Excellence in Victorian journalism: Complete list of Quill Awards finalists

The awards have been substantially reviewed and upgraded

The Melbourne Press Club has announced the finalists in the 2016 Quill Awards for excellence in Victorian journalism.

Finalists have been named in each of the 27 Quill categories and for the Young Journalist of the Year Award and the Student Journalist of the Year Award.

The awards have been substantially reviewed and upgraded to reflect the changing media landscape.

A new Quill for Innovation in Journalism has been created.

In other changes, the Quill for headline writing has been discontinued and the Quills for regional and rural affairs reporting and suburban reporting have been combined in a new Quill for Suburban or Regional Journalism.

The Gold Quill will be awarded to the work judged best of all the Quill winners. The $7,500 prize again is supported by Melbourne Press Club principal sponsors Monash University and Virgin Australia.

Winners will be announced at the annual Quills dinner at Crown Palladium on Friday 17 March.

The complete list of finalists are below:

ARTWORK

Joe Benke (Sunday Age) The Butterfly Effect (Muhammad Ali)
Matt Davidson (The Age) Lipstick on a pig
Andrew Dyson (The Age) Elbow room
Peter Nicholson (The Australian) Courtroom Fashions

BREAKING NEWS COVERAGE

Natalie Kotsios (weeklytimesnow.com.au) Tense Murray-Darling Basin politics
James Massola, Richard Willingham & Fergus Hunter (The Age) David Feeney residence scandal
Melina Sarris (Seven News) Moomba Riots
Brianna Travers (Sunday Herald Sun) Battle Zone – Moomba riots

BUSINESS FEATURE

Ben Butler (The Weekend Australian Magazine) Keeping Up with the Oswals
Melissa Fyfe (Good Weekend Magazine) The Undoing of Slater & Gordon
Sue Neales (The Weekend Australian) Murray Goulburn dairy crisis
John Stensholt (Australian Financial Review) Turnbull, Greiner and the $US1 million loan

BUSINESS NEWS

Adele Ferguson, Klaus Toft & Mario Christodoulou (The Age) CommInsure Scandal
Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker & Michael Bachelard (The Age) Corruption coverage
Philip Wen (The Age) Crown Resorts detentions in China

CAMERA WORK

Phil Loschiavo (Seven News) Crane Blaze
John Parsons (Nine News) West Gate Bridge police chase
Damian Shine (Seven News) Porsche Thieves

CARTOON

Mark Knight (Herald Sun) Hair Force One
Peter Nicholson (Australian Financial Review) Budget Deficit Won’t Go Away
Ron Tandberg (The Age) Trump Declares War
Chris Taylor (Herald Sun) Hanson Snack Pack

COVERAGE OF AN ISSUE OR EVENT

Seamus Bradley, Nick Place, Meredith O’Shea & Miguel Rios (RACV Royal Auto Magazine) Impact
Chris Johnston & Nino Bucci (Fairfax Media) Lux
Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, Michael Bachelard & Dan Quinlan (The Age) Corporate Corruption
Louise Milligan & Andy Burns (ABC 7.30) George Pell and Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church

FEATURES PHOTOGRAPH

Timothy Carrafa (Herald Sun) Sting: Don’t Stare So Close At Me
Jason Edwards (Herald Sun) Beautiful balance
Chris Hopkins (The Age) My Silent Grief
Jason Sammon (Frankston Standard Leader) Blessing of the Waters

FEATURE WRITING

Ruth Lamperd (Herald Sun) The War Within
Nick McKenzie & Richard Baker (theage.com.au) Fruits of Their Labour
Margaret Simons (The Monthly) Duterte’s Dirty War
Chris Vedelago & Cameron Houston (The Sunday Age) Spun Out, Shane Warne Foundation story

GRANT HATTAM QUILL FOR INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM

Fiona Hudson & Ellen Whinnett (Herald Sun) China Deals Scandal
Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, Michael Bachelard & Dan Quinlan (The Age) Unaoil scandal
Louise Milligan & Andy Burns (ABC 7.30) George Pell investigation
Ben Schneiders, Royce Millar & Nick Toscano (The Age) Sold Out: Australia’s Biggest Wages Scandal

INNOVATION IN JOURNALISM

Richard Baker & Michael Bachelard (theage.com.au) Phoebe’s Fall
Alex Ellinghausen (The Age) Election Snapchat
Soren Frederiksen, Conal Hanna & Craig Dixon (Fairfax Media) Real Footy On Messenger
Huw Parkinson (ABC) Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle Ground

KEITH DUNSTAN QUILL FOR COMMENTARY

Waleed Aly (The Age) Tectonics
Tim Colebatch (Inside Story Magazine) The upside of the falling big party vote
Rohan Connolly  (The Age) Coaching Masterclass
Jack Latimore  (Guardian Australia) A lack of indigenous voices is turning blackfellas off old media

NEWS PHOTOGRAPH

Jake Nowakowski (Sunday Herald Sun) Moomba Gang Rampage
Lawrence Pinder (Herald Sun) Up the Creek Without a Paddle
Darren Tindale (Herald Sun) Bolt Wins Ladies Day Sprint
Jay Town (Herald Sun) Kangaroo in dam

NEWS REPORT IN WRITING

Beau Donelly (The Age) Foster care scandal
Josh Gordon & Adam Morton (The Age), Hazelwood shutdown near
Tom Minear & James Campbell (Herald Sun), Minister’s dog act
Cameron Stewart (The Australian) The Submarine Leak Scandal

RACV TRANSPORT QUILL

Adam Carey (The Age) Metro bans V/Line trains from city
Aleks Devic (Herald Sun) Myki leaks
Matthew Johnston & Alex White (Herald Sun) Sky Rail
Royce Millar & Ben Schneiders (The Age) Transurban: Taking its toll

RADIO CURRENT AFFAIRS

Richard Baker & Michael Bachelard (theage.com.au) Phoebe’s Fall
Bridget Brennan (ABC Background Briefing) The Extra Mile
Seb Costello (Triple M Radio) Triple M Live from the Muhammad Ali Memorial
Neil Mitchell (3AW) How to Unravel a Superannuation Policy

RADIO NEWS

Seb Costello (Triple M Hot Breakfast) Usain Bolt wins 100m Gold in Rio
Charlotte King (ABC News) Ballarat bishop agrees to be stand-in for historic sex abuse claims
Patrick Mitchell (3AW) Springvale – Fire in Commonwealth Bank
Danny Tran (ABC Radio News) Ballarat Police under fire over new brutality allegations

SPORTS FEATURE

Damian Barrett (Channel Nine, The Footy Show) West Coast 2006 Drug Investigation
Belinda Hawkins, Steven Baras-Miller, Emily Porrello & Mark Farnell (ABC Australian Story) A League of Their Own
Glenn McFarlane, Patrick Carlyon & Elouise Winslow (Sunday Herald Sun) Death of a Champion
Emma Quayle (The Age) Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti’s long journey to overnight success

SPORTS NEWS

Michael Gleeson (theage.com.au) Lachie Whitfield Drugs Affair
Mark Robinson (Herald Sun) Garry, Billy Split
Michael Warner (Herald Sun) The Talia Scandal

SPORTS PHOTOGRAPH

Alex Coppel (Herald Sun) Fernando Alonso’s Exit at Turn Three
Alex Coppel (Herald Sun) Phelps
Nicole Garmston (Herald Sun) Team Celebration
Michael Willson (afl.com.au) Bulldog Through and Through

SUBURBAN OR REGIONAL JOURNALISM

Melissa Cunningham (The Courier, Ballarat), Ballarat Royal Commission coverage
Bridget Judd (ABC) Naloxone coverage
Leader Community News team (Leader Community News) $20 million win for schools
Andrew Mole (The Riverine Herald)  Yes, I have cancer

TAC TOWARDS ZERO QUILL FOR ROAD SAFETY REPORTING

Seamus Bradley, Meredith O’Shea, Nick Place & Miguel Rios (RACV Royal Auto Magazine) Impact
Adam Carey (The Age) Confronting the U-turn: Road deaths on the rise
Aleks Devic & Anthony Dowsley (Sunday Herald Sun) Tackle the Toll
Australian Community Media – Victoria (Fairfax Media)  #homesafe

TV/VIDEO FEATURE (LONG FORM)

Terry Carlyon & John Silvester (ABC TV) Conviction
Heather Ewart, Lisa Whitehead, Ron Ekkel & Tony Kuric (ABC TV) Back Roads – Mallacoota
Adele Ferguson, Klaus Toft & Mario Christodoulou (ABC Four Corners) CommInsure Scandal
Luke Waters (SBS Dateline Special) The Assad Interview

TV/VIDEO FEATURE (SHORT FORM)

Sam Clark & Dan Oakes (ABC 7.30) Melbourne tax evasion scandal
Nick McKenzie & Gus Goswell (ABC 7.30) Foreign bribery allegations exposed
Dan Oakes & Sam Clark (ABC 7.30) Mother’s plea for state care changes
Brendan Roberts (Seven News) Anzac Day Terror Plot

TV/VIDEO NEWS

Christine Ahern (Nine News) Olympic Village Crisis
Brendan Donohoe (Seven News) Euthenasia Cabinet Leak
Brendan Roberts (Seven News) DHS Paedophile Investigation
Brendan Roberts (Seven News) Pram Murder

VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT QUILL FOR REPORTING ON DISABILITY ISSUES

Kirsten Diprose & Alex Holland (ABC) Melbourne wheelchair taxis no longer ‘commercially viable’
Beau Donelly (The Sunday Age) Anthony’s Decision to Die
Lisbeth Gorr (ABC 7.30) The Doug Anthony Allstars Have The Last laugh
Louise Milligan (ABC 7.30) Protecting Children with Disabilities from Abuse

YOUNG JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Reid Butler (A Current Affair/Nine Network)
Monique Hore (Herald Sun)
Bridget Judd (ABC)
Cassie Zervos (Herald Sun)

STUDENT JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Claudia Alp (Swinburne)
Tess Ikonomou (Monash University)
Carol Saffer (Monash University)
Evan Young (RMIT)

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