Best Regional or Rural Affairs Report in any Medium
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.
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 was Kirsten Veness, ABC.
This entry covered the difficult subject of farmer suicide with empathy, new facts and sensitivity.