The Ossie Awards
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The annual Ossie Awards, named after journalist Osmar S. White, are organised by the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia. Senior journalists and editors judge the main award categories.
Entries for the 2017 Ossie Awards are now open.
Entries close at midnight (SA time) on Friday, October 6.
***UPDATE: The Ossie Awards submission platform is still experiencing technical difficulties. Because of this, the deadline has been extended to midnight (SA time) on Tuesday, October 10.
To submit entries, please fill out the application form as usual. The error is occurring at the entry file submission stage - some people have been able to submit with no problems, while others have been receiving an error message. If you receive an error message, submit the entry file only (clearly labelled) to email@example.com***
Winners in most categories receive a $200 prize, funded in perpetuity by a generous donation by White’s daughter, journalist and author Sally A. White. The Mindframe for Journalism Education categories each attract a $200 prize and are sponsored by the Hunter Institute of Mental Health. The Dart Centre Asia Pacific Prize is also $200, sponsored by Dart Centre Asia Pacific.
A Student of the Year Award worth $750 has been added to our prizes, thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Australian Press Council. The Press Council is sponsoring two other awards each worth $200 on media ethics and press freedom.
Another major award was introduced in 2016 for Indigenous reporting, the result of an anonymous benefactor. This award has been named after John Newfong, a prominent Indigenous journalist.
Please note that only institutions with at least two (2) financial JERAA members are eligible to enter the awards.
Queries about the award categories, deadlines or entry criteria in 2017 should be directed to:
Dr Kathryn Bowd
JERAA Ossies Coordinator
School of Humanities
Faculty of Arts
906 Napier Building
The University of Adelaide, AUSTRALIA 5005
Ph: +61 8 8313 5617
Congratulations to the 2016 Ossie Awards winners.
The awards in 18 categories were presented on December 2, 2016, at the JERAA conference at QUT in Brisbane.
More than 120 entries were submitted across the categories, with universities in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji taking part.
A summary of the 2016 winners is in the right-hand panel; a full list including judges' comments can be downloaded as a pdf.
Our judges included members of the JERAA executive and category sponsors from the Australian Press Council, Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma , and Mindframe. Thanks in particular to our industry judges: Helen Trinca, Myriam Robin, Michael Sexton, Madeleine Morris, Rob Sharp, Candice Marcus, Brett McLeod, Allan Clarke, Linda Mottram, Ben Eltham, Adam Gartrell and Michael Auciello.