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Awards

2019 Quill Awards Finalists

The following is a list of finalists for the 2019 Quill Awards for Excellence in Victorian Journalism. The Student Journalist of the Year and Young Journalist of the Year finalist lists are also presented.

Finalists are listed alphabetically by surname.

Please note that links to stories may not comprise the full entry submitted for consideration.

The winners will be announced at the 2019 Quills Awards Dinner on Friday 6 March 2020. Tickets can be booked here.


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ARTWORK

Richard Giliberto, The Saturday Age, The Perfect Storm

Mark Knight, Herald Sun, 2019 The Year That Was

Sam Mularczyk, Network Ten The Project, Assisted Dying Law

Jim Pavlidis, The Sunday Age, Tigertown

 

BREAKING NEWS COVERAGE

Mike Amor, Sharnelle Vella & Nick McCallum, 7NEWS Melbourne, George Pell Guilty

Brett McLeod & Eliza Rugg, Nine Network, George Pell Conviction

Nine News Melbourne Team, Nine News, Arrest of Jonathan Dick 

Emma O’Sullivan, Network Ten, Pell Suppression Lifted

 

BUSINESS FEATURE

Amy Bainbridge, Loretta Florance & Lucy Kent, ABC 7.30, Bankruptcy Hunters

Sarah Danckert, The Age, Treasury Wines Under Fire

Sarah Danckert, The Age, Lendlease Battles Engineering Woes

Konrad Marshall, Good Weekend Magazine, Tough Call

 

BUSINESS NEWS

Sarah Danckert, The Age, The CSL Data Heist

Adele Ferguson, The Age, Secret Interviews Reveal Risky Business For NAB’s Top Executives

Nick McKenzie, Grace Tobin & Nick Toscano, The Age/Sixty Minutes, Crown Unmasked

 

CARTOON

Matt Golding, The Age, Tip Of The Iceberg

Mark Knight, Herald Sun, Separated at Birth

Jim Pavlidis, The Age, Who Are You Wearing

 

COVERAGE OF AN ISSUE OR EVENT

Ed Giles, Hamish MacDonald, Anthony Hawwa & Krystal Keller, Network Ten The Project, Hong Kong in Crisis 

Clay Lucas & Benjamin Preiss, The Age, Wasted: Victoria’s Recycling Crisis

Chris Vedelago, Sumeyya Ilanbey & Cameron Houston, The Age, Toxic Cowboys

Cassie Zervos, 7NEWS, Victorian Bushfires

 

FEATURES PHOTOGRAPH

Alex Coppel, Herald Sun, Living With Drought

Justin McManus, The Age, Landon and Joey

Jason South, The Age, Christchurch Mosque Massacre

 

FEATURE WRITING

Tom Cowie, The Age, Two Guys And The Yiayia Next Door

James Oaten, Danny Morgan & Jane Cowan, ABC, Catching A Catfish

Sue Smethurst, The Weekend Australian magazine, Natalie Trayling- The Homeless Virtuoso

Cameron Stewart, The Weekend Australian magazine, Joe Hockey’s Game

 

THE GRANT HATTAM QUILL FOR INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM

Andy Burns & Geoff Thompson, ABC 7.30, Standing Tall

Lisa Cox & Anne Davies, Guardian Australia, Angus Taylor and Josh Frydenberg investigation

Sashka Koloff & Nick McKenzie, ABC Four Corners, Interference

Nick McKenzie & Chris Masters, The Age/60 Minutes, War Crimes and Special Forces

 

INNOVATION IN JOURNALISM

Margaret Burin, Nathan Hoad, Ben Spraggon & Matthew Liddy, ABC, The Amazon Race

The Age Invisible Crime Team, The Age, The Invisible Crime

James Oaten, Danny Morgan & Jane Cowan, ABC, Catching a Catfish

Nathanael Scott, Inga Ting & Alexander Palmer, ABC, Rich School, Poor School: Australia’s Great Education Divide

 

THE KEITH DUNSTAN QUILL FOR COMMENTARY

Waleed Aly, Network Ten & The Age, 'Not my best words'

Greg Baum, The Age, It’s Not Cricket

Warwick McFadyen, The Age, Father and Son

 

NEWS PHOTOGRAPH

David Caird, Herald Sun, Pell Runs The Gauntlet

Alex Coppel, Herald Sun, Bunyip Fires

Alex Coppel, Herald Sun, The Judgement of Pell

Jason South, The Age, Pell

 

NEWS REPORT IN WRITING

Samantha Dick, The New Daily, Inside Crown Partner’s High-Rollers’ Shooting Range

Stephen Drill, Herald Sun, Get me out - Dr Kylie Moore's Desperate Plea in Smuggled Jail Letters

David Estcourt & Clay Lucas, The Age, 'How stupid could you be?' Andrews government rezones West Gate tunnel land, doubles own bill

Ben Schneiders & Nick McKenzie, The Age, John Setka, domestic violence and the ALP

 

PODCASTING

Richard Baker, Rachael Dexter, Kate Cole-Adams & Siobhan McHugh, The Age, The Last Voyage of the Pong Su

Andy Burns, Meghna Bali, Ben Deacon & Kathleen Ferguson, ABC, Prepare to Burn

Eric George, Greg Bearup & Nicholas Adams-Dzierzba, The Australian, Who the Hell is Hamish?

Matthew Johnston, James Campbell & Jonty Burton, Herald Sun, Face Off

 

THE RACV TRANSPORT QUILL

Sarah Danckert & Timna Jacks, The Age, Melbourne Metro’s $2 Billion Blow-Out

Matthew Johnston, James Campbell, Tom Minear & Kieran Rooney, Herald Sun, West Gate Tunnel Toxic Soil

Ben Knight, Elias Clure, Yara Murray-Atfield & Andie Noonan, ABC, Tarneit Transport

Lana Murphy, Nine News, Danger Sign

 

RADIO JOURNALISM (LONG FORM)

Rachel Carbonell, ABC, What Happened to Haberdashery Shops?

Rafael Epstein, Tess Armstrong, Kristian Silva & Erin Marsicovetere, ABC Radio Melbourne, St Kevin’s Sexist Chant (Entry Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)

Neil Mitchell, 3AW, Barwon Stuff Up

Virginia Trioli, Katrina Palmer, Matilda Marozzi & Ross Richardson, ABC Radio Melbourne, Gable Tostee Vs The Mad F-ing Witches

 

RADIO JOURNALISM (SHORT FORM)

Amy Bainbridge, ABC Radio AM, Telstra Investigated Over Selling ‘Unaffordable Contracts’ To Vulnerable Australians

Alexis Daish, 3AW, Jonathan Dick Arrested

Jordan Tunbridge, 3AW, Wimbledon

 

REGIONAL AND RURAL JOURNALISM

Charmayne Allison, Riverine Herald, Our Forgotten Families

Charmayne Allison & Cath Grey, Riverine Herald, Breaking The Silence

Sophie Boyd, The Border Mail, Ordinary Life Truly The Greatest Gift

Caleb Cluff, The Courier, Ballarat, The Boys’ Club: Female Prison Staff Reveal Brutal Culture of Abuse

Shannon Twomey & Chantelle Francis, The Weekly Times, Web Link Exposed

 

SPORTS FEATURE

Greg Baum, The Age, The Art of Reverse Swing

Michael Gleeson, The Age, How The AFL Dropped The Ball

Konrad Marshall, Good Weekend magazine, Brain Storm

Jake Niall, The Age, How private schools have taken over the path to AFL 

 

SPORTS NEWS

Thomas Browne, 7NEWS/Triple M, Stephenson Integrity Inquiry

Samantha Lane, The Age, Adam Goodes - My love for the game died inside me

Leo Schlink & Mark Buttler, Herald Sun, Jig Is Up

Michael Warner, Herald Sun, Footy's Biggest Cover-up

  

SPORTS PHOTOGRAPH

Scott Barbour, AAP, Naomi Osaka

Alex Coppel, Herald Sun, Hells Bells

Jay Town, Herald Sun, I’ve won the Cup

Michael Willson, AFL Media, The Kick

 

SUBURBAN JOURNALISM

Jordy Atkinson, Shaun Campbell & Emma-Jayne Schenk Bayside Leader, Grenville St Crossing: Make It Safer

Suzan Delibasic, Cranbourne Leader, Petition saves Hero the staffy from Cardinia Council taking action against him

Anthony Piovesan, Whittlesea Leader, Behind closed doors

Paul Shapiro, Greater Dandenong Leader, Predator in the hallway: What happened at Dandenong High

 

THE TAC TOWARDS ZERO QUILL FOR ROAD SAFETY REPORTING

Stephanie Anderson, Nine News, Medical Episodes

Cathy Jacobs, Ben Knight, Mary Gearin & Cameron Best, ABC News, ABC News Road Safety Special

Benjamin Preiss, The Age, Speed Limit Slashed By 20km/h In Trial On Toll

Olivia Shying, Geelong Advertiser, Geelong Road Safety

 

TV CAMERA WORK (CREATIVE)

Andrew Altree-Williams, ABC 7.30, Australia’s First Carbon Neutral Kindergarten

Ryan Mason, Nine News, Grampians Trail

Travis Nemtsas, Nine News, Budj Bim

Josh Steele, 7NEWS, Forgotten Drought

 

TV CAMERA WORK (SHOT OF THE YEAR)

Trigby Chvastek, Nine News, Jonathan Dick

Phil Loschiavo, 7NEWS, Bunyip Fires

John Parsons, Nine News, Mokbel Stabbing

 

TV/VIDEO FEATURE (LONG FORM)

Rachael Brown, Josie Taylor, Chris Gillett & Greg Nelson, ABC 7.30, Nicola Gobbo Breaks Her Silence

Belinda Hawkins, Mark Farnell, Angela Leonardi Trabucco & Roger Carter, ABC Australian Story, An Innocent Abroad

Quentin McDermott, Natalie Whiting, Rebecca Latham & Andrew Altree-Williams, ABC Australian Story, The Invisible Man

Louise Milligan, Andy Burns, Sarah Curnow, Jeanavive McGregor & Lucy Carter, ABC Four Corners, Guilty, The Conviction of George Pell

 

TV/VIDEO FEATURE (SHORT FORM)

Christine Ahern, Nine Today, Cladding Catastrophe

Mike Amor, Jackie Quist, Cameron McAinch & Richard Hall, 7NEWS, Dying With Dignity

Mimi Becker, A Current Affair, Teachers Under Attack

Anthony Hawwa & Tommy Little, Network Ten The Project, Yiayia Next Door

 

TV/VIDEO NEWS

Cameron Baud, 7NEWS, Jonathan Dick Hide-Out

Jayde Vincent, Nine News, Mallacoota

Richard Willingham, ABC News, Leaked CCTV Vision Shows Money Laundering Risks At Crown Casino

Candice Wyatt, Network Ten, Remembering Aya Maasawe

 

THE VICHEALTH QUILL FOR

COVERAGE OF WOMEN IN SPORT

Lucy Carter, ABC 7.30, Liz Cambage Sidelined By Mental Health Issues

Konrad Marshall, Good Weekend magazine, Pitch Perfect: Ellyse Perry Is Reaching Her Zenith, Yet Can Walk The Streets Unrecognised

Linda Pearce, The Saturday Paper & The Age, Uganda, New York and The MCG

Lauren Wood & Michael Warner, Herald Sun, AFLW Vote Farce

 

THE VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT QUILL FOR REPORTING
ON CULTURAL DIVERSITY

Ian Burrows & Jason Fang, ABC News, Do immigrants try hard enough to fit in?

Madeline Hayman-Reber, The Saturday Paper & SBS NITV, Aunty Tanya Day Inquest

Melissa Heagney, Domain & The Age, African-Australians battle rental discrimination

Sue Smethurst, The Australian Women's Weekly magazine, They'll Bury Me In My Yellows

 

THE VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT QUILL FOR REPORTING
ON DISABILITY ISSUES

Belinda Hawkins, Mark Farnell, Ian Harley & Vanessa Wiltshire, Australian Story & ABC News, A Bitter Pill

Norman Hermant, ABC News, People with Disability Struggle For Equality

Bridget Rollason, ABC News, Melbourne's Tram Network

Evan Young, SBS News, Why Australia's prison system can be 'terrifying' for people with an intellectual disability

 

THE STUDENT JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Nazli Bahmani, University of Melbourne, Jumping Hurdles To Provide A Little Humanity to Asylum Seekers In Limbo

Freia Lily, RMIT, Interview with Wilma and Meg Curnow For National Dementia Awareness Month

Julia Montesano, La Trobe UniversityRevealed: Blues Star Headlines Small AFLW Groups’ Pay and Conditions Fight

Ciaran O’Mahony, University of Melbourne, The Scottish Explorer Who Became The Butcher Of Gippsland

Liam Petterson, University of Melbourne, IBM Australia To Roll Out Neurodiversity Program

Andrea Thiis-Evensen, Monash University, ‘It Was The Worst Day Of Our Lives’: Bereaved Parents Say We Must Talk About Youth Suicide

 

THE YOUNG JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Mimi Becker, Nine Network A Current Affair

Sam Cucchiara, Nine News

Chantelle Francis, The Weekly Times

Tamara McDonald, Geelong Advertiser

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