturity, versatility and an assured style in her entries.

“Her assured writing style was the backbone of her multimedia presentation Team Australia,” judges said.

Line travelled to Australia from Norway on a working holiday visa in 2008, and found herself making delicious coffee at a café in Fremantle. This experience ‘sparked’ Line’s interest in learning again after having almost five years off.

“I'm so happy. I had a great lecturer who motivated and inspired me, and made me really enjoy the journalism units I took,” Line said.

“I was very honoured to be nominated and to actually win the award was a big surprise.”

Notre Dame Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of the Journalism program, Dr Mignon Shardlow, said the award was well deserved recognition for Line’s hard work, commitment and talent.

“Line’s win acknowledges a student whose pursuit of excellence has been consistent across all units during her degree. This achievement is all the more remarkable because Line’s first language is Norwegian and her journalism work rewarded with this award is in her second language,” Dr Shardlow said.

“This highly regarded award is also recognition of the journalism staff at Notre Dame who have been lucky enough to have Line in their classes. Notre Dame is particularly lucky to have fantastic journalism students.

“This award is no doubt going to be the first of many awards that Notre Dame journalism students win.”

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