Journalism student honoured for his work December 21, 2011 A Murdoch University Journalism student has taken out a major prize for his work. Alex Soares received the Most Outstanding Journalism Student prize at the 2011 WA Media Awards for a series of profile feature articles and a photoessay documenting the struggles of East Timorese freedom fighters. Mr Soares spent two months in East Timor (Timor Leste) photographing and interviewing former guerrilla fighters who helped the tiny island nation gain independence from Indonesia in 1999. Judges singled Mr Soares’ work out, saying it “showed great initiative and sensitivity in handling complex issues”. “Alex Soares clearly has strong family and cultural links with East Timor but he still demonstrated great perseverance in researching and interviewing his subject, an East Timorese freedom fighter who was telling his story for the first time,” they said. For Mr Soares, the honour came as a great shock. “I would like to dedicate this award to the veterans who so kindly invited me into their homes, into their lives, and in some cases, into their family,” he said. “I would also like to thank the ordinary people of Timor, who much like the freedom fighters, sacrificed and suffered unimaginably for Timor's independence.” Mr Soares said he found travelling to East Timor and immersing himself in the history of the island inspiring. “The prospect of learning about different cultures, different ways of viewing the world, and discovering new places, tastes and smells along the way however, is what I live for,” he said. Mr Soares is already back in East Timor, partly to continue working with the same veterans he interviewed last year, but also to investigate a number of other issues. “In time, perhaps once I speak the lingua franca fluently, I would love to write a comprehensive book chronicling the remarkable lives of some of Timor Leste's war heroes,” he said. Print This Post Media contact: Jo Manning Tel: (08) 9360 2474 | Mobile: 0408 201 309 | Email: email@example.com Categories: General, Teaching and Learning, Future Students, Murdoch achievements, International, School of Media Communication and Culture Tags: alex soares, east timor, timor leste, wa media awards Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!