Our alumni in the news
Our alumni are constantly featured in the media as well as in publications across Australia and around the globe. The Alumni Relations office recognises the world-class excellence of our alumni and shines a spotlight on their achievements.
Gold Walkley awarded to UoN graduate
Joanne McCarthy has won Australian journalism's most prestigious award, the Gold Walkley, for her coverage of child sex abuse in the Catholic Church.
The Newcastle Herald journalist's reporting last year on the sexual abuse of children, primarily by Catholic clergy in the Newcastle and Hunter regions, prompted a state enquiry and royal commission.
In her acceptance speech at the Walkley Award ceremony in Brisbane on November 28, Joanne thanked the victims for trusting her and her team.
"I want to thank all of the people, the victims and the family, who have trusted us," she said speech.
"For people who have every reason in the world not to trust, they trusted us. I think over the years that's what got us to the point that we did and I'm proud of that because we didn't let them down."
The Herald team including Joanne, editor Chad Watson and reporters Ian Kirkwood and Jason Gordon won the Walkley award for coverage of community and regional affairs for the 'Shine the Light' series on child sex abuse.
2013 has been a successful year for Joanne who was named Melbourne Press Club's Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year, the Gold Kennedy NSW Journalist of the Year and Prodi's Northern NSW Journalist of the Year. These awards all recognised her investigative work into the Catholic Church.
Joanne, who completed a Bachelor of Arts in 2003 and the Open Foundation Program in 1997, said her time at University was invaluable during her research.
"For the past seven years I have had to source documents, objectively assess information, conduct interviews, critically evaluate competing data, reach conclusions, write articles in which arguments are developed and deliver speeches to support those arguments, often against considerable criticism," she said.
"That work has relied on the skills I developed and tested at the University, after completing Open Foundation."
Listen to Joanne's interview with 1233 ABC Newcastle following her Gold Walkley award win.
UoN Fine Art Student Wins National Tertiary Art Prize
Bachelor of Fine Art graduate and Faculty medallist Shan Turner-Carroll is the winner of the Doctor Harold Schenberg Art Prize.
Shan's work was selected to represent the University at the Hatched exhibition, which features 37 artists from 20 art schools across Australia. His work is currently showing at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts.
Shan was awarded the Jennie Thomas Travelling Art Scholarship in 2012 and will be travelling to Myanmar in June. He will be exhibiting his award-winning work and creating new images reflecting the experience of his ancestral homeland.
You can see Shan's work on our Callaghan campus. As part of the University's history and heritage project, Shan photographed the former Dean of Law Neil Rees. His portrait hangs in the Law School, located in the McMullin building.
Focus on our alumni in print
Our alumni are published in a vast range of texts in their fields of excellence. Alumni in Print shines a spotlight on our published alumni.
Graduate wins twice for first novel
Michael Sala is an award-winning author, an award winning teacher, and a graduate of the University of Newcastle.
The Last Thread, Michael's first novel, tracks a childhood spent between Holland and Australia. Michael develops a disjointed intimacy between the old world and Newcastle - an intimacy reflected in complex family relations that strain across the international and the suburban.
The Last Thread won the Pacific Region section of the Commonwealth Book Prize and the UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing. Michael has previously been shortlisted for the Vogel Australian Literary Award.
Michael continues to write, and teaches at the University of Newcastle. In 2012 he won the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Sessional Teaching Excellence.