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2020 Quill Awards finalists

The following is a list of finalists for the 2020 Quill Awards for Excellence in Victorian Journalism. The Student Journalist of the Year finalist list is 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 2020 Quills Awards Dinner on Friday 26 March 2021. Tickets can be booked here.


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ARTWORK            

Richard Giliberto, The Age, State of Chaos

Richard Giliberto, The Sunday Age, Unknown Outcomes

Tia Kass, The Saturday Paper, We Feed You

Jim Pavlidis, The Age, Marvellous Melbourne

 

BEST BUSINESS STORY IN ANY MEDIUM

Sarah Danckert, The Age, Bigger Than the Wolf of Wall Street

Adele Ferguson, Lesley Robinson & Lauren Day, Four Corners & The Age, Immoral and Unethical

Jared Lynch & Nick Evans, The Australian, Ending Business Payment Rorts             

 

BREAKING NEWS COVERAGE            

The Herald Sun Breaking News Team, Herald Sun, Police Horror

Matt Johnston, Sunday Herald Sun, Coronavirus Restrictions in Victoria

Lana Murphy, Nine News Melbourne, Miracle on the Mountain

Mark Santomartino, Nine News Melbourne, Officers Killed

                                                               

CARTOON

Andrew Dyson, The Age, Pandemic Parade

Matt Golding, The Sunday Age, “Daddy, what did YOU do in the Great War?”

Jim Pavlidis, The Age, Easter Bunny

 

COVERAGE OF AN ISSUE OR EVENT

The Age Online Team, www.theage.com.au, Coronavirus Pandemic Coverage

Louise Milligan, Mary Fallon & Lauren Day, ABC Four Corners, Boys Club

Tom Minear, Grant McArthur, Shannon Deery
& Mark Buttler
, Herald Sun, COVID-19 coverage

Nine News Team, Nine News Melbourne, The COVID Capital

 

FATHER BOB MAGUIRE FOUNDATION COBBERWEALTH AWARD FOR REPORTING ON SOCIAL INCLUSION

Charmayne Allison, Shepparton News, Homelessness: A 21st Century Tragedy

Luke Henriques-Gomes, Guardian Australia, The Jobless Older Women Languishing in Poverty

Anastasia Safioleas, The Big Issue, Santa’s Little Helpers

 

FEATURES PHOTOGRAPH

Christopher Hopkins, The Age, "I Want to hold her Hand"

Eddie Jim, The Age, Dawn Service Under COVID-19

Justin McManus, The Age, Life in Isolation

Darrian Traynor, Getty Images, Lockdown 2020

 

FEATURE WRITING

Cheryl Hall, Belinda Hawkins & Megan Mackander, ABC online, Bad Romance

Chip Le Grand, The Age, How We Beat COVID

Grant McArthur, Sunday Herald Sun, Inside COVID's hot zone

Nick McKenzie, Good Weekend magazine, One Last Mission

                               

THE GRANT HATTAM QUILL FOR INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM

Tyrone Dalton & Tamara Clark, ABC News, College Dorm Refunds Scandal

Nick McKenzie & Chris Masters, Nine Network 60 Minutes, War Crimes

Louise Milligan, Peter Cronau & Lucy Carter, Four Corners, Inside The Canberra Bubble

                                                                               

INNOVATION IN JOURNALISM

ABC Digital Stories Innovations Team, www.abc.net.au/news,  Visualising the climate crisis

Rachael Dexter & Justin McManus, The Age, Documenting life in lockdown

Michael Green, André Dao & Tia Kass, The Saturday Paper, We Feed You              

 

THE KEITH DUNSTAN QUILL FOR COMMENTARY

Waleed Aly, The Monthly & The Age, Tribal Counsel

Osman Faruqi, The Saturday Paper, On Black Lives Matter & Policing

Jake Niall, The Age, Laid Bare

John Silvester, The Age, Naked City

 

NEWS PHOTOGRAPH

Alex Coppel, Herald Sun, Malua Bay Fires

Eddie Jim, The Age, Inferno

Justin McManus, The Age, Evacuation of Mallacoota

Jake Nowakowski, Herald Sun, Anti-Lockdown Protest

                                                                               

NEWS REPORT IN WRITING

Luke Henriques-Gomes, Guardian Australia, Robodebt failure exposed by leaked documents

Aneeka Simonis, Herald Sun, Celeste Manno intervention order and stalking law reform

Wendy Tuohy, The Age, 'Sex discrimination and harassment widespread in Ambulance Victoria say paramedics'

                               

PODCASTING

Rachael Brown, Josie Taylor, Tim Roxburgh & Martin Peralta, ABC, Trace: The Informer

CBAA From the Embers Team, Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA), From the Embers

John Silvester, Anu Hasbold, Margaret Gordon & Tom McKendrick, The Age, Naked City

Andrea Thiis-Evensen, ABC Radio National Earshot, The Lone Soldier

                                                                               

QUILL FOR RECOGNISING EXCELLENCE IN INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS REPORTING

Charlotte Grieve, The Age, Gomeroi Heritage

Belinda Hawkins, Andy Burns, Rebecca Armstrong & Ian Harley, ABC Australian Story, Making His Mark

Miki Perkins, The Age, Indigenous Affairs Portfolio

 

RADIO CURRENT AFFAIRS

Rafael Epstein, Tess Armstrong, Erin Mathews, Jessica Lukjanow & Ross Richardson, ABC Radio Melbourne Drive, Chaos at St Basil's Aged Homes for the Aged

Matilda Marozzi, Virginia Trioli, Katrina Palmer & Julz Hay, ABC Radio Melbourne, Mother and child call out Victoria Police for domestic abuse failures

Neil Mitchell, 3AW, Learner Lunacy

Dan Oakes & Jeremy Story Carter, ABC Background Briefing, Inside the multi-million dollar 'dummy director' scam

 

RADIO NEWS       

Seb Costello, Triple M Breakfast, Police Pounce on Tiger

Iskhandar Razak, ABC 774 Afternoons, The Search for William Callaghan

Richard Willingham, ABC Radio News, Did Health Minister Jenny Mikakos & the Hotel Quarantine inquiry?

Brian Wilson, 3AW, Airline Emergency

                                                                               

REGIONAL AND RURAL JOURNALISM

Charmayne Allison, Shepparton News, Her Voice, Our Voice

Jess Davis, ABC Landline, Facing the future: Farmers finding a way forward from bushfire

Charlotte King & Andy Burns, ABC Regional & Background Briefing, Regional stillbirths: No one told these country mums why their babies died

Natalie Kotsios, The Weekly Times, Banks go for the gun

 

SPORTS FEATURE

Greg Baum, The Sunday Age, The Wright Stuff

Russell Jackson, ABC News, The Persecution of Robert Muir

Quentin McDermott, Greg Hassall, Rebecca Armstrong & Simon Winter, ABC Australian Story, Beating the Blues

Jake Niall, The Age, My Brother Lost At Sea

 

SPORTS NEWS

Sam McClure, The Age, Crows Camp Catastrophe

Jack Paynter & Paul Amy, Leader Community News, Cricket Victoria Cuts

Mark Stevens, RSN927/7NEWS Melbourne, Treloar Out The Door

Michael Warner, Herald Sun, Danny's Tragic Secret

 

SPORTS PHOTOGRAPH

Michael Dodge, AAP, Russian Around

Jason Edwards, Herald Sun, The Crux

Darrian Traynor, Getty Images, In the moment

Darrian Traynor, Getty Images, A Big Bash                                                     

 

THE TAC QUILL FOR ROAD SAFETY REPORTING

Reid Butler, Nine News, Road Safety Portfolio

Wes Hosking, Sunday Herald Sun/Herald Sun, Hi-tech toll fight

Kieran Rooney & Tom Minear, Herald Sun, Safer Streets: The plan to reshape Melbourne

Olivia Shying, Geelong Advertiser, High Stakes                               

 

TV CAMERA WORK (CREATIVE)

Glenn Edwards, Nine Network The Today Show, Cape Otway

Travis Nemtsas, Nine News, After Curfew

Ethan St Ellen, 7NEWS Melbourne, Fruit Picking Shortage

Simon Winter, ABC Australian Story, To Catch a Stalker

 

TV CAMERA WORK (SHOT OF THE YEAR)

Oli Bourguignon, 7NEWS Melbourne, Road Trip with Cardinal George Pell

John Parsons, Nine News, George Pell/Barwon Prison

Stephen Ramplin, Nine News, Wonder Woman

Cameron Schwarz, Nine Network A Current Affair, Mallacoota Last Evacuation

                                                               

TV/VIDEO FEATURE (LONG FORM)

Sarah Abo, Darren Ally & Tracey Hannaford, Nine Network 60 Minutes, Hotel Quarantine: Security Breach

Cheryl Hall, Belinda Hawkins, Simon Winter & Andrew Cooke, ABC Australian Story, To Catch a Stalker Parts 1 & 2

Nick McKenzie, Joel Tozer, Sumeyya Ilanbey & Paul Sakkal, Nine Network 60 Minutes, The Faceless Man

Louise Milligan, Mary Fallon & Lauren Day, ABC Four Corners, Boys Club

                                                               

TV/VIDEO FEATURE (SHORT FORM)

Christine Ahern, Nine Network A Current Affair, Epping Disgrace

Nadia Daly, ABC 7.30, Young ICU doctor with COVID speaks out

Sallese Gibson & Nina Funnell, Network Ten The Project, Let Us Speak

Jessica Longbottom, Patrick Stone & Elahn Zetlin, ABC 7pm News, On the frontline of Melbourne's covid mental health emergency

                                                                               

TV/VIDEO NEWS

Christine Ahern, Nine Network The Today Show, Quarantine Catastrophe

Cameron Baud, 7NEWS Melbourne, Fire Rescue

Teegan Dolling, 7NEWS Melbourne, Remorseless Killer Released

Paul Dowsley, 7NEWS Melbourne, George Pell's First Interview as a Free Man

                                                                               

THE VICHEALTH QUILL FOR COVERAGE OF WOMEN IN SPORT

Daniel Cherny, The Age, AFLW's year of big hits

Chris Gillett, ABC 7.30, Molly and Coral Taylor

Konrad Marshall, Good Weekend magazine, Boot strength

Kasey Symons, ABC News, RISE UP

                                                                               

THE VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT QUILL FOR REPORTING ON MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS

André Dao, Michael Green & Tia Kass, The Saturday Paper, We Feed You

Konrad Marshall, Good Weekend magazine, On a flank and a prayer

Tamara McDonald, Geelong Advertiser, Doctor speaks out after racist attack

Erwin Renaldi & Ben Knight, ABC News, How community leaders in Melbourne's north helped drive down coronavirus outbreaks

                                                                               

THE VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT QUILL FOR REPORTING ON DISABILITY ISSUES

Stephanie Anderson, Nine News Melbourne, Jon Amos

Matilda Boseley, Guardian Australia, Melburnians with Disabilities Fear Aftermath of Long Lockdown

Chris Gillett, ABC 7.30, Olivia's Story

Lucy Kent & Norman Hermant, ABC 7.30 and ABC News, Catastrophically Injured Australians Still Waiting

                                                                   

Early career awards

THE MPC STUDENT JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Gillian Aeria, Monash University, The Junction, Size me up: The need for women’s tailored football boots

Abbir Dib, RMIT, SBS Dateline, Lebanon on the brink: Starvation looms amid economic collapse

Vanessa di Natale, University of Melbourne, The Mandarin, Legal representation for people with disabilities is shockingly low when appealing NDIS decisions

Jess Malcolm, University of Melbourne, Guardian Australia, Meet the bee brokers: ‘You never stop learning about bees, they’re just incredible’

Alexandra Middleton, RMIT, Shorthand, Regional, Rural and Remote Women Need Resources to Fight Family Violence

Maggie Zhou, Monash, Broadsheet, How My Mum’s Lockdown Cookouts With Relatives in China Helped Me Connect to My Cultural and Culinary Roots

 

THE MPC YOUNG JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR                

Michael Fowler, The Age

Ellen McCutchanRMIT ABC Fact Check

Anthony Piovesan, Leader/ NCA NewsWire

Paul Sakkal, The Age           

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