James Button of The Age has won the 2021 Feature Writing Quill.
In a high-quality field of entries, James Button’s series on cancel culture was outstanding. He guided readers through a minefield of competing agendas, in which communities that assert their rights can shun the very people who are sympathetic to their cause. This is a zeitgeist topic, but it needed nuance, courage and great reporting skills to navigate the terrain of political correctness and identity politics and to emerge with such a powerful contribution to the national discussion.
The winning entry
'"They cancelled me as a human": What nearly killed Logie winner Hugh Sheridan', Good Weekend, 20 November 2021
'Gender, sex and power: the debate dividing universities', The Age, 21 November 2021
'The educational divide that threatens to split the left', The Age, 22 November 2021
Melissa Fyfe, Good Weekend, 'The Death of Ashleigh Petrie'
Chip Le Grand, Timna Jacks & Paul Sakkal , The Age, 'How Victoria is really governed'
Marta Pascual Juanola, The Age, '"Wrong skin" - Tragedy: death, drugs and violence in a divided town'
Please note: the above link/s may not comprise the entirety of an entry submitted for consideration.