2020 Quills: Best Business Story In Any Medium

Sarah Danckert of The Age has won the 2020 Quill for Best Business Story In Any Medium.

Judges' citation

Sarah Danckert demonstrated brilliant journalism in her series examining how crime gangs, posing as licensed traders of complex financial products, had ripped millions of dollars off Australian customers and how for years the corporate regulator had failed to do anything about it. Sarah’s attention to detail was meticulous. Her explanation of the inner workings of an elite segment of the financial market and the impact of rogue dealers, locally and globally, was fluent, compelling and authoritative. She shone a bright light on an otherwise obscure area of financial criminal conduct and powerfully highlighted the insipid response of the corporate regulator. Almost every sentence brought head-shaking revelations. Judges were particularly impressed by the originality of the work, coming as it did almost out of the blue. Every now and then, one particular piece of writing or a series cuts through, and Sarah’s pieces certainly did.

The winning entry

Bigger Than the Wolf of Wall Street, The Age, The Age, 13 November 2020

Regulator slammed for lax oversight of 'cowboy' sector that scammed millions, The Age, 13 November 2020

Berndale exposed: fast money, fast cars and the Carlton Crew, The Age, 14 November 2020

Highly commended

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

Other finalists

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


Please note: the above link/s may not comprise the entirety of an entry submitted for consideration.

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