2020 Quills: Innovation in Journalism

Rachael Dexter and Justin McManus of the The Age have won the 2020 Innovation in Journalism Quill.

Judges' citation

This entry found an innovative and interesting way of presenting the individual stories of people whose lives were disrupted by Victoria's major COVID-19 lockdown. It combined well-written print, beautifully-presented stills and video with a compelling social media version, ticking all the boxes for this category. Several of the case studies were followed up when restrictions eased, to update their stories and provide a generally hopeful view of lessons learned and the way ahead.

The winning entry

Life in isolation: Portraits of a society in lockdown, The Age, 13 April 2020

'That's who I am': Life for the Victorians out of work, The Age, 10 May 2020

Where are they now? Revisiting Melburnians in lockdown 2.0, The Age, 12 September 2020

Highly commended

ABC Digital Stories Innovations Team,,  'Visualising the climate crisis'

Other finalists

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


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

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