Stu­dent claims jour­nal­ism award

Joondalup Weekender - - News -

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.

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