Harrison Tippet of the Geelong Advertiser won the 2022 Regional and Rural Journalism Quill for “Institutional abuse: A city's scars laid bare”.
Harrison Tippet’s piece on institutional abuse is an admirable and brave example of investigative journalism executed in a sensitive yet impactful manner. A thoroughly-researched and very well-written feature about re-pursuing abuse survivors claims. It was an original idea for a story with ongoing relevance for the community the publication serves, as well as for the state and the nation. Tippet’s story was empathetic and resulted in positive outcomes. More than a dozen other survivors came forward to launch legal action as a direct result of his journalism. Tippet built a strong trust among those survivors to ensure they were comfortable sharing their stories.
The winning piece
Institutional abuse: A city’s scars laid bare, Geelong Advertiser, 17 April 2022
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