Awards

The Melbourne Press Club proudly hosts a range of state and national awards as part of our commitment to celebrate and foster excellence in journalism, recognising its vital importance to the heath of Australian democracy.

The Quill Awards for Excellence in Victorian Journalism are the premier media awards in Victoria. Established by the Melbourne Press Club in 1995 with 10 awards, the Quills now celebrate the best work in 28 categories across all media.

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For more than 40 years, the Perkin Award has been the most coveted prize in Australian journalism, recognising the most outstanding individual working in all media. The award honours the memory of celebrated Age editor Graham Perkin and includes a $20,000 cash prize. It is sponsored by The Age and Virgin Australia.

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The Gordon Award recognises excellence in sports journalism across all codes and all regions of Australia. The award honours the memory of Harry Gordon, one of the greatest war correspondents, sports writers and newspaper editors of his generation. The winner receives a $7500 prize provided by the Melbourne Press Club with the support of Virgin Australia.

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Each year, the Melbourne Press Club honours a journalist or journalists whose career has left an extraordinary mark on Victorian and Australian journalism. The honour, presented at the annual Quill Awards dinner each March, is bestowed at the discretion of the MPC board.

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The Michael Gordon Fellowships is a national program to enable social justice journalism. The program honours Michael Gordon, the respected former Age political editor who died suddenly in February 2018. Annual grants totalling as much as $30,000 will be made to fund reporting projects in areas such as Indigenous affairs, migration policy, human rights and international development.

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