Student claims journalism award
A STORY exploring the alarming rates of young Australians taking antidepressant medication could kick-start the journalism career of one ECU student.
Lindsay Brennan won the Charmaine Dragun Memorial Award at the recent 2018 WA Youth Awards.
This award recognises an outstanding journalist, photographer, blogger or media contributor under the age of 25 who has committed to fair and balanced reporting on young people or youth issues.
Brennan’s win is even more of an achievement because she is still honing her craft at university – studying ECU’s Graduate Diploma of Broadcasting – but managed to beat two working journalists for the award.
Her nomination was for a current affairs radio package focusing on the increasing number of young people on antidepressants.
“It all started because I was talking with friends and it shocked me to learn how many of them were taking antidepressants, so I decided to look into it further,” the Connolly resident said.
“Last year the World Health Organisation found Australia has the second-highest anti-depressant usage in the world.”
Brennan said she faced fierce competition from nominees Francesca Mann and Claire Dearle.
“I hope it will be a great boost for my career,” she said.