Quill Awards entries open online

The Melbourne Press Club Quill Awards for excellence in Victorian Journalism in 2013 are now open, with new categories reflecting the expanding world of digital journalism.

A new online entry system is set to make entering more convenient, and the range of award categories also has been updated, with some traditional print awards now open to online journalists.

The newly expanded categories are Best News Report In Writing, Best Feature In Writing, and Best Suburban Report In Writing.

The Best Use Of Digital Media category also has been updated to incorporate social media, and is now titled Best Use of Digital Or Social Media.

The major award is the Monash University Gold Quill, named after the event’s major sponsor, with a cash prize of $5000.

There are two new awards. The Student Journalist of the Year Award, sponsored by the Vizard Foundation, with a cash prize of $3000 and a Victorian Government Quill for reporting on disability, which carries a cash prize of $2500.

The Best Breaking News Coverage Quill replaces the former Best Deadline Reporting Quill, reflecting the increasingly real-time nature of news.

The Quill for the Best Columnist/Blogger has been renamed in honour of Keith Dunstan, the renowned Melbourne columnist who died last year.

Other categories carrying prize money are the RACV Transport Quill ($2000), the News Corp-sponsored Grant Hattam Quill for Investigative Journalism, ($1000), and the Young Journalist of the Year Award, sponsored by the Wilnic Family Trust which includes $1000, a return trip to the Investigative Reports and Editors conference in San Francisco and one week’s work experience in the USA.

Entries are now open and will close at 5pm on Friday, February 7.

To enter, visit www.melbournepressclub.com/quills.

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