Victoria’s best journalism in 2014 was recognised at the Melbourne Press Club’s Quill Awards last Friday, with a strong performance from The Age which took out 13 of the 29 categories.
Age reporter Adele Ferguson won the Gold Quill for her uncovering of the Commonwealth Bank financial advice scandal, sharing it with Four Corners’ Deb Masters and researcher Mario Christodoulou for their work on the same story.
Investigative team Richard Baker and Nick McKenzie took out the Best News Report in Writing award, while Fairfax foreign correspondent Jewel Topsfield won the Quill for Best Feature in Writing.
The Herald Sun’s coverage of the shooting down of flight MH17 over Ukraine scored the Quill for Best Breaking News Coverage. Editor Damon Johnston and Gary Oxley, Nathaniel Bane and Kiah Doodie were individually recognised.
Herald Sun reporters Ruth Lamperd and Monique Hore won the Best Coverage of an Issue or Event award for their ‘White Death’ story, a five-month investigation into a Melbourne asbestos factory and its local impact decades later. Ms Lamperd also was individually recognised in the investigative journalism category for her work on that story.
Sue Neales, from The Australian, took home the Best Regional or Rural Affairs Report award for her exposure of a farm debt crisis in Queensland and the impact of the ANZ bank’s heavy-handedness in forcing families off their farms.
The Age’s Warwick McFadyen was recognised for writing the Best Three Headlines in Any Medium, with judges particularly taken with his headline for a piece on the difficulty of writing sex scenes in fiction: “Oh, the irony. Limp literary sex can bore one rigid”.
A list of all the winners can be found here, on the Melbourne Press Club’s website.
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