Best Coverage of an Issue or Event
Richard Baker, Nick McKenzie, Caroline Wilson, Jake Niall and Samantha Lane of The Age have won the Quill for Best Coverage of an Issue or Event.
On one of the biggest running stories of the year, The Age team produced excellent coverage – breaking stories through the investigative work of Richard Baker and Nick McKenzie, backed up by Jake Niall and Samantha Lane and penetrating commentary and analysis from Caroline Wilson that was vindicated as events unfolded. In a particularly strong entry list, theirs stood out as journalism of the highest quality.
Highly commended were Ellen Whinnett of the Herald Sun and Louise Milligan, 7:30 ABC.
Ellen Whinnett's entry combined strong campaigning journalism with powerful calls to action on family violence. The stories of victims were related with sensitivity, adding to the overall impact.
Louise Milligan's entry combined strong, persistent reporting on a major story including the interview that every media organisation wanted to get - with Tom Meagher, husband of murder victim Jill. The interview was handled sensitively, moving the story forward at the same time.