Notre Dame graduate shortlisted for Nation’s top media award

31 May 2019

Notre Dame alumni Carla Hildebrandt’s insightful, hard-hitting news stories have caught the attention of judges in Australia’s top media awards.

A graduate of Notre Dame’s School of Arts & Sciences and journalist at the Mandurah Mail, Carlahas been short-listed for the 2019 Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year Award, the only regional journalist and the only West Australian in the final line-up.

Carla joins the ranks of fellow Notre Dame graduate, Thomas de Souza, who was nominated for a Walkley Award in 2018 and whose writing has featured extensively in leading Australian and international outlets including The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The West Australian, and BBC.

Carla is shortlisted for the Our Watch Award, which recognises excellence in journalism that contributes to a deeper understanding of violence against women, its drivers and prevention.

After completing a Bachelor of Arts at Notre Dame with a double major in Communications and Public Relations, Carla worked for a number of media outlets before joining the Mail in early 2018 where she has been a passionate advocate for victims of domestic violence.

She was the driving force behind a six month campaign by the Mail which highlighted the extent of the issue in the Peel region. Her work included interviews with survivors of domestic violence and police and pressuring politicians, resulting in the West Australian state government announcing the opening of a second refuge facility in the Peel region, a facility she called for constantly in the Mail campaign.

This is not the first time Carla has been recognised for her work. In 2018 she was a finalist for both the Kennedy Awards for Excellence in Journalism and the WA Media Awards, and earlier this year she was short-listed for the WA Consumer Protection Awards.

Effecting change is important to Carla, and she is delighted that her work can “tackle issues in order to spark conversation and encourage the authorities to act”.

Carla attributes the development of her investigative writing skills to her lecturers at Notre Dame

“The knowledge, guidance and mentoring of the lecturers at Notre Dame provided a solid foundation for my career. They helped me to develop the skills to create positive change in the community through journalism”.

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