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Natassia Chrysanthos wins Kennedys Young Journalist of the Year award

The Sydney Morning Herald‘s education reporter Natassia Chrysanthos was crowned Young Journalist of the Year at the 2021 Kennedy Awards on Thursday. The award is supported by the Judith Neilson Institute.

JNI’s Director of Education Andrea Ho presented the award and told editors at the gala event to keep a close eye on the talented young journalists who had been nominated.

The other finalists were Kamin Gock, for his work at Channel 9 News in Perth, and Adella Beaini from The Daily Telegraph.

Journalism students from UTS and Macleay College joined JNI staff at the event, giving them the opportunity to connect with the industry’s elite.

Foundation Chair Rocco Fazzari thanked JNI for its ongoing support of the media’s rising stars.

“The Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas first reached out to the Kennedy Foundation three years ago and our board has been deeply appreciative of JNI’s generous support ever since,” Mr Fazzari said.

“This valuable alliance allows the Kennedys to recognise and promote the efforts of those young journalists following so faithfully in the footsteps of the legends we celebrate every year at the Kennedy Awards gala.”

News Corp’s Maiden claims top honours

News Corp Australia’s senior journalist Samantha Maiden was the big winner on the night, claiming four major awards.

Maiden won the Journalist of the Year, Outstanding Investigative Journalism, Scoop of the Year, and Outstanding Political Reporting awards for her coverage for news.com.au on the alleged sexual assault of political staffer Brittany Higgins.

Full list of winners