Victorian Government Quill for Reporting on Disability Issues
Kirsten Veness has won the Victorian Government Quill for Reporting on Disability Issues.
Kirsten's story broke stereotypes about what's possible for people with disabilities. She captured the passion of a boy determined to participate in a mainstream activity. The story was complemented by fantastic camerawork that highlighted the thrills and spills involved in chair-skating.
Highly commended were Lily Partland, ABC and Guy Stayner, 7.30 ABC.
Lily's stories highlighted the hopes and reservations of parents of people with disabilities ahead of the roll-out of the NDIS in the Victorian town of Colac. Her simple but effective questions drew out the key concerns and daily challenges living with a disability presents.
Guy Stayner's story was an example of good investigative journalism that galvanised public opinion and had a direct impact on public policy.