Young Journalist of the Year Awards
Student Journalist of the Year
Saimi Jeong (@Saimi_J) is a journalism student at the University of Technology, Sydney. Saimi began in the industry with newspaper Burwood Scene last year, which saw her report from the NSW budget lockup and cover policy announcements in the inner west. Her main interest was in human stories, such as the closure of Sydney’s last multipurpose hostel accommodating Aboriginal people, and the impact of road projects on local communities. As a freelancer, Saimi has been commissioned by Guardian Australia and student publication Hijacked. This year, she interned with ABC’s Lateline and now works as a producer at The Sydney Morning Herald.
“Saimi Jeong’s investigation into the fundraising industry began with her own experience, and ended with two balanced, researched pieces highlighting an oft-obscured flow of money from charities to commercial companies. Her third submission demonstrated a breadth of scope, and stylistic flexibility: a colourful, engaging look at female bodybuilding in Australia, which wove together well-drawn scenes and the voices of participants to reveal insight into the practice’s social and cultural implications.”