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SenateSHJ recognises excellence with prize

SenateSHJ recognises excellence with prize

A Victoria University student – Sophie Speakman, who is studying both human genetics and communications – has been awarded the SenateSHJ Prize and internship for 2014.

The SenateSHJ Prize, now in its sixth year, awards the best projects undertaken by communications and public relations students at Unitec, Victoria University, AUT and Massey University.

The top students from each institution have the opportunity to win $500 and a chance to compete for a paid internship at SenateSHJ.

Sophie won the SenateSHJ Prize for Victoria University students with her analysis of Contiki’s ‘This Way to Amazing’ campaign. Sophie was additionally selected out of the three national winners for a one week paid internship with SenateSHJ’s Auckland office.

Massey University’s Morgan Fitzgerald and Unitec’s Zoe Gardner also won the SenateSHJ Prize on behalf of their universities. Their assignments on depression awareness and reputation management respectively were judged the best of four top papers submitted by each university.

Neil Green, chief executive of SenateSHJ, said the prize and internship recognise excellence in communications, and encourage deep analysis, evaluation and thought within the discipline.

“It is an excellent way for us to connect with some extremely bright and promising students, who demonstrate smart thinking.

“We believe they have the potential to make a mark in the profession in years to come.

“We hope that the recognition that comes with winning the SenateSHJ Prize will give them a head-start in their careers once they graduate.”

Sophie will be joining SenateSHJ for a week in February 2015.


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