MELBOURNE, July 3 (Xinhua) -- A 24-year-old reporter, Ashley Argoon, from the state of Victoria was awarded this year's Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year in Sydney on Wednesday.
The Border Mail, which focused on youth suicide in the Albury- Wodonga region, made her win the top award and named best text- based journalist.
Albury-Wodonga is the broad settlement incorporating the twin Australian cities of Albury and Wodonga, which are separated geographically by the Murray River and politically by a state border. Albury which locates on the north of the river is part of New South Wales while Wodonga which is on the south bank belongs to Victoria.
The text-based journalism category recognizes journalism primarily in written or text formats, published in print or digital media. It examines writing and reporting excellence, accuracy, storytelling, originality and high standards of ethics and research.
"It is an impressive achievement for someone at an early stage of their career and showcases the importance of journalism that is connected to and responsive to the needs of its local community," said the judges.
According to judges, the outstanding depth of her work and contribution to changing the status quo are recognized as main reasons for her success.
Other two young journalists from Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC) also won awards in the radio and television categories.
Rural journalist Caitlyn Gribbin won radio journalism category for her stories on the Bundaberg and the drug culture in the mining industry. And news reporter Alexandra Fisher's feature story on the sex trafficking industry in Mexico won the television journalism category.
The winner will receive a return economy flight either to London to visit the BBC headquarters or to New York or Atlanta to visit a CNN newsroom. The prize is valued at 5,000 Australian dollars.
The Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year Awards which is under the Walkley awards series aims to recognize and reward emerging young Australian journalists aged 26 and under.
It is generally divided as five categories including text-based journalism, radio/audio journalism, television/video journalism, innovation in journalism and camerawork. Besides, it will produce Student Journalist of the Year and Young Australian Journalist of the Year on the basis of those categories.
The Walkley awards series were started with five categories by Sir William Gaston Walkley to encourage emerging talent in the Australian media in 1956. Since then, winning stories have chronicled Australia's history, people and events. The number of categories reached 30, and the two-tier judging system was introduced, modeled on the Pulitzers'judging system.