The Quill Awards for Journalistic Excellence

The Quill Awards for Journalistic Excellence

The Quill Awards for Excellence in Victorian Journalism are the premier media awards in Victoria. Established by the Melbourne Press Club in 1995 with 10 awards, the Quills now celebrate the best work in 28 categories across all media. The best category winner is selected as the Gold Quill winner, receiving a $7,500 prize supported by principal sponsors Virgin Australia and Monash University. The Gold Quill winners include a roll call of some of the biggest names in Australian journalism, including The Age’s Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker who have won it three times. Andrew Rule, Adele Ferguson, Julie-Anne Davies and Terry McCann have each won it twice. Entrants to the Quills must be employed by a media organisation that is based in Victoria or conducts substantial publishing or broadcasting activities in Victoria. They must work primarily in Victoria or have been sent from Victoria on an interstate or overseas assignment for a Victorian media organisation.

The Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year Award

The Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year Award

For more than 40 years, the Perkin Award has been the most coveted prize in Australian journalism, recognising the most outstanding individual working in all media. The award honours the memory of celebrated Age editor Graham Perkin and includes a $20,000 cash prize. It is sponsored by The Age and Virgin Australia. This award is proudly sponsored by:  

The Harry Gordon Australian Sports Journalist of the Year Award

The Harry Gordon Australian Sports Journalist of the Year Award

The Gordon Award recognises excellence in sports journalism across all codes and all regions of Australia. The award honours the memory of Harry Gordon, one of the greatest war correspondents, sports writers and newspaper editors of his generation. The winner receives a $7500 prize provided by the Melbourne Press Club with the support of Virgin Australia.

The Melbourne Press Club Lifetime Achievement Award

The Melbourne Press Club Lifetime Achievement Award

Each year, the Melbourne Press Club honours a journalist or journalists whose career has left an extraordinary mark on Victorian and Australian journalism. The honour, presented at the annual Quill Awards dinner each March, is bestowed at the discretion of the MPC board.

The Michael Gordon Journalism Fellowships

The Michael Gordon Journalism Fellowships

The Michael Gordon Fellowships is a national program to enable social justice journalism. The program honours Michael Gordon, the respected former Age political editor who died suddenly in February 2018. Annual grants totalling as much as $30,000 will be made to fund reporting projects in areas such as Indigenous affairs, migration policy, human rights and international development. Applications for the inaugural grants round are now open and will close on Friday 9 November 2018. The Michael Gordon Fellowships are proudly supported by: We also acknowledge the support of Grant Rule and Sophie Oh and the Ray & Margaret Wilson Foundation.

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