Best Regional or Rural Affairs Report in any Medium

Shane Fowles, Greg Dundas, Anthea Cannon and Peter Begg
Geelong Advertiser

Shane Fowles, Greg Dundas, Anthea Cannon and Peter Begg of the Geelong Advertiser won the Quill for Best Regional or Rural Affairs Report in any Medium.

Judges' statement

In the best traditions of news reporting, this was a genuine sc00p. The Geelong Advertiser team revealed in forensic detail the existence of secretive funds handed out by Geelong City Councillors without regard to scrutiny or process. The newspaper's revelations forced the council to change its system.

Highly commended

Highly commended was Kirsten Veness, ABC.

Judges' statement

This entry covered the difficult subject of farmer suicide with empathy, new facts and sensitivity.

Winning entry

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