Entries for the 2015 Quill Awards for excellence in Victorian journalism, the premier media awards in the state, are now closed.
The Melbourne Press Club is pleased to announce an increase to $7500 in the value of the Gold Quill, the work judged the best of all the Quills, and a new Quill to help promote safety on Victorian roads.
The TAC Towards Zero Quill for Road Safety Reporting carries a $3000 prize. It will celebrate journalism in all media that contributes to the TAC’s Towards Zero vision: a future where no person is killed or seriously injured on Victorian roads.
TAC Chief executive Joe Calafiore said he was proud to partner the Melbourne Press Club in meeting an important challenge for all Victorians.
To watch a short video about the campaign and the new Quill click here.
In another change, the Quill Award for Best TV or Video Current Affairs/Feature has once more been separated into two awards – one for entries of less than 10 minutes, the other for entries longer than 10 minutes.
The Quill Awards are open to all journalists employed by Victorian media organisations or those who work primarily for Victorian media outlets.
Melbourne Press Club members are entitled to one free entry in the Quills. Non-members and members submitting additional entries pay a management fee of $95 per entry.
The deadline for all entries is Friday 5 February 2016. The finalists will be named in mid-March and winners announced at the annual Quill Awards Dinner at Crown Palladium on Friday 18 March. Bookings for the dinner will open in early February.
At the 2014 Quill Award night on Friday 20 March 2015 a total of 29 Quills were awarded to recognise the best journalism of 2014 in print, television, radio and online.
The best category winner of the Quills is selected as the Gold Quill winner, with a $5,000 cash prize provided by Monash University, the Press Club’s principal sponsor.
The 2014 Monash Gold Quill winner was Adele Ferguson for her expose of the multi-million dollar financial advice scandal at the Commonwealth Bank.
Judging panels for the Quills are assembled by the Melbourne Press Club, drawing on present and former journalists and editors and other relevant professionals.
The 2015 Quill Awards categories are:
- Monash University/Virgin Australia Gold Quill
- Young Journalist of the Year
- Best TV Or Video Current Affairs/Feature under 10 minutes
- Best TV Or Video Current Affairs/Feature over 10 minutes
- Best Radio Current Affairs Report
- Best News Report In Writing
- Best Feature In Writing
- Best Breaking News Coverage
- Best Radio News Report
- RACV Transport Quill
- Keith Dunstan Quill for Best Columnist/Blogger
- Best News Photograph
- Best Features Photograph
- Best Sports Photograph
- Best Coverage Of An Issue Or Event
- Best Camera Work
- Best Three Headlines in any Medium
- Best Cartoon
- Grant Hattam Quill for Investigative Journalism
- Best Illustration or Graphics in any Medium
- Best Regional or Rural Affairs Report in any Medium
- Best Use of Digital Or Social Media
- Best Sports News Story in any Medium
- Best Sports Feature in any Medium
- Best TV Or Video News Report
- Best Suburban Report In Writing
- Best Business Story In Any Medium
- The Victorian Government Quill for reporting on disability issues
- The TAC Towards Zero Quill for Road Safety Reporting