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Journalism student wins prestigious 2011 Herb Thomas Memorial Trust Award

2011 Herb Thomas Memorial Trust Award winner

An international student from Mumbai, Anirudh Asher, is the 2011 winner of the Herb Thomas award to assist students pursuing a career in writing and media.

The Herb Thomas Memorial Trust is an annual award specifically for a Berwick campus journalism student and three other students from RMIT and Chisholm Institute.  Anirudh received a cheque for $1500 at a presentation dinner on 17 May. He told the audience he was honoured and would use the money to help develop a news website his university colleagues had set up.

“My family will have told everyone in Mumbai,” he said.

This is the 27th year of the award, which is managed by four Rotary clubs and two municipal councils, Casey and Cardinia to perpetuate the memory of the newspaper pioneer Herbert Thomas.  At the presentation, the grandson of Herbert Thomas, managing director of Star News Group Paul Thomas, congratulated Anirudh and encouraged him and the other awardees to uphold the proud tradition of print media.

The faculty office at the Berwick campus nominates two academically top-performing students every year to the trust, who then make a submission in writing and attend an interview with industry and Rotary representatives on the trust. The panel then chooses the winner.

The other 2011 nominee was Giulia Mormile. The journalism section and the school congratulate both students on their high academic performance and nomination.

School of Applied Media & Social Sciences Manager Pam Williams, Student Services Officer Jo Gray, and Journalism Lecturer Elizabeth Hart represented the Berwick campus at the dinner.