Journalism student nabs Nalcor award

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College of the North Atlantic (CNA) journalism student Flavio Sachett Nienow was presented with the Nalcor Award Wednesday as part of an Atlantic Journalism Awards reception at Government House in St. John’s.

A news release notes that each year Nalcor awards $500 to a student as part of the Atlantic Journalism Awards. The prize rewards initiative, maturity, creativity and professionalism in either course work or independent writing.

Nienow, an international student from Brazil, was nominated for the award by his journalism instructors at CNA. He is currently on a work-term placement at The Telegram in St. John’s.

“Flavio has demonstrated exceptional commitment to continually improving his reporting and writing,” the instructors cited in the application.

“He has been a role model for the other students in his dependability, strong work ethic and cordial approach to teamwork. He lifts the morale of the entire class with his positive attitude. At the same time, Flavio takes both the craft and calling of journalism seriously.”

Nienow didn’t know he had been nominated until learning Wednesday he was the award recipient.

“I just feel so grateful that my hard work and passion was recognized, and that Canada has so many awards to encourage people to do their best,” he said.

“I’ve always wanted to be a journalist. When I was a kid I had a weekly newspaper in my house. I used to interview my uncles and cousins and write stories about our family.

“I tried studying journalism in Brazil, but I thought it was too theoretical and I wasn´t getting any skills, and it would have taken four years to finish that degree, so I took a degree in international business instead.

After receiving his journalism diploma, Nienow said he hopes to find work within Newfoundland and Labrador in print media.

“I’m incredibly grateful for all the support I got from the college staff, students and the community in Stephenville as an international student,” he said. “It really helped me and I’ll have the best memories of my life from there.”

Organizations: CNA, Government House, The Telegram

Geographic location: Brazil, North Atlantic, Canada Newfoundland and Labrador Stephenville

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  • Just sayin
    May 02, 2013 - 14:49

    Good journalism, promoted by Nalcor!. Now lets see some investigative journalism .... about Nalcor and Muskrat Falls, and the use of tunnel vision.