24 March 2014
The winner of this year's Quills Twitter Competition has been announced.
24 March 2014
The 2013 Student Journalist of the Year is Aliyah Stotyn from Melbourne University.
21 March 2014
The publication of secret tapes revealing deep divisions within the state government which led to the downfall of Premier Ted Baillieu, has won Herald Sun reporter James Campbell, Victoria’s top journalism prize.


Brett McLeod
17 October 2011

Of all the elements in a TV news story, the one that is likely to gain the most criticism is the piece to camera, or PTC. When used well, the PTC allows us to see the impact of a story through a reporter’s reflections. From Michael Buerk in Ethiopia to Philip Williams in Beslan, Brett McLeod discusses the common criticisms and effective use of the 'Piece to Camera.'

Media and law
18 September 2011

The transformation of traditional concepts of media has created a range of complex new challenges for media lawyers. In particular, multifaceted issues arising from social media in the context of the conventional law of defamation include jurisdictional concerns, responsibility for publication and the vast potential for damage to reputation (in addition to contempt and privacy issues). The need to revisit defamation laws is increasingly apparent, to ensure both reputation and freedom of expression are adequately protected in the age of social media. Corrs Chambers Westgarth Partner and Melbourne Press Club committee member Richard Leder provides an overview of some of the challenges to existing Australian media law posed by social media.

Young Journalist of the Year Award winner Henrietta Cook
11 August 2011

Henrietta Cook won the Young Journalist of the Year Award at this year's Quills for her story on two Ivanhoe Girls Grammar students banned from attending their school formal as partners.

Part of her prize for winning the award was a trip to the United States to attend the Investigative Reporters and Editors Conference, which was held in Florida in June.

The conference featured some of the most renowned investigative journalists on the planet, and the experience has opened her eyes to new ways of being a journalist.

News of the World
4 August 2011

Minter Ellison's Nick Petrie, Tarryn Ryan and Veronica Scott look at how Australian law would apply to the 'phone-hacking' activities of News of the World, which activities are lawful and which would be an offence, what penalties could be imposed, what remedies victims might have under breach of privacy and breach of confidence laws. We will also look at the extent to which journalists can record conversations in order to secure newsworthy information and the application of statutory privacy laws.

Ashley Argoon
15 July 2011

Jobs in journalism are not exactly easy to come by nowadays. The Border Mail cadet journalist Ashley Argoon relates how she managed to get started in the profession and surveys what she has learned in the several months she has been a full-time journalist.

Julie Posetti speaking at the Wheeler Centre
12 July 2011

University of Canberra Journalism lecturer and social media researcher/consultant Julie Posetti was in Melbourne recently to give a talk at the Wheeler Centre on the “Twitterisation of Journalism”, a subject she is currently writing a PhD thesis on.

While she was here, the Melbourne Press Club’s Craig Butt spoke to her about how journalists can get started on Twitter, who the best people to follow are and how the microblogging service is changing the way we think about journalism.

Derryn Hinch's "Name Them and Shame Them" rally
9 May 2011

Leading media lawyer Peter Bartlett, a vice president of the Melbourne Press Club, analyses 3AW broadcaster Derryn Hinch’s legal fight to name paedophiles and sex offenders. Peter is a partner at Minter Ellison, which acts for Fairfax, owner of 3AW.

Peter Bartlett, Denis Muller, Jo Chandler and Michael Gawenda
2 May 2011

Journalists have to maintain a detached professionalism even when covering the most traumatic disasters, a recent panel discussion on the challenges faced by the media in such situations was told.

Jo Chandler, a senior writer at The Age, advised journalists:  “Don’t abandon critical thinking, ever. Always remain skeptical. We should always be questioning, even the people who appear to be angels within this context. We’re obliged to be respectful and include our humanity but not in the process sacrifice our professionalism.

Tim Costello and Michael Gawenda
21 April 2011

Excellence in journalism means not just exercising professional skills but one’s full human capacity, World Vision CEO Reverend Tim Costello said in a lecture in Melbourne on April 20.

Mr Costello said journalists exerted considerable influence on how events were interpreted and should take care not to cross ethical lines when covering disasters.

In a lecture for the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Advanced Journalism, Mr Costello outlined ways in which the media could cover disasters in a more ethical manner. He also highlighted the importance of journalists learning to cope with trauma and noted how social media was changing disaster reporting.

Arthur Freeman
18 April 2011

After covering the plea and sentencing of Arthur Freeman, who was last week sentenced to life in prison with a 32-year-minimum for throwing his four-year-old daughter Darcey off the Westgate Bridge, Channel Seven Court Reporter Kate Obsorn reflects on one of the most difficult aspects of court reporting - witnessing the darkest grief of others as it is revisited in the courtroom.