Industry recognition for UC journalism lecturer

31 May 2011

Associate Professor Jim Tully has been recognised for his work in the field of journalism at the 2011 Canon Media Awards in Auckland.

Associate Professor Jim Tully has been recognised for his work in the field of journalism at the 2011 Canon Media Awards in Auckland.

Professor Tully (Social and Political Sciences) was presented with the Print Industry Award for Outstanding Achievement at the event, which was held at Sky City on 27 May.

The awards were formerly known as the Qantas Media Awards. The award recognises Professor Tully's work as a journalist, journalism educator and media commentator.

It was presented by the chief executive of the Newspaper Publishers' Association, Tim Pankhurst.

Professor Tully has been Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Canterbury since 2009. He joined academia in 1987 after 18 years in daily newspapers during which he was the inaugural New Zealand Journalist of the Year and held such positions as editorial manager and assistant editor of the Auckland Star and editor of the 8 O'Clock weekend newspaper.

He has acted as a UNESCO consultant in Western Samoa and the Cook Islands, and has held numerous workshops on science communication for the Royal Society of New Zealand. He edited Challenging the Future: Connecting the Words in Risk Communication, and edited and wrote most of Intro: a beginner's guide to professional news journalism, the prescribed text for journalism schools in New Zealand.

The 2011 Graduate Diploma in Journalism class is Professor Tully's 25th and last. He will continue as head of the School of Social and Political Sciences in 2012 and teach into the Media and Communication programme.

Other award recipients with UC connections were journalism graduate Charles Anderson (2008), who was named Junior Reporter of the Year and was highly recommended in the Junior Newspaper Feature Writer category, and alumna Rebecca Todd (2006) who won the human relations reporting award.

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