TVNZ's Head of Newsgathering Phil O'Sullivan, who presented the award, encouraged the two winners to keep telling stories.
About Ross Stevens, O'Sullivan said: "He could spot a story and tell it really well. He was also smart enough to realise you need to let talent do the talking. He was a really great guy, a good mentor and quite a generous character."
Jenner and Wakefield who are now second-year journalism students were both honoured to be named the most promising students of their first-year cohort, and to share the $4000 prize between them.
"It’s such a team effort when you’re working on a story, so it's really nice to have a collaborative newsroom. The competition is always going to be there, that's just the nature of the beast, but it’s such a team effort and this award could have gone to anyone in our class," Jenner said.
Wakefield acknowledged her first-year tutor, Sean Scanlon, and thanked her fellow students.
"Coming into Broadcasting School, it can be quite competitive. Last year we all tried our best and I think that motivates us to try even harder. Now that we are in second-year it’s developed into much more of a supportive environment and it's really nice to work with all of our classmates."