Best Coverage of an Issue or Event

Anthony Dowsley & Wayne Flower
Herald Sun

The Herald Sun's Anthony Dowsley and Wayne Flower have won the 2012 Quill Award for Best Coverage of an Issue or Event.

The winning entry was their series of extended articles on the Jill Meagher case over a number of months.

Judges' statement

The disappearance of Irish-born Melbourne woman Jill Meagher gripped Melbourne for a week.  By week’s end, a man had been charged with her rape and murder.

The Jill Meagher story captured Victoria’s – and the nation’s – attention like no other in 2012.  In a field of exceptionally strong entries across a range of subjects, the six submitted on the Jill Meagher story were almost inseparable.  In the end, the judges selected the Herald Sun’s entry as winner.  It demonstrated great editorial coverage in seizing on what could have been a routine and short-lived missing persons story. 

Highly commended

Highly commended for the award were The Age's Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker & Maris Beck and Network Ten's The Project.

Judges' statements

THE MONEY MAKERS – Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker & Maris Beck,
The Age

Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker have made the corruption today linked to the Reserve Bank their own.  In this entry, they uncovered the documents which strongly suggests cover-up at the highest levels of the bank.

AGE OF UNCERTAINTYThe Project, Network Ten

The Project team’s Hamish McDonald showed great persistence and energy in bringing the detention of under-age Indonesian boat crew members into the open and forcing government action.