Best Suburban Report in Print

Beau Donelly
Port Phillip Review Local

The Port Phillip Review Local's Beau Donelly has won the 2012 Quill Award for Best Suburban Report in Print.

Donelly's winning story was an exposé of illegal brothels in Melbourne and showed how authorities were unable to keep up with their actions.

Judges' statement

Beau’s four month investigation set out to expose the failure of authorities to locate, investigate, prosecute and shut down illegal brothels in Melbourne.

The judges commended Beau on his clarity of writing and extensive and persistent research.  He pushed beyond traditional methods of reporting – sifting through hundreds of pages of information from Chinese language websites to get the facts and importantly get results from the police.

He was also able to find a trafficked sex worker and convince her to tell her story, which displayed enormous sensitivity. This was the standout entry.

Highly commended

Emma Hastings of the Waverley Leader was highly commended for the award.

Judges' statement

Emma exercised good judgement in tactically holding a suburban court story to ensure she could deliver the full scoop – which included interviewing a 99 year old victim.