Canterbury uni graduate is awarded Media Scholarship

Thursday 3 February 2011, 5:18PM
By Julie Starr
418 views, the online marketplace for news stories and cartoons, is pleased to announce it has awarded the Media Scholarship to University of Canterbury graduate Natasha Turfrey.

Natasha, who has a post-grad Diploma in Journalism from the University of Canterbury and a BA in Film and Media from the University of Otago, is the first recipient of the award, which aims to strengthen links between the media and web development communities in New Zealand.

The scholarship allows Natasha to attend New Zealand’s best known web conference - Webstock –where she will have the opportunity to interview big names from overseas and fill her contact book with the good and great of New Zealand’s own web glitterati. founder and managing editor Julie Starr says the scholarship package – which includes a ticket to Webstock, interviews with speakers, and a ticket to the Onyas web awards and WordCamp – represents a great opportunity for a young journalist.

“We want to see more journalists in New Zealand get up to speed with what’s happening online and particularly in the online media space.

“It’s great to be able to help a young journalist at the beginning of her career get acquainted with people and ideas at the cutting edge of the web.”

Speakers at Webstock 2011 include co-founder of The Pirate Bay, Peter Sunde, performance artist Amanda Palmer, co-founder of Tumblr and founder of Instapaper Marco Arment, data journalist David McCandless, cartoonist Scott McCloud, Ruby on Rails luminary (and co-founder) Michael Koziarski and web designer Jason Santa Maria.

Speakers at WordCamp include Julie Starr, Kiwiblogger David Farrar, John Ford from Automattic, the company behind WordPress, and panellists Richard MacManus from ReadWriteWeb and Lance Wiggs.


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