29th Quill Awards – Finalists

The MPC is thrilled to announce the finalists for our 29th Quill Awards for Excellence in Victorian Journalism.

Finalists for each category are listed below, alphabetically by surname of primary entrant.

The 2023 Student Journalist of the Year finalist list is also presented.

Winners will be announced at the 29th Quill Awards Dinner on Friday 15 March 2024. Book your tickets now.

See also: 48th Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year finalists, 9th Harry Gordon Australian Sports Journalist of the Year finalists

The 29th Quill Awards covers work published in the 2023 calendar year.

Please note: links are not available for all stories, and may not comprise the full entry submitted for consideration.




  • Matthew Absalom-Wong, The Age, “Hong Bao diplomacy”
  • Lisa Favazoo, Guardian Australia, “Weight of the World”
  • Richard Giliberto, The Sunday Age, “Numbers Game”
  • Jim Pavlidis, The Age, “Voice To Parliament”

Best Breaking News or Live Coverage, sponsored by The Lottery Corporation

  • 7NEWS Team, “Daylesford Crash Disaster”
  • ABC News Victoria, “Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews Resigns”
  • The Age, “Daniel Andrews resigns”
  • Herald Sun Newsroom, “Bourke St Carnage”

Best Coverage of an Issue

  • The Age Crime Team and Please Explain podcast, “Melbourne's new underworld war
  • Stephen Drill, Andrea Thiis-Evensen, Dan Box and Lil Saleh, Network News, “Hillsong: Faith on Trial”
  • Clay Lucas and Sophie Aubrey, The Age, “Flood fury: The Maribyrnong River disaster
  • Aneeka Simonis, Herald Sun, “Family violence: The victims, the survivors and a justice system review”

Business News/Feature, sponsored by McGrathNicol


  • Matt Golding, The Sunday Age, “The nation said no.”
  • Megan Herbert, The Age, “Small Hill to Die On
  • Mark Knight, Herald Sun, “On your mark”
  • Jim Pavlidis, The Age, “Vote Know”

Coverage of Women in Sport, sponsored by the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation

Excellence in Indigenous Affairs Reporting, sponsored by the Federation of Victoria Traditional Owners Corporations

Excellence in Science, Medical and Health Reporting, sponsored by University of Melbourne

Feature Writing

Grant Hattam Quill for Investigative Journalism, sponsored by HWT

Innovation in Journalism, sponsored by Ryman Healthcare

Keith Dunstan Quill for Commentary

Multicultural Affairs and Media, in partnership with the Gandel Foundation

News Reporting in Writing 

  • Ashley Argoon, Herald Sun, “Free pass for crims
  • Olivia Jenkins and James Campbell, Herald Sun, “State care murder
  • Clay Lucas and Sophie Aubrey, The Age, “Flood fury: The Maribyrnong River disaster”
  • Aneeka Simonis, Herald Sun, “Extreme violence: justice system reform for family violence survivors”


  • 7am, “Inside Robo-debt”
  • Anthony Dowsley, Jonty Burton and Andrea Thiis-Evensen, Network News, “The Devil's Apprentice”
  • Stephen Drill, Andrea Thiis-Evensen and Dan Box, Network News, “Hillsong: Faith on Trial”
  • Camilla Hannan, Graham Readfearn, James Milsom and Miles Martignoni, Guardian Australia, “Weight of the World”

Radio Current Affairs



Radio News

  • Shane McInnes, 3AW, “Australian Open Flag Controversy
  • Danny Tran, ABC News Melbourne, “The Melbourne hospital where radiation leaked through the floor”
  • Richard Willingham, ABC News, “Paul Denyer to die in jail: Labor backflips on special laws”
  • Brian Wilson, 3AW, “Fire Fight”

Regional and Rural Journalism, sponsored by TAC

Reporting on Disability Issues, sponsored by the Victorian Government

Scoop of the Year

Sports Feature

Sports News, sponsored by Bupa

  • Daniel Brettig, The Age, “Australians abused in Lord's Long Room in Ashes Test”
  • Mitch Cleary, Pat Harrison and Damian Shine, 7NEWS Melbourne, “Gold Coast land Hardwick”
  • Scott Gullan, Herald Sun, “Peter Bol drugs scandal”
  • Ben Schneiders, The Age, “The tax haven, the PO box, the tropical island: Who owns Australian soccer”

TV Camera Work (Creative)

TV Camera Work (Shot of the Year)

  • Tim Furness, Nine News, “Fitzroy garden murder”
  • Stephen Ramplin, A Current Affair, “Mushroom cook speaks”

TV/Video Feature



TV/Video News

  • Neary Ty, Nine News, “Glenn Archer”
  • Neary Ty, Nine News, “Youth Justice”
  • Sharnelle Vella, 7NEWS, “Porter Davis Crisis”
  • Cassie Zervos, 7NEWS, “School Boy Abduction

Young Journalist of the Year, sponsored by Wilnic Family Trust

  • Chelsea Bunting, Geelong Advertiser, body of work
  • Carly Douglas, Herald Sun, body of work
  • Holly Edwards-Smith, Sky News Australia, body of work
  • Carla Jaeger, The Age, “Netball Australia

Features Photograph

  • David Caird, Herald Sun, “No Bull I've Got Wings”
  • Eddie Jim, The Age, “Fighting, Not Sinking
  • Eddie Jim, The Age, “Kidney Transplant”
  • Justin McManus, The Sunday Age, “Leaving the Land of Plenty”



News Photograph

  • Michael Currie, Crikey, “The winner is Mary!”
  • Christopher Hopkins, The Age, “Nazis on Our Doorstep”
  • Marta Pascual Juanola, The Age, “Portrait of alleged mushroom killer Erin Patterson”
  • Jake Nowakowski, Herald Sun, “Neo-Nazis”

Sports Photograph

  • Eddie Jim, The Age, “Airborne”
  • Penny Stephens, The Age, “Fatima and Adiba
  • Darrian Traynor, Getty Images, “It Takes One Day”
  • Michael Willson,, “Touched”



Victorian Student Journalist of the Year, sponsored by NewsGuard



Winners will be announced at the 29th Quill Awards Dinner on Friday 15 March 2024. Book your tickets now.

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