Friday, March 25, 2011

Radio New Zealand Prize awarded

A young graduate who topped the Asia-Pacific Journalism course at AUT University has won the inaugural Radio New Zealand International prize for regional reporting.

The RNZI prize is an all expenses paid internship for a week in the radio station’s Wellington newsroom.

Kim Bowden recently graduated as a journalist with AUT’s Postgraduate Diploma in Communication Studies to add to her political studies and geography degree.

Bowden, who filed frequent Asia-Pacific stories to PMC Online and Pacific Scoop over the past year also won the Kunda Dixit prize for international journalism – a book from the Nepali Times publisher’s photojournalism trilogy on the decade-long Maoist civil war in Nepal.

She won the APN National Publishing Award as the "outstanding graduate" among postgraduate student journalists.

Pacific Media Centre director Dr David Robie praised Bowden for her "commitment, dedication and maturity" for her portfolio of Asia-Pacific stories.

Bowden is also one of three recipients of the 2011 Pacific Media Centre international internships, sponsored by the Asia New Zealand Foundation. She will be attached to China in Beijing for three months.

(Source : via Radio New Zealand)

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