Melbourne Press Club reveals the finalists for the 28th annual Quill Awards

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The winners will be announced at the 28th Quill Awards Dinner on Friday, 24 March 2023

The Melbourne Press Club has revealed the finalists for the 28th annual Quill Awards for Excellence in Victorian Journalism.

The awards recognise work published in the 2022 calendar year across a range of categories such as Best Breaking News or Live Coverage, Best Coverage of an Issue and News Report in Writing, as well as the Melbourne Press Club’s annual Lifetime Achievement award.

The winners will be announced at the 28th Quill Awards Dinner on Friday, 24 March 2023.

Matthew Davidson, The Age, “Jack’s Story
Richard Giliberto, The Age, “Stormy Weather”

Best Breaking News or Live Coverage
7NEWS Melbourne, “Victoria’s Flood Emergency”
The Age online team, The Age, “Djokovic deportation saga
Nine News Melbourne, “Maribyrnong Flood Special Coverage”
Sarah Jane Bell, Ethan St Ellen and Roland Pagels, Sunrise, 7NEWS, “Maribyrnong Flood”

Best Coverage of an Issue
Anthony Dowsley, Herald Sun, “The Verdict
Adele Ferguson and Chris Gillett, The Age and 7.30, “Medicare Exposed
Anthony Galloway, Michelle Griffin and Kate Geraghty, The Age, “The invasion of Ukraine

Matthew Davidson, The Age, “Whiplash economics succession”
Andrew Dyson, The Age, “Off-Leash Area”
Matt Golding, The Age, “Indigenous voice to Parliament”

Business News/Feature, sponsored by McGrathNicol
Eryk Bagshaw and Edward Adeti, The Age, “Blood Gold
Jarni Blakkarly, CHOICE, “Facial Recognition in Retail Investigation
Adele Ferguson and Chris Gillett, The Age and 7.30, “Medicare: A Basket Case
Peter Ker, Australian Financial Review, “Newcrest Culture Wars”

Coverage of Women in Sport, sponsored by the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation
Jeremy Story Carter, ABC National Regional Reporting Team, “Is this Australia’s coolest footy team?
Sam Landsberger, Herald Sun, “Female umpire abuse shame”
Mark Robinson, Herald Sun, “To Hell and Back”
Lauren Wood, Herald Sun, “Enough is enough: AFLW conditions laid bare”

Excellence in Indigenous Affairs Reporting, sponsored by the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations
Bridget Brennan, Brooke Fryer, Suzanne Dredge and Stephanie Zillman, Four Corners, ABC News, “How Many More?
Loretta Florance, Amy Bainbridge and Kirstie Wellauer, 7.30, “Inside Youpla’s collapse
Jack Latimore, The Age, “Mallee Indigenous group pleads to stop car rally on cultural heritage site
Louise Milligan, Naomi Selvaratnam and Lauren Day, Four Corners, “Heart Failure

Excellence in Science, Medical and Health Reporting, sponsored by University of Melbourne
Melissa Davey, Guardian Australia, “Generation Vape
Tania Ewing, Cosmos Magazine, “The Clinical Trial That Learnt On The Go”
Amalyah Hart, Cosmos Magazine, “Model or monster?”
Pallavi Singhal, Nick O’Malley, Daniel Carter and Mark Stehle, The Age, “Silent Killer

Feature Writing
Adam Carey, The Age, “Walking in two worlds: the Territory kids discovering a new school
Miki Perkins, Good Weekend magazine, “The Torres Strait Islander elders lawyering up to stop their homes from sinking
Erin Somerville, ABC News, “Raising Giants
Cameron Stewart, Weekend Australian magazine, “Bad Betty

Features Photograph
Alex Coppel, Herald Sun, “Underwater Babies”
Christopher Hopkins, Guardian Australia, “Heaven is the Place where there is no Harm”
Eddie Jim, The Age, “Graduation”
Justin McManus, The Age, “Johnny and his Dogs: Fighting Fracking”

Grant Hattam Quill for Investigative Journalism, sponsored by HWT
Stephanie Convery, Emma Kemp and Melissa Davey, Guardian Australia, “The gaping hole in sport’s concussion policies
Nick McKenzie, Amelia Ballinger and Joel Tozer, 60 Minutes, “Trafficked
Kate McClymont and Thea Dikeos, 60 Minutes and The Age, “The Price of Hope
Josie Taylor and Matilda Marozzi, ABC News, “Victoria Police officers weaponising database to target women”

Innovation in Journalism, sponsored by Ryman Healthcare
Matilda Boseley and Dave Fanner, Guardian Australia, “Voting 101
Jewel Topsfield, Matt Davidson, Sophie Aubrey and Margaret Gordon, The Age, “Jack’s story
Victoria’s Agenda Team, The Age, “Victoria’s Agenda
The Visual Stories Team, The Age, “Anatomy of the Lismore disaster

Keith Dunstan Quill for Commentary
Jonathan Horn, Guardian Australia, “Commentary on Sporting Controversies
Sean Kelly, The Age, “Endings and beginnings”
Peter Martin, The Conversation Australia, “Why unemployment is set to stay below 5% for years to come

Multicultural Affairs and Media, in partnership with Gandel Foundation
Achol Arok and Daniel Ziffer, ABC News, “So-called ‘African gangs’ dominated headlines at the last Victorian election and trust issues remain
Noor M Ramazan and Christopher Hopkins, Guardian Australia, “‘Now my Children Can Grow up in Peace’
Andriana Simos, The Greek Herald, “The Hellenic heart of Melbourne
Iris Zhao, Dong Xing, Jason Fang and Jarrod Fankhauser, ABC News, “‘It’s a struggle for voters’: Unpacking the China factor

News Photograph
Jason Edwards, Herald Sun, “The Bulldozer”
Darren Howe, Bendigo Advertiser, “Angels On My Shoulders”
Justin McManus, The Age, “Rochester Floods”
Darrian Traynor, Getty Images, “A dark day”

News Report in Writing
Aisha Dow and Nick McKenzie, The Age, “Triple-0 scandal: wasted time, wasted lives
Paul Sakkal, The Age, “Operation Daintree: Daniel Andrews under direct investigation in new IBAC probe
Chris Vedelago and James Dowling, The Age, “Coles, Woolworths recycling scheme collapses after secret stockpiles revealed

Richard Baker, Kate Cole-Adams, Julia Carr-Catzel and, Kyle Hopkins, The Age, “The Confession
John Silvester, Tammy Mills, Margaret Gordon and Hanna Mills Turbet, The Age, “Naked City”
Harrison Tippet, Geelong Advertiser, “Death interrupted
Jewel Topsfield, Sophie Aubrey and Margaret Gordon, The Age, “Enough”

Radio Current Affairs
Amy Bainbridge, Loretta Florance and Kirstie Wellauer, ABC AM, “Sorry Business
Matilda Marozzi and the Background Briefing team, ABC Radio National, “Is getting quality care at medicinal cannabis clinics just pot luck?

Radio News
There is no shortlist for the Radio News category.

Regional and Rural Journalism, sponsored by TAC
Bonnie Barkmeyer, WIN News Victoria, “Central Victorian Flood Emergency”
Hayley Elg and Timothy Cox, The Ballarat News, “Ballarat Clarendon College allegations”
Fiona Myers, The Weekly Times, “FMD Time Bomb”
Harrison Tippet, Geelong Advertiser, “Institutional abuse: A city’s scars laid bare

Reporting on Disability Issues, sponsored by the Victorian Government
Stephanie Convery, Guardian Australia, “Left behind: the fight for accessible public transport in Victoria
Claudia Forsberg, ABC Victoria and ABC Ballarat, “Accessible Taxis Reportage
Ruby Jones, Georgia Cranko, Elle Marsh and Erik Jensen, 7am, “The killing of Ann Marie Smith
Jewel Topsfield, The Age, “The autism advantage – why businesses are hiring autistic people

Scoop of the Year
Mark Buttler, Anthony Dowsley and Aneeka Simonis, Herald Sun, “Jailhouse Mastermind Sting”
Annika Smethurst and Paul Sakkal, The Age, “Victorian Liberals’ donor scandal”

Sports Feature
Jonathan Horn, Guardian Australia, “The Life, Career & Death of Shane Warne
Konrad Marshall, Good Weekend magazine, “Being Ben Simmons”
Jon Ralph, Herald Sun, “I ended up in an injecting room”
Ben Schneiders, Carla Jaeger and Lachlan Abbott, The Age, “‘A cultural mess’: Behind the A-League pitch invasion

Sports News
Sam Landsberger, Herald Sun, “Dons’ holy fail”
Mark Robinson, Herald Sun, “Like the Russian Mafia”
Michael Warner, Herald Sun, “Demons’ Secret Hell”

Sports Photograph
Eddie Jim, The Age, “The G.O.A.T”
Jake Nowakowski, Herald Sun, “Kambosos Jr vs. Haney”
Darrian Traynor, Getty Images, “El Toro”
Michael Willson,, “Buddy Beauty”

TV Camera Work (Creative)
Peter Drought, ABC News Victoria, “Fight for The Outer Suburbs in Victoria’s Election
Ryan Mason, Nine News, “Snow Police”
Travis Nemtsas, Nine News, “Beach Artist”
Lachlan Shine, 7NEWS Melbourne, “Crime Fighters Exclusive

TV Camera Work (Shot of the Year)
Malcom Corp, Nine News Melbourne, “Wild Rampage”
Grant Stevenson, 7NEWS Melbourne, “Chase Terror”
Simon Tucci, ABC News Breakfast, “Journalist celebrates when Socceroos qualify for World Cup”
Dean Wood, 10 News First, “Drive-by ambush”

TV/Video Feature
Christine Ahern and Thea Dikeos, 60 Minutes, “Dying For Help
Alexis Daish, A Current Affair, “Frecker Police Tapes”
Richard Willingham, Kirsten Robb and Sarah Curnow, 7.30, “Victims of sexual violence forced to wait in bloodied and soiled clothes due to crisis in Forensic Care

TV/Video News
Christine Ahern, Today Show, “Aged Care Captives”
Carrie-Anne Greenbank, Nine News, “Ukraine War”
Bridget Rollason, ABC News, “Victoria’s health crisis
Cassie Zervos, 7NEWS, “Fawkner Shooting Victims

Early career awards
MPC Student Journalist of the Year
Grace Baldwin, Monash University
Angus Delaney, Swinburne University of Technology
Caroline Hartnett, University of Melbourne
Thomas Monaghan, RMIT

Young Journalist of the Year, sponsored by Wilnic Family Trust
Grace Baldwin, Herald Sun
Sarah Booth, Herald Sun
Claudia Forsberg, ABC News and ABC Ballarat
Gillian Lantouris, Nine News

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