Passionate journalist awarded WIN's new scholarship

"Passionate" journalist awarded WIN's new scholarship

Amanda Powell

7 October: Final year journalism student Lisa Mosley has been awarded the inaugural Peter Leonard scholarship.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Parker, Lisa Mosley, Chief Minister Jon Stanhope & Gwen Leonard

Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Parker, Lisa Mosley, Chief Minister Jon Stanhope & Gwen Leonard at the Peter Leonard scholarship announcement

The scholarship is a partnership between WIN Television, the ACT Government and the University of Canberra, in memory of the late Peter Leonard.

Mr Leonard devoted his working life to broadcast journalism in the ACT. His career spanned 45 years and included 10 years as a presenter on 2CA radio and 20 years at the ABC.

He then moved to WIN, where he presented the local news for 16 years, retiring in July 2007. He passed away in September last year after a battle with mesothelioma, aged 66.

Ms Mosley said she was delighted to receive the scholarship which includes a six-week internship at WIN TV.

 “The scholarship and my internship with WIN has given me the opportunity to gain the hands-on experience that you can’t learn in a classroom. I hope I can take the skills I have learnt from the staff at WIN forward for the rest of my career,” said Ms Mosley.

Ms Mosley says she has wanted to be a journalist for as long as she can remember as she enjoys meeting new people and hearing their stories.

 “I would love to pursue a career in journalism, to be involved in any way that I can. I'm very passionate about news.”

Ms Mosley also receives $5,000 towards the cost of her studies.

The Chief Minister congratulated Ms Mosley on winning the scholarship. He also presented three finalists, Andrew Day, Kevin Room and Rahima Saikal with certificates and congratulated them on their efforts.

Mr Day, Mr Room and Ms Saikal will receive an equal share of the remaining $1,000.

Kevin Room, Andrew Day & Rahima Saikal

Kevin Room, Andrew Day & Rahima Saikal receive certificates after being shortlisted for the Peter Leonard scholarship

The event was attended by Mr Leonard’s family and was hosted by WIN News presenter Jessica Good.

Mr Leonard’s widow, Gwen Leonard said the scholarship was a wonderful way to remember her husband.

“Ms Mosley is a very worthy recipient and I wish her the very best in her chosen career,” she said.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Parker said he was looking forward to seeing Ms Mosley on WIN News.