Queensland Clarion Awards


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The Queensland Clarion Awards are the pre-eminent state-based awards promoting excellence in the media. The annual awards celebrate quality journalism, and reward a media professional whose commitment to excellence in media coverage best informs and entertains Queenslanders.

Entries for the 2017 Clarion Awards close on Monday, July 3.

To be eligible for entry in this year’s awards, your work must have been published or broadcast between July 7, 2016 and July 1, 2017.

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The Queensland Clarion Awards will be presented at a gala dinner on Saturday, August 26, in the Boulevard Room at the Brisbane Convention and Entertainment Centre.

For more information: Anna Magnus 0423 363 725

Entrants may not enter the same material in more than one category, except where the entrant applies to both the media-specific categories (i.e. print/text, radio, television, regional and community journalism) and an All Media category.

The same work may be submitted to a category in each of these sections, but entrants must complete a new and separate entry submission for each award category.

Entering into a category multiple times is permitted. Each additional entry requires a new entry registration.

Entry fees apply per entry for non-MEAA members: $230 per entry. Join MEAA here.

Television or Radio entries may include group entries comprising reporters, camera operators and producers.

Please note broadcast/publication dates for eligible entry submissions are July 7, 2016 to July 1, 2017.

  • Rural Journalism

    For excellence in coverage of issues affecting rural Queenslanders. Entrants may enter a single report or a series on the same issue or topic comprising of up to five reports as a single entry.

    Freelance Journalism

    For excellence in freelance journalism in any one of a numbers of branches of journalism including : print, photography, online, radio, video or television. The work submitted must be published, produced or broadcast in Australia. Entrants may enter a body of work. Up to five pieces may be entered. Work may include a combination of mediums.

    Health and Wellness

    For excellence in the reportage of health stories that explore the benefits of healthy communities and lifestyles or that bring awareness to major health challenges being addressed through positive behaviour change. Entrants may enter a single report or a series on the same issue or topic comprising of up to five reports as a single entry.

    Business Journalism

    For excellence in business, economics or finance reporting. Entrants may enter a single report or a series on the same issue or topic comprising of up to five reports as a single entry.

    Commentary, Analysis, Opinion and Critique

    This category is open to those journalists involved in comment and analysis and includes leader writers, reviewers and opinion columnists covering arts, sports, business or politics. Entrants should submit five samples, not necessarily related, to be judged as indicative of their work.

    Sports Journalism

    A story or series of stories on a sporting issue. Judges are looking for impact, newsworthiness and will reward ethics, creativity and application of the story to the sporting media. Analysis, breaking investigations and comment can also be considered. Entrants may enter a single report or a series on the same issue or topic comprising of up to five reports as a single entry.

    Multicultural Queensland Award

    For excellence in reporting on Queensland’s cultural diversity and harmonious community relations. Entrants may enter a single report or a series on the same issue or topic comprising of up to five reports as a single entry.

    Social Issues Reporting

    For excellence in reporting on social or community issues affecting disadvantaged people in Queensland. Entrants may enter a single report or a series on the same issue or topic comprising of up to five reports as a single entry.

    Indigenous Issues Reporting

    This award recognises excellence in coverage of Indigenous issues. Journalists and photographers working in both the Indigenous and mainstream media are encouraged to enter. Entrants may enter a single report or a series on the same issue or topic comprising of up to five reports as a single entry.

    Broadcast Interview

    For excellence in reporting live or pre-recorded interviewing. Entrants may enter a single report or a series on the same issue or topic comprising of up to five reports as a single entry.

    Artwork, Cartoon, Illustration or Graphic

    Best use of creativity, wit, style and newsworthiness through artistic media. Entrants may enter a single report or a series on the same issue or topic comprising of up to five reports as a single entry.

    Multimedia Journalism

    This category was created to showcase and promote the professionalism of original, courageous and ethical multimedia journalism. Judges will consider whether a story is delivered imaginatively, effectively and with impact using innovative techniques in news gathering and presentation. These include interactive presentations, audio, video, animation and live interaction, crowd sourcing and modes of distribution. Entrants may enter a single report or a series on the same issue or topic comprising up to five reports as a single entry.

    Three Headings

    Sub-editors can enter their three best headlines. Judges will be looking for originality, flair and the headline’s relevance to the story it heads.

    Most Outstanding Final Year Journalism Student – Graduating 2017

    Best use of resources accuracy, newsworthiness, research and story-telling from a final year student. Entries must have been published or broadcast from July 1 2015 to June 30 2017. The entrant must have been a full time student when the entry was published or broadcast. The entrant must not have been working full time when the entry was published or broadcast. Entrants may enter a body of work. Up to five pieces may be entered.

  • News Report

    Judges are particularly looking for courageous journalism, as well as writing excellence, accuracy, storytelling, newsworthiness, ethics, research, impact and public benefit. Entrants may enter a single report or a series on the same issue or topic comprising of up to five reports as a single entry.

    Feature Article

    Keeping in mind the parameters of the medium, creativity, originality and writing flair will be highly regarded in this category, in addition to the general criteria. Entrants may enter a single report or a series on the same issue or topic comprising of up to five reports as a single entry.

  • Best Metropolitan News Photo

    Photographers who are employed or commissioned by a metropolitan daily newspaper whether they are permanent, casual or freelance. Newsworthiness, impact, technical superiority, creativity and originality will be looked at in this category. This category incorporates the previous categories of spot and general news, but still includes the criteria of capturing an exclusive or spontaneous news moment and depicting news-value images on the day. Up to five images on one subject, story or event (not theme) may be entered.

    Photographic Essay

    Open to all photographers. Up to 12 photographs of a news feature – at least one of the series must have been published

    Sport Photography

    Open to all photographers. This category will reward those who capture the emotion and drama of sport. Entries may show action and/or feature imagery in the sporting arena. Up to five images on one subject, story or event (not theme) may be entered.

  • News Report

    Best single story series of reports on the same subject, judged on newsworthiness and impact. Entrants may enter a single report or a series on the same issue or topic comprising of up to five reports as a single entry.

    Current Affairs, Feature, Documentary or Special Broadcast

    Best single story series of reports on the same subject, judged on newsworthiness and impact. Entrants may enter a single report or a series on the same issue or topic comprising of up to five reports as a single entry.

  • News Report

    In particular, the judges will reward reports demonstrating newsworthiness, courage, impact, incisiveness, public benefit and ethics. Entrants may enter a single report or a series on the same issue or topic comprising of up to five reports as a single entry.

    Current Affairs, Feature, Documentary or Special Broadcast

    This category was created to recognise current affairs and analysis of news events. Reports should highlight research, public benefit, ethics, courage and impact. Entrants may enter a single report or a series on the same issue or topic comprising of up to five reports as a single entry.

    The John Bean Memorial Award for Television Camerawork

    This award recognises excellence in camerawork in Australian news, current affairs and documentary as well as videography and photo films in digital formats, representing the highest standards of the craft. Entrants may enter a single report or a series on the same issue or topic comprising up to five reports as a single entry.

  • Feature Article or Opinion Piece – Print /Text

    Best use of creativity, originality and writing flair within the parameters of the medium. Entrants may enter a single report or a series on the same issue or topic comprising of up to five reports as a single entry.

    News Report – Print/Text

    Best use of accuracy, story-telling newsworthiness, ethics, research and impact through use of available resources. Entrants may enter a single report or a series on the same issue or topic comprising of up to five reports as a single entry.

    Broadcast Report

    For best accuracy, research impact and use of resources. Entrants may enter a single report or a series on the same issue or topic comprising of up to five reports as a single entry.

    News Photograph

    Photographers who are employed by a regional or community newspaper whether they are permanent, casual or freelance. For the purpose of clarification photographers who are engaged primarily by a community newspaper but rostered through a metropolitan newspaper are eligible for this category. An entry into this section cannot be entered into Best News Metropolitan Photo. Newsworthiness, impact, technical superiority, creativity and originality will be looked at in this category. This category incorporates the previous categories of spot and general news, but still includes the criteria of capturing an exclusive or spontaneous news moment and depicting news-value images on the day. Up to five images on one subject, story or event (not theme) may be entered.

  • New Journalist of the Year

    Four years or less in the industry. Entrants may enter a body of work. Up to five pieces may be entered.

    Investigative Journalism

    Recognising its valuable role, this category will reward well-researched and presented investigations. Entrants may enter a single report or a series on the same issue or topic comprising of up to five reports as a single entry.

    Journalist of the Year 2016

    Selected from winners of all other categories.

    Most Outstanding Contribution to Journalism

    Peer-nominated award for long-term commitment to excellence in journalism and achievement in the industry. Nominations for this category should include as much information as possible about the candidate, and if possible include supporting material (suggested below). Please send information to michelle.rae@meaa.org

    •  Name of nominee
    •  Nominated by
    •  Occupation of nominee (journalist, photographer etc)
    •  Employment history (places of past media-based employment and dates)
    •  Awards and/or other significant achievements throughout career
    •  How has the nominee contributed to quality journalism, particularly in QLD, throughout their career? (Statement up to 400 words)
    •  Attach any examples of work that demonstrate the above point
    •  Attach any references from colleagues.

What date do entries close?

Entry deadline: COB, Monday, July 3

Who can enter the Clarion Awards?

Entry is open to all journalists and media professionals across all forms of print and electronic media throughout Queensland.

Those who enter do not have to be members of the Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance. The Awards entry administration fee, however, is waived for MEAA members as one of the benefits of their membership. The entrants must be Queensland residents.

How can I enter the 2017 Clarion Awards?

You must register by completing the electronic registration form on the entry page on this website. The form contains details of where and how to submit the physical entry or upload information. Online registration of entries via the website may be permitted.

Send all entries to:

Queensland Clarion Awards 2017
Locked Bag 526
Spring Hill Qld, 4004

For deliveries: Level 4, 16 Peel St, South Brisbane Qld, 4101

What are the Queensland Clarion Awards?

The Queensland Clarion Awards are the per-eminent state-based awards promoting excellence in the media. The annual awards celebrate quality journalism, and reward a media professional whose commitment to excellence in media coverage best informs and entertains Queenslanders.

What are the conditions of entry?

All work must have been published or broadcast from July 7, 2016 to July 1, 2017.

What does it cost to enter the awards?

Entry fee is waived for MEAA members. A $230 per entry for non-members applies. Where a non-member is part of a group entry, the normal $230 entry fee is required. Call 1300 65 65 13 to discuss membership options or join online.

What do I need to include with my entry?

One entry confirmation email signed and sent back (either email or post )

Do I have to include an entry statement of up to 200 words?

Yes, your entry statement is to assist the judging process and should outline the case for consideration for an award. You may address the judging criteria and explain the circumstances in which the entry was produced. You may write less than 200 words, but no more. The online entry form submission process will not accept more than 200 words so please write them in a word processor document first and do a word count before dropping it into the entry form.

Do I need to have the entry form authorised?

Yes, it is compulsory that you have it verified by your employer or employer representative to validate the work. This process is done online. Once you enter their details into the system it will generate an email to them asking them to verify the details you have submitted. Their verification entry email will come directly to us and a copy will also be sent back to you. An entry will not be considered until all steps have been completed.

Can I enter into a category more than once?

Entry is permitted more than once in each category, however each additional entry must have a separate completed entry registration form and the subject material must meet the criteria.

Judging criteria

Entrants may not enter the same material in more than one category, except where the entry applies to both the media-specific categories (i.e. print/text, radio, television, regional and community journalism) and an All Media category. The same work may be submitted to a category in each of these sections, but entrants must complete a new and separate submission for each award category.

What is a group entry?

A group entry may include up to five people as entrants.

What are the criteria for judging?

Award winners will be chosen on the basis of journalistic excellence. This will vary according to individual categories but, in general, criteria will include:

•  Newsworthiness
•  Research
•  Writing
•  Production
•  Incisiveness
•  Impact
•  Public benefit
•  Ethics
•  Originality
•  Innovation
•  Creative flair

Judges will take regard of the resources available and effort expended in the preparation of the work.

Will entries be returned?

No. Entries will not be returned. Please keep copies of all material submitted.

How will the finalists be notified?

Finalists are announced via the website and email to all entrants. A press release will be sent to all newsrooms across Queensland.

When will the finalists be announced?

The finalists are due to be announced mid-August, 2017

When will the winners be announced?

The winners of the 2017 Clarion Awards will be announced at the presentation dinner on Saturday August 26, at the Boulevard Room, Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre, South Bank.

What do winners of the Clarion Awards categories receive?

The winner of each category in 2017 receives a certificate and a cash prize of $500. The winner of the Most Outstanding Contribution to Journalism and Journalist of the Year, each receive a certificate and a cash prize of $1000.

Where can I find further information?

For information on all matters related to the Clarion Awards, please contact Anna Magnus: National Manager, State Media Awards,  on 0423 363 725, or anna.magnus@meaa.org


  • All the winners of the 2016 awards.

    All Media – Broadcast Interview

    Sponsored by Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance

    Winner

    • Kay McGrath, Paula Doneman, Seven Network, Terry Lewis’s Last Card

    Finalists

    • Annie Gaffney, Karyn Wood, ABC Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast Man Caught-up in Christmas Island Riots

    Judges’ comments:

    “Kay McGrath and Paula Doneman’s interview with disgraced former Queensland police commissioner Terry Lewis was the stand-out in this year’s category. Based on meticulous research and hard-earned contacts, the Lewis interview was a chance to re-visit a key character from one of the state’s darkest periods. The experienced McGrath struck the right balance, allowing Lewis to put his side of the story but also holding him to account over his answers and his behaviour which ultimately led to him being jailed for corruption and fraud and stripped of his knighthood. There were also new revelations about Lewis’s time in jail. The archival research by Doneman, a veteran crime reporter, and McGrath also helped put the events in context for those who may not have been around for the Fitzgerald Inquiry. The Lewis interview showed the power of a long-form broadcast interview – something that is becoming increasingly rare in modern journalism.”

    All Media – Business Journalism

    Sponsored by Brisbane Airport Corporation

    Winner

    • Sarah Elks, The Australian, Unmasking Terry Smith

    Finalists

    • Mark Ludlow, Fairfax Media/The Australian Financial Review, The rise and fall of Queensland Nickel and Clive Palmer
    • Michael McKenna, The Australian, Adani
    • Liam Walsh, The Courier-Mail, Guvera: Greatest hits and misses

    Judges’ comments:

    “The collapse of Queensland Nickel was one of the biggest business stories of the year, with the Australian newspaper and the Financial Review often leading the coverage. In this highly competitive environment, the judges were impressed by Sarah Elk’s series of exclusives, including one of the defining details of the whole saga – Clive Palmer’s bizarre decision to go by the pseudonym Terry Smith.”

    All Media – Commentary, Analysis, Opinion & Critique

    Sponsored by Three Plus

    Winner

    • Mark Ludlow, Fairfax Media/The Australian Financial Review, Lunch with The AFR & more

    Finalists

    • John Birmingham, Brisbane Times/Fairfax Media, Blunt Instrument: Body of Work
    • Jacinda Tutty, The Courier Mail/ News Queensland, #Techtalk

    Judges’ comments:

    “Mark Ludlow’s columns filed for the Australian Financial Review represented an entertaining, informative and important collection of work. Addressing subjects as diverse as a sportsman’s near fatal medical condition, the personal side of life after politics for a former minister, profiles about key Queensland political figures and a critical look at the state Budget, Ludlow’s work both entertained and informed. His journalism revealed an ability to engage with a number of powerful and intriguing interview subjects and encourage some frank admissions in a manner that provided fertile material for comment. In some cases, his subjects opened up about topics which they had rarely discussed previously or in any great detail. As a result his work was always relevant and on occasion provided up to date insights or even information about controversial issues that had not been previously reported. The columns while lengthy were excellently back-grounded giving context to the new insights being presented. The result was a body of work that was both newsworthy and eminently readable. The pieces were exceedingly well researched, creatively solid, original and newsworthy.”

    All Media – Health and Wellness

    Sponsored by Diabetes Queensland

    Winner

    • Janelle Miles, The Courier-Mail, Gift of Love

    Finalists

    • David Lewis, ABC, Mount Isa Mines still breaching national air quality guidelines
    • Lucy Smith, Daily Mercury, Re-emergence of black lung in Queensland

    Highly Commended

    • Claudine Ryan

    Judges’ comments:

    “This real life or death drama had you in its grip from the start, with raw medical details of how a person is kept alive while waiting for an organ transplant. One family’s heartbreak in death, followed by another’s elation at a second chance of life through organ donation is conveyed with both directness and compassion. The story details how a grieving family’s decision to donate a loved one’s organs three years earlier not only saved the interviewee’s life, it allowed her to create a new one as she later had a baby. The judges felt the story not only creates an emotional response, but gives a direct call to action – to discuss organ donation with your family and make sure they know your wishes. Janelle said she set out to write a story that would ignite a community conversation about organ donation, and she succeeded.”

    All Media – Indigenous Issues Reporting

    Sponsored by Queensland Council of Unions

    Winner

    • Brian Bennion, APN News and Media/The Queensland Times, Is Nothing Sacred? – Deebing Creek Mission

    Finalists

    • Allyson Horn, ABC News, Indigenous Queensland: Body of Work
    • Dominique Schwartz, Australian Broadcasting Corporation , Closing the Gap with better ear health

    Highly Commended

    • Trent Dalton

    Judges’ comments:

    “All entries in this section were inspiring, covering a wide range of indigenous issues in an accurate, “non-highbrow” way with warmth, intelligence, empathy and humour. From this excellent work, including radio, television, print and online entries, we chose the best-prepared pieces which broke important news and walked readers inside indigenous communities. The judges were equally-impressed by the no-nonsense cultural sensitivity shown in all entries, allowing the reporting to be told in a straightforward way. The copy is one feature entry was truly gorgeous. However, one piece however stood out for all judges because it had the real news “wow factor”. This winning entry was well researched, written in good clean copy, accurately covered the community anger and anguish of a serious evolving issue and ultimately forced a change local authorities and developers. At the conclusion of a series of stories it broke the reality of a previously-undocumented mass grave of indigenous people – proven on underground radar – at one of Queensland’s earliest aboriginal missions, the Deebing Creek Mission near Ipswich as a housing development is being considered. And it left us asking “Why don’t we know about this?”

    All Media – Most Outstanding Journalism Student

    Sponsored by Media Super

    Winner

    • Joseph Ogilvie, Queensland University of Technology, Body of Work

    Finalists

    • Hannah Kotaidis, Queensland University of Technology, Body of Work
    • Catherine Moore, University of the Sunshine Coast, Body of Work

    Judges’ comments:

    “The judges agreed this was a very strong body of work across print, radio and television, showing a grasp of the three platforms. We were impressed with the range of subjects, from human interest stories such as the trans-gender and domestic violence stories to the Baden-Clay High Court case which distilled complex legal arguments to an easy-to-digest package for television. This showed a great understanding of not only the topical and complicated subject but of the medium and how to use it effectively. The judges also highly commended Jorgia White, especially her work on the human trafficking and child labour scandal in the cocoa industry.”

    All Media – Multicultural Queensland Award

    Sponsored by Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance

    Winner

    • Leisa Scott, News Corp, The Road Ahead

    Finalists

    • Stefan Armbruster, SBS World News, Queensland’s diversity – Body of work
    • Cindy Wockner, News Corp, Right at Home

    Judges’ comments:

    “A perceptive and skilfully-crafted piece that takes the reader into the home of an Afghan refugee, and her family, living in Toowoomba. “The Road Ahead” uses small details to paint a vivid picture of the challenges and benefits of the family’s new home in Australia, as well as providing insights into the lives they have left behind, and the difficult decision to leave. The piece steers clear of cliché and sentimentality, bringing a fresh perspective, currency and context to a much-covered topic. Leisa Scott treats her subjects with respect and sensitivity, whilst still being unafraid to ask difficult questions. A worthy contribution to the national debate on refugees and multiculturalism.”

    All Media – Rural Journalism

    Sponsored by Rural Press Club

    Winner

    • Kirstin Murray, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Baby Cash

    Finalists’ road casting 

    • Elly Bradfield, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, St George’s ice struggle
    • Mark Willacy, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, The Final Battle

    Highly Commended

    • Janelle Miles

    Judges’ comments:

    “Kirstin’s entry, `Baby Cash’ was a gripping, well-executed story about a rare parasite active in warm water. It not only highlighted a single family’s pain, but revealed wider, potentially deadly implications for other rural households. Kirstin went to considerable effort to obtain interviews with the doctors and families affected. The piece was beautifully shot and edited, and told with empathy and insight through the eyes of the parents of baby Cash.”

    All Media – Social Issues Reporting

    Sponsored by Network Ten

    Winner

    • Heidi Davoren, Matthew Liddy, Lucy Fahey, Ben Spraggon, Colin Gourlay, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, These women are not just statistics

    Finalists

    • Stefan Armbruster, SBS World News, Detention centre cancer consuming Manus Island
    • Trent Dalton, The Australian, Chain Reaction

    Judges’ comments:

    “The panel thought that all three were excellent examples of the craft. In the case of Stefan Armbruster’s Manus Island Detention Centre stories, the fact that Stefan was able to get a camera INSIDE the centre, and shine a light on conditions that the Governments of Australia and PNG had gone to great lengths to keep covered up, made this a riveting story. In Trent Dalton’s chilling “Chain Reaction”, he was able to give a concrete example of the much-discussed (but rarely detailed) trans-generational cycle of sexual abuse. But the standout story in the category, the judges felt, was “These Women are not just statistics”. The team led by Heidi Davoren was able to bring to light each of these victims of violence in a way that the bare bones of their stories could not. While the stories could have been told in a traditional format, the use of hypertext links from each woman’s image (or the lack of an image, for cultural reasons) was considered a great example of using the online medium to its best advantage – creating a montage of interrelated stories within a single overarching portal. But behind the ‘bells and whistles’ of the presentation, more important than the medium, was the message. Each individual story was like a shock to the system, each ‘vignette’ made the judges feel anger, and sorrow, and grief. Taken as a combined whole, the judges felt this was an important, and truly award-worthy, piece of journalism.”

    All Media – Sports Journalism

    Sponsored by Lion

    Winner

    • Nance Haxton, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Why are boxers dying in Queensland?

    Finalists

    • Peter Badel, The Courier-Mail, League legend’s cocaine addiction
    • Mike Colman, News Queensland , The Medal Factory

    Judges’ comments:

    “She tackles an important but largely unreported subject, deaths in the boxing ring and identifies dangerous flaws in the system in Queensland and the Northern Territory. She uses Freedom of Information legislation to expose inaction from governments of both sides of politics in Queensland. The judges felt that of all the high quality entries in this category this was the campaign that could and should lead to changes in policy within the sport and at government level and could potentially even save young lives.”

    All Media – New Journalist of the Year

    Sponsored by Queensland Parliamentary Media Gallery

    Winner

    • Rhian Deutrom, News Corp, Body of Work

    Finalists

    • Jonathan Hair, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Body of Work
    • Rachel Riley, Townsville Bulletin, Social media suicide

    Judges’ comments:

    “The high standard of journalism among the emerging members of our industry gives great hope for the future. The three finalists exemplified that in their talent, professionalism and commitment to the craft. Rhian Deutrom‘s work was a stand-out for her comprehensive and revealing stories on the problems at Lady Cilento Hospital and contamination in Oakey. The judges were particularly impressed with Rhian’s tenacious reporting in getting to the truth of the Department of Defence’s cover-up of its toxic mess in the Darling Downs’ community. Rhian led the coverage of the emerging scandal, and delivered exclusive reports that exposed the government. It led to the federal government announcing a $55 million assistance package for locals facing property depreciation and health concerns. The series – which included news reports, feature articles and online packages – also led to the government committing to land buybacks, blood tests and counselling for the most vulnerable in the community.”

    All Media – Investigative Journalism

    Sponsored by WATPAC

    Winner

    • Sarah Elks, The Australian, Unmasking Terry Smith

    Finalists

    • Stefan Armbruster, SBS World News, Detention centre troubles consuming Manus Island
    • Owen Jacques, APN Australian Regional Media. Wanted “Death Ship” captain discovered in Queensland

    Judges’ comments:

    “The common thread between these disparate reports was their high standard of journalism. The judges genuinely found them difficult to separate. The quality and breadth of entries across print, radio and television show investigative journalism in Queensland to be in great health and forcing lasting change. The reporting of the Queensland Nickel collapse by Sarah Elks, of The Australian, particularly stood out for its tenacity and newsworthiness. The judges were impressed by Elks’ agenda-setting pursuit of the QNI yarn. Elks’ reports constantly led the way in extremely competitive circumstances, divulging inconvenient truths behind the multimillion-dollar collapse. Elks’ series of exclusive reports, including the unmasking of “Terry Smith” as businessman Clive Palmer, were the pay-off for her determined shovel work in developing a network of contacts – from lunchrooms to boardrooms – whose information fuelled her dogged pursuit. Her work is a tremendous “how-to” for journalists young and old and deserves recognition.”

    All Media – Freelance Journalism

    Sponsored by Bond University

    Winner

    • Andrew McMillen, Various, Body of work

    Finalists

    • Brian Cassey, Courier Mail, News Corp, Cairns Post + Others, Portraiture in the News/Body of Work
    • Andrew Stafford, Various, Body of work

    Judges’ comments:

    “The judges were impressed by the diversity and overall high quality of his work. He maintains a strong voice through his elegant prose but never “takes over” the stories, allowing the subjects to be central to his storytelling. He manages to research and present highly sensitive subjects such as Story Bridge suicides (“Over Troubled Water”) and the sketching of stillborn babies (“Etched in Memory”) without clichés or allowing emotion to overtake the messages.”

    All Media – Multimedia Journalism

    Sponsored by Telstra

    Winner

    • Tim Leslie, Will Ockenden, Simon Elvery, Colin Gourlay, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, What your metadata reveals about you

    Finalists

    • Matthew Liddy, Gregor Salmon, Ben Spraggon, Colin Gourlay, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Southern Exposure: the growing, glowing allure of the aurora australis
    • Blythe Moore, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Outback Yacht Club

    Highly Commended

    • Marty McCarthy

    Judges’ comments:

    “Tim Leslie’s entry – What your metadata reveals about you – took on a very complicated issue and broke it down into simple steps. By accessing the telephone, text and internet records of one person’s smart phone, Tim was able to reveal an astonishing amount of information about that individual. But, the cleverness of this entry was the multi-layered approach it took in telling the story. Beyond just showing us what all this data actually looks like and how it works, the audience was invited to interact with the data. This active and unique approach drove home how much detail of our lives can be revealed to others – a fascinating and frightening experience.”

    All Media – Cartoon Illustration or Graphic

    Sponsored by The Walkley Foundation

    Winner

    • Tony Bela, The Courier-Mail, Game of Toads

    Finalists

    • Sharni Hargrave, Seven Network, Body of Work – The dynamics of graphics
    • Steve Quirk, Nine Network, Body of Work – Implementing real 3D into TV News

    Judges’ comments:

    “Tony Bela’s Game of Toads was a standout in this category. He used an idea so simple it did not need instructions and created a humorous and clever work of art that is both an entertaining board game and exciting online offering. The artwork appeals to both children and adults and plays beautifully on Queensland’s profound parochialism during the State of Origin series. A fun, charming, yet sophisticated idea, very well executed.”

    Photography – News Photograph- Metropolitan

    Sponsored by Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance

    Winner

    • Luke Marsden, The Courier-Mail/ The Sunday Mail, Kindergarten Cops

    Finalists

    • Liam Kidston, News Corp Australia, Beirut Bungle
    • Jono Searle, News Queensland, Toolbox Tomb

    Highly Commended

    • Annette Dew

    Judges’ comments:

    “This powerful image by Luke Marsden graphically illustrates the problem of a town under siege, where gangs of drug-affected children as young as six roam the streets of Mt Isa committing crimes and acts of violence. The viewer is struck by the age of these children and the situation in which they find themselves. We often see images of adults in this situation but it is shocking to see children as young as these being questioned by police when they should be in bed. One child is seen trying to hide a paint can which he had been sniffing from the police. It’s a timely image given the controversy surrounding youth detention centres. Luke has expertly shown understanding of the ability of his camera to capture the sombre mood of this image using only the available street light.”

    Photography – Photographic Essay

    Sponsored by Media Super

    Winner

    • Liam Kidston, News Corp. Australia, Beirut Bungle

    Finalists

    • Brian Cassey, News Corp, Manus – Heaven & Hell
    • Tara Croser, News Corp Australia, One Punch: Cole Miller

    Judges’ comments:

    “The jailing of the 60 minutes team and Brisbane mother Sally Faulkner was one of the biggest stories of the year. This was a tough assignment in a foreign country where news crews had been faced with deportation for doing their job. Liam was also under constant threat of arrest and confiscation of his gear. It’s a job where his pre-planning and use of local knowledge paid off. Showing a mastery of his craft, Liam was able to capture all the major players at crucial moments in the last days of the saga. Using contacts and working out various scenarios before their release, he was able to shoot and even follow them through three airports back to Australia. After talking his way up to the First Class Cabin he surprised the 60 Minutes crew and took a picture they never wanted to be taken – showing their real celebration, sipping Dom Perignon. This was a telling contrast to the situation Ms Faulkner found herself where she was forced to leave her children behind with her estranged husband and the child recovery crew in jail.”

    Photography – Sports Photography

    Sponsored by Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance

    Winner

    • Luke Marsden, The Courier-Mail, Capsize

    Finalists

    • Chris Hyde, Getty Images, Domination
    • Wesley Monts, The Townsville Bulletin, Kickass Bull

    Judges’ comments:

    “Luke Marsden’s “Capsize” captures the moment an irresistible force meets a very movable object. Perfectly framed and focussed, this image of the Mermaid Beach surf boat crew being tossed into the sea by a churning wave is as iconic as it is frightening. Marsden has summed up in a single frame the courage and conviction needed to tackle the rising swell. The photo also captured the panic and determination on the faces of the crew.”

    Print/Text – Feature Article

    Sponsored by Local Government Association of Queensland

    Winner

    • Kate Kyriacou, The Courier-Mail/The Sunday Mail, Ravenshoe – the untold story

    Finalists

    • Trent Dalton, The Australian, Tiahleigh Palmer
    • Susan Johnson, The Courier Mail, Breast Cancer

    Highly Commended

    • Casandra Garvey

    Judges’ comments:

    “This was a story easily forgotten because of its remoteness from the big newsgathering centres of the state. By going back to it, Kate ensured it wasn’t. She had to win the trust of those involved in the terrible tragedy and talk to many people before crafting a beautiful narrative. She clearly worked hard to win the trust of those involved for a piece of writing which evoked deep emotions. Her feature, describing the number of lives saved and the actions of those who saved them showed the incredible community spirit of Ravenshoe which is permanently celebrated thanks to this piece of journalism.”

    Print/Text – News Report

    Sponsored by Channel Nine Brisbane

    Winner

    • Kate Kyriacou, The Courier-Mail/Sunday Mail, Five hours to catch a killer

    Finalists

    • Sarah Vogler, Matthew Killoran, The Courier-Mail/The Australian, Carmody
    • Sarah Elks, The Australian, Unmasking Terry Smith

    Judges’ comments:

    “A dogged determination to get the story combined with a mountain of research and a great ear for telling a story made Kate’s work the standout from a highly competitive field of entries. Daniel Morcombe’s murder was a profoundly traumatic event for Queensland and only someone able to pass the multiple tests of the highest journalistic standards, respect for the truth and empathy for those affected by his loss could do the story justice. Kate’s focus on the undercover officer whose work touched off the covert operation that led to the conviction of Daniel’s killer is a masterful telling of a crucial aspect of this awful story.”

    Print /Text – Best Three Headings

    Sponsored by Seven Network

    Winner

    • Baz McAlister, News Corp, Threat Level: Hilux

    Finalists

    • Gareth Hose, The Courier-Mail, Three Headings
    • Matt Oberhardt, The Courier-Mail, Turn Back The Bros

    Judges’ comments:

    “Baz McAlister’s entry highlights his ability to consistently produce insightful, witty and contextualised headlines which are both entertaining and clever. “Threat Level Hilux” neatly encapsulated a story claiming stolen Utes were being used to fund ISIS. “Ready, Jedi, Dough” illustrated the vast profits expected to made by the latest Star Wars instalment and “Liar Belle for Prosecution” summed up the massive penalties faced by cancer fraudster Belle Gibson, with an expert play on words.”

    Radio – Current Affairs, Feature Documentary or Special

    Sponsored by Queensland Police Union

    Winner

    • Elly Bradfield, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, St George’s ice struggle

    Finalists

    • David Lewis, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Queer, young, and homeless
    • Mark Willacy, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Hopeland

    Judges’ comments:

    “Elly Bradfield’s story about the scourge of ice in her beloved home town of St George was beautifully crafted, insightful and compelling. She tackled a difficult subject with sensitivity and a genuine desire to understand the issue from all angles, interviewing a former addict, a police officer, the local hospital medical superintendent, and a community worker who was also the mother of an ice user, to discover the emotional, financial and physical toll of the drug on individuals and the wider community. Elly employed a range of devices to make superb use of the medium, including music, natural sound and innovative editing. The end result was powerful, authentic and touching. This is the art of audio storytelling.”

    Radio – News Report

    Sponsored by Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance

    Winner

    • Isobel Roe, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Oakey contamination scare

    Finalists

    • Kallee Buchanan, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Queensland vets charged over Hendra Virus
    • Nick Wiggins, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, LNP Leadership Spill

    Judges’ comments:

    “Isobel Roe’s report into contamination near the Oakey Army Base displayed initiative, perseverance and the ability to establish and maintain contacts in the local community. The radio reports are newsworthy, well-written and well presented. The exclusive angles were followed by other media, and the story has become a national issue. The journalist was also able to communicate a complex story within the constraints of a radio report, and include personal stories of those affected.”

    Regional & Community – Print/ Text: News Report

    Sponsored by Ipswich City Council

    Winner

    • Grace Mason, The Cairns Post, Member Exposed

    Finalists

    • Adam Davies, Joel Gould, Australian Regional Media, Reckless Jo
    • Andrew Potts, Paul Weston, Wayne Watson, Gold Coast Bulletin, Trojan Council

    Judges’ comments:

    “The judges were highly impressed by the strong standard of work by regional journalists. All three finalists were worthy of merit and demonstrate the power of regional contacts in breaking stories of statewide significance. Grace Mason’s entry Member Exposed was a genuine exclusive with serious political ramifications. On a day a State MP was cleared of allegations of domestic violence, her article revealed a new investigation into inappropriate text messages. This was outstanding work, followed extensively by other media outlets, and with the potential to bring down the government of the day. The judges particularly commended the Gold Coast team of Andrew Potts and Paul Weston for the entry Trojan Council and recognised their extensive research and comprehensive coverage exposing issues with wider implications for regional communities.”

    Regional & Community – Broadcast Report

    Sponsored by Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance

    Winner

    • Elly Bradfield, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, St George’s ice struggle

    Finalists

    • Allyson Horn, ABC News Townsville, Regional Queensland: Body of work
    • Mary McCarthy, ABC Sunshine Coast , Queensland authorities powerless to stop rising land clearing rates

    Judges’ comments:

    “In a high-quality field with a very healthy number of entries from across Queensland, Elly Bradfield’s mini-documentary “St George’s Ice Struggle” is an exceptional example of broadcast journalism. Within seconds, Elly hooks you in with her personal connection to and childhood memories of this town, and the hint of a dark underbelly about to be revealed, then by subverting her narrative from “me” and “I” to powerful use of the word “you”, she forces you to consider that this is not just a story about one town, that it could be playing out somewhere near you. Elly demonstrates lavish and complex use of sound – often just a few seconds of something (eg the bakery, the pub) to create a mental image – and a high quality grasp of radio production. Natural sound, well-chosen music, Elly’s clever storytelling and a range of voices (honest, open and compelling) are woven together seamlessly to bring the story alive, to take you into this community, to create an eye-opening, emotional and informative insight. The judges congratulate Elly Bradfield on winning the 2016 Clarion for Regional/Community Broadcast Report.”

    Regional & Community – Print /Text: Feature Article or Opinion

    Sponsored by Council on the Ageing (COTA)

    Winner

    • Vani Naidoo, APN Australian Regional Media, Pucker up for progress, Giving the homeless hope,& Laying cancer bare

    Finalists

    • Sherele Moody, APN Australian Regional Media, Learning to live life in the face of death
    • Kylie Bartholomew, Annie Gaffney, ABC Sunshine Coast , Queensland kindergarten gives toy gun licences to kids

    Judges’ comments:

    “Vani Naidoo was the standout winner in this category for her well-written and moving feature articles on breast cancer, mental illness and homelessness. Vani showed great skill in dealing with these complex issues in a sensitive manner, offering a range of voices and perspectives on the topics she covered. She also showed immense talent in her writing style, crafting beautifully written pieces that were very moving for the reader. Her article on young mother Lana Rhodes and the challenges she has faced following a double mastectomy (beautifully illustrated by Mike Richards) was an extraordinary piece of journalism.”

    Regional & Community – News Photograph

    Sponsored by Clovely Wine Estate

    Winner

    • Glenn Hampson, Gold Coast Bulletin, Pot of Gold

    Finalists

    • Marc McCormack, Cairns Post, Running Man
    • Anna Rogers, Cairns Post, Punched

    Highly Commended

    • Alistair Brightman

    Judges’ comments:

    “The entries were of an extremely high standard with entrants showing an acute understanding of their community to give themselves the best opportunity to capture the shot. Glen used his knowledge of the Gold Coast surf and in his own words “a large slice of luck’’ to photograph a stunning image that judges were unanimous was the clear winner. The image was well composed and he executed the shot at the right angle to enhance the light of the sun and hint of the rainbow to perfectly capture the weather event.”

    Television – Current Affairs, Feature Documentary

    Sponsored by Queensland Police Union

    Winner

    • Mark Willacy, Ben Hawk, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Into the Zone

    Finalists

    • Chris Allen, Allan O’Brien, Nine Network, Cage Boy
    • Josh Bavas, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Body of Work – Outback Dinos

    Highly Commended

    • Heidi Rexa

    Judges’ comments:

    “The standard of entries in this category was incredibly high and the content very diverse; however ‘Into the Zone’ was the unanimous choice for the judging panel. Mark Willacy’s return to Fukushima, five years after a tsunami swamped the local nuclear plant resulted in a standout piece of investigative journalism that stays with the viewer long after the piece concludes. Willacy and his producer Ben Hawke were given unique access to the facility and revealed for the first time that the operator of the plant is yet to pinpoint the exact location of the 600-plus tonnes of nuclear fuel that melted in the disaster. The haunting account of the disaster through the eyes of elderly locals juxtaposed with the harsh scientific evident delivered a well-written, well-researched real life horror story with significant impact.”

    Television – The John Bean Award for News and Current Affairs Camerawork

    Sponsored by Australian Broadcasting Corporation

    Winner

    • Luke Dorrington, Seven Network, North Queensland Drought

    Finalists

    • Jonathan Lea, Network Ten- Eyewitness News, The Cuban Question
    • Craig McDonald, Seven West Media, A cross section of Townsville News

    Judges’ comments:

    “We congratulate all the entrants this Year and are happy to see entries from regional areas. Even though the numbers were down on previous years, the standard of entries are up to the high standard we expect. Special mention must be made of one of our finalists this year. Jonathan lea who is predominately a journalist, has made the transition to being a VJ(video Journalist) The combining of two skills is a tough task and is now a growing trend in the industry. It is hoped that next year we will have a separate category for this growing sector of the media. To this year’s winner of the John Bean Award. This work demonstrates all the skills needed to tell a story with pictures: to be innovative and resourceful, while at the same time, meeting the daily demands of the turnaround required in the instant news environment. Again encouragement is given to all cinematographers to enter their work in the future.”

    Television News Report

    Sponsored by Queensland University of Technology – Creative Industries

    Winner

    • Darren Curtis, Nine Network, Jakarta Bombing

    Finalists

    • Stefan Armbruster, SBS World News, Solomons ‘disaster’ gold mine
    • Max Futcher, Andrew Currie, Paula Doneman, Seven Network, Tinny Terror

    Judges’ comments:

    “The calibre of entries in this year’s TV News Report category was exceptional. The judges feel the bar has been raised dramatically and the diversity of the work entered shows enormous depth in Queensland broadcast journalism. From breaking news events to in-depth investigations into international matters of national importance, the standard of the entries made selecting a winner extremely difficult. The winner in this category covered a significant international event but with the in-depth research and mastery of technology that lifted it beyond a breaking news report. It was informative and compelling, and showed great tenacity in the details Curtis was able to uncover.”

    Most Outstanding Contribution to Journalism

    Sponsored by The University of Queensland

    Winner

    • Kay McGrath, Seven Network

    2016 Queensland Journalist of the year     

    Sponsored by Griffith University

    Winner

    • Sarah Elks, The Australian

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    2014 Queensland Journalist of the Year

    Winner

    • Leisa Scott, QWeekend

    What the Judges said:

    Leisa Scott’s article focused initially on the personal aspects associated with people who were preparing to die, then segued flawlessly into a broader discussion of the hugely important implications for society of the expensive struggle to keep people alive when in fact their time has come. The topic is difficult, and as a result often gets overlooked. This work, carried out over months, was self-generated. There was no PR machine, no agenda, no product to sell – just a skilful and compassionate concentration on the tragic and personal that prompted a much-needed debate about planning for a “good death”.

    Most Outstanding Contribution to Journalism

    Sponsored by The University of Queensland

    Winner

    • Cathie Schnitzerling

    What the Judges said:

    First Female Metropolitan News Director wins Most Outstanding Contribution to Journalism.

    CATHIE SCHNITZERLING

    QLD Clarions awarded Cathie, or Schnitz as she is known, the prestigious award for the profound impact on young Queensland journalists she has worked with – first as a producer, then as news director of Channel Ten, Queensland (TVQ). She has helped countless young journalists build their careers, though mentoring, guidance and support.

    She was well known for the backing she gave to her reporters, guided them and skilfully managed the difficult task of overseeing a first class news service with ever-diminishing resources.

    Her focus was always fearless journalism, telling the stories of all Queenslanders, not just those in Brisbane, and cutting through the PR spin.

    She is a role model for journalists everywhere and for women in particular, even after hanging up the Journalist title she continues to champion and mentor young Journalists. Cathie is now on the Women in Media Queensland Committee and has taken responsibility for building the mentoring programme here in Queensland.

    All Media – Broadcast Interview

    Sponsored by Queensland Police Union

    Winner

    • Matt WordsworthABC 7:30 Report, 30 Qld Political Interviews
      What the Judges said:

    The judges were impressed with the diversity of stories in this category and especially some regional Queensland contributions. Overall, given the strong field, the judges believed there was one outstanding entrant. His entry covered a range of strong studio interviews. This journalist completed a thorough examination of a major story, which led to legal proceedings and a CMC corruption investigation. The judges took special note of the fact several of these interviews set the news agenda for weeks ahead. In on story the Deputy Premier eventually admitted regret at his handling of the Palmer issue. The broadcast journalist showed a solid and probing line of questioning throughout. He is worthy winner.

    Finalists

    • Nance Haxton, ABC Radio The World Today, The Bravery of Lois and Juris Greste
    • Peter McCutcheon and John Taylor, ABC Radio AM, Red Hot Prospect

    All Media – Business Journalism

    Winner

    • Trent DaltonThe Weekend Australian Magazine,Troubled Waters

    What the Judges said:

    Business stories are often dominated by numbers and statistics. Trent put a human face to job losses. He responded quickly to a breaking story and put himself outside the gates of the BP Refinery to find a retrenched worker willing to take him into their home and tell their family’s story. It resulted in a deeply personal account of the loss of a family’s belief system. Dalton got out of the office and put himself in the way of the story.

    Finalists

    • Liam Walsh, The Courier Mail/Gold Coast Bulletin, Mick Doohan Inc
    • Owen Jacques, Mackay Daily Mercury,Demand an end to 100% FIFO

    All Media – Commentary, Analysis, Opinion & Critique

    Sponsored by Three Plus Pty Ltd

    Winner

    • Kylie LangThe Sunday Mail, Kylie Lang on Sunday: The Heart of the Matter

    What the Judges said:

    The judges noted the extraordinary breadth of topic and subject matter Kylie covered. The research in her columns adds extra depth to each piece and her writing holds broad appeal.

    Highly Commended

    • Kim Stephens, Brisbane Times,There’s No Bravery in No Make-Up Selfies

    Finalists

    • Michael McKenna, The Australian, Politics in Queensland
    • Steven Wardill, The Courier Mail, Steven Wardill’s Analysis

    All Media – Health and Wellness

    Sponsored by Health NGO’s Queensland

    Winner

    • Elise WorthingtonABC 7:30, High Risk Decisions

    What the Judges said:

    The judges felt the overall quality of entries was high however there was one that clearly demonstrated how powerful story telling can impact public attitudes to health & well being. Whilst advances in genetic testing have bought great hope to those such as Elise it does however present a challenging and complex set of questions to those women carrying the gene. Juxtaposing her journey with that of her mother’s story touched many and provoked large numbers of women to explore their own risk of hereditary cancer. Elise used a range of storytelling techniques to construct a compelling narrative that clearly mapped out the medical, psychological and emotional challenges she and others face upon discovering they carry BRCA1 gene mutation. It was thoughtful, confronting and gripping.

    Finalists

    • Aaron Smith, Torres News, Sick to the Back Teeth
    • Trent Dalton, The Weekend Australian Magazine, Front Line

    All Media – Indigenous Issues Reporting

    Sponsored by James Cook University

    Winner

    • Aaron Smith, Torres News, Body of Work: Torres Strait Dental

    What the Judges said:

    The judges welcomed Aaron’s entry that highlighted a health issue of vital importance to his newspapers readership but one that would escape scrutiny in the wider mainstream media. Given the comparatively limited resources available to remote independent media, the judges recognised Aaron’s effort in maintaining a campaign highlighting his region’s lack of access to dental services and eventually forced a bureaucratic review. Aaron’s work is a strong example of successful crusading journalism on a local scale.

    Finalists

    • Michael McKenna, The Australian/The Australian Weekend,Body of Work: Alcohol Plan
    • Nance Haxton,ABC Radio AM/The World Today, Body of Work: Various

    All Media – Most Outstanding Journalism Student – Metropolitan Campus

    Sponsored by Media Super

    Winner

    • Jesse ThompsonThe University of Queensland, Body of Work

    What the Judges said:

    Jesse’s radio documentary on how mining ruined the Darling Downs town of Acland was the stand-out entry. He clearly put in a huge effort researching the story and tracking down former residents while demonstrating outstanding technical skills in crafting his report. His body of work revealed an enterprising young journalist who can spot a compelling story and make it relevant to the news consumer.

    Highly Commended

    • Saskia Edwards, QUT, Body of Work

    Finalists

    • Pak Yiu , The University of Queensland, Body of Work

    All Media – Most Outstanding Journalism Student – Regional Campus

    Sponsored by Media Super

    Winner

    • Nicole MaddenUniversity of SunshineCoast, Body of Work

    What the Judges said:

    Nicole’s body of work demonstrated initiative and the ability to spot a story then deliver it on a broad range of platforms. Her broadcast work showcased good interviewing skills and her print work was well constructed.

    Finalists

    • Daisy Hatfield,Sunshine Coast University, Body of Work
    • Susan Ross, Sunshine Coast University, Body of Work

    All Media – Multicultural Queensland Award

    Sponsored by Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland

    Winner

    • Nance Haxton,ABC Radio PM, Hope For The Future

    What the Judges said:

    Nance Haxton’s Hope for the future showcase great use of long format journalism in reporting complex social issues. Focusing on the Logan region, the journalist gives the listeners greater insight in to the complexities, trials and tribulations of multicultural societies. The series of longer format radio stories examine in-depth, the tension and hope facing different cultures living in close proximity to each other. The series showcases a remarkable body of work and journalistic insight, and shines a piercing light into cultural stereotypes, misconceptions and socio-political rhetoric. Through the effective use of long format journalism, the journalist provides context to breaking news, effectively balancing the challenge of exclusive reports and the need to stay ahead of the story, with a pragmatic objectivity that penetrates the issues beneath the surface. Hope for the future is issue-based multicultural journalism at its best.

    Highly Commended

    • Arthur Gorrie, The Gympie Times, Honest Dollah

    The Judges said:

    Arthur Gorrie’s Honest Dollah is a well-crafted series of stories that takes the reader on a journey. The journalist transforms a routine Good Samaritan story into something much more, rejecting preconceived notions of refugees currently flavouring contemporary discourse and replacing it with the portrayal of sincere, hardworking and honest man. Presenting him as the loneliest man in Gympie, the journalist invites the local community to rally around him. The series builds suspense as concerns for his family are raised, and engages the reader’s attention though a series of articles that provide a hyper-local focus on a human tragedy unfolding in another part of the world. Honest Dollah a great example of community building multicultural journalism.

    Finalists

    • Leanne Edmistone, The Courier Mail, Boom, Big Picture Stands Out From the Herd

    All Media – Rural Journalism

    Sponsored by Rural Press Club

    Winner

    • Pip CourtneyABC Landline, Horns of a Dilemma

    What the Judges said:

    The winning entry clearly stood out for its courageous reporting.

    While it was difficult to judge stories with long production lead times compared with daily news deadlines across various platforms , “Horns of a Dilemma” bravely shone a light on an issue rarely reported.

    Pip Courtney’s tenacity across 20 years in trying to report on the issue paid off, fulfilling one of the key tests of journalism.

    The story handled a sensitive issue tastefully, fairly and comprehensively. It was responsible reporting on a controversial issue of significant relevance that had been largely hidden away.

    The judges were impressed with the high quality of entries showing the rich diversity of content and extensive reporting in this category.

    In particular, the reporting on the drought across Queensland was impressive in the way it represented the emotional extent of the crisis through people – in powerful words and heart-breaking pictures.

    Highly Commended

    • Miriam Hall, ABC Radio, Cattle Producers Urge Government to Help as Drought Worsens

    Finalists

    • Owen Jacques, Mackay Daily Mercury, Demand an end to 100% FIFO
    • Neil Warren, Shane Webcke and Luke Dorrington, Seven News, Webby Goes Bush

    All Media – Social Issues Reporting

    Winner

    • Jamie WalkerThe Weekend Australian Magazine, Losing My Religion

    What the Judges said:

    Jamie Walker’s thoughtful and searingly honest magazine feature took readers into the heart of a churchman who lost faith. Pat Comben, a former Queensland Government cabinet minister, lost faith in his own church, and even himself, because of what he saw and what he became a part of while mishandling the desperate pleas for help from victims of sexual and physical abuse by church employees. Tommy Campion, one of Queensland’s most outstanding newspaper photographers, was one of those victims. In telling their story, Jamie displayed compassion, integrity, and an outstanding writing style that captivated readers.

    Finalists

    • David Lewis, ABC 7:30, Veteran Surfer Reveals Sexual Seachange
    • Trent Dalton, The Weekend Australian Magazine, To Hell and Back

    All Media – Sports Journalism

    Sponsored by Lion

    Winner

    • Andrew HamiltonThe Courier Mail, The Battle For Brisbane

    What the Judges said:

    The Australian obsession with sport usually confines itself to what happens on the sporting field. However, in “The Battle for Brisbane”’ Andrew Hamilton has gone much further. This true-life sporting drama examines all that underpins an iconic football brand and makes those memorable game days possible. From board room tussles to property development disputes, Hamilton recaptures the hallmark tensions that characterised memorable Lions victories in this, a fight for the club’s survival.

    Finalists

    • Phil Lutton, Brisbane Times/Sydney Morning Herald/The Age, An Experiment in Power: Leapai’s Super-Punch Revealed
    • Kirstin Murray and Kent Gordon, ABC Australian Story, All the Right Moves – Kieren Perkins

    All Media – New Journalist of the Year

    Sponsored by Qld Parliamentary Media Gallery

    Winner

    • Emma McBrydeThe Morning Bulletin, Body of Work

    What the Judges said:

    Emma went to impressive lengths to ensure a refugee could tell his heartbreaking struggle to start a new life. She spoke with three translators, a lawyer and other sources to deliver compelling stories that needed to be told. Her persistence took readers behind the explosive headlines from the Royal Commission into sex abuse and produced an engaging four-page read that was hard to put down.

    Finalists

    • Alyse Edwards, ABC TV/ABC Radio/Radio Australia, Curiosity and Candour
    • Mackenzie Ravn, Gold Coast Bulletin, Body of Work
    • Alex Bernhardt, Nine News – Gold Coast, Body of Work

    All Media – Investigative Journalism

    Winner

    • Michael McKennaThe Australian, In Business with the Obeids

    What the Judges said:

    This investigation showed the Director-General of Premier’s Department corporate links and forced admissions that he was aware of the Obeid family ties with Australian Water Holdings and the company’s push into Queensland. McKenna stayed with the story despite The Australian newspaper being threatened twice with lawsuits. The stories resulted in the Director-General divesting his business interests. McKenna showed dogged determination in the face of adversity.

    Finalists

    • Owen Jacques, Sunshine Coast Daily, One Bulk Carrier, Three Dead, No Answers
    • Daniel Burdon, Gladstone Observer, Toxic Omissions

    Online – Online Journalism

    Sponsored by University of Sunshine Coast

    Winner

    • Brisbane Times Group EntryBrisbane Times, House of Power

    What the Judges said:

    This was an incredibly strong category with many notable entries showcasing a broad range of online journalism techniques which made it difficult to judge. The Brisbane Times team entry demonstrates excellent use of online immediacy to deliver rolling news coverage to the audience. The team incorporates multimedia well and shows strong audience engagement through material sourced from the audience and on the ground reporters.

    Finalists

    • The Australian Group Entry, The Australian, Cinderella Man
    • Gemma Deavin, ABC Open, The Crocodile Removalists
    • The Courier Mail Group Entry (Kate Kyriacou, David Murray, Peter Hall, Renee Viellaris), The Courier Mail, Catching the Devil

    Photography – News Photograph

    Winner

    • Mark CallejaThe Courier Mail, Loss

    What the Judges said:

    This was a stand-out entry. Mark captured the key moment of grief to produce a powerful image, in difficult and highly sensitive circumstances.

    Finalists

    • Jack Tran, com.au, Dejected Former PM Kevin Rudd
    • Brian Cassey, The Australian, Katter and a Cup of Tea

    Photography – Photographic Essay

    Winner

    • Lisa ClarkeABC Open, The Faces of Poverty

    What the Judges said:

    Lisa’s story telling drags to the heart of poverty. The images allow you to become a first-hand observer with no intervention.

    Finalists

    • Brian Cassey, The Courier Mail/The Australian, The Other Side of Manus
    • Allan Reinikka, The Morning Bulletin,The Clown

    Photography – Sports Photography

    Winner

    • Jono SearleThe Daily Telegraph, Mitch’s Ashes

    What the Judges said:

    Jono captured the moment when Australia believed it could re-take the Ashes. Mitch was up, Australia was up, and Jono framed it beautifully.

    Finalists

    • Jack Tran, The Weekend Australian Magazine, Not Drowning, Fighting
    • Evan Morgan, QWeekend, Crash Landing

    Print/Online – Feature Article

    Sponsored by Local Government Association of Queensland

    Winner

    • Leisa ScottQWeekend, We Need to Talk About Dying

    What the Judges said:

    The judges found this to be a thought-provoking foray into a subject that is not mainstream news nor often discussed publicly but one all families and medical practitioners grapple with. The intimacy of one person’s experience was balanced with sound, candid and non-sensational interviews with professionals involved in end of life care and medical decisions surrounding serious illness. The panel appreciated her initiative, research and selection of five interview subjects along with the trust those sources placed in her integrity and skill as a writer. The result was a compelling article.

    Finalists

    • Leanne Edmistone, QWeekend/The Courier Mail, Marked for Life
    • Michael McKenna, Rosanne Barrett and Sarah Elks, The Australian, The Mounties Sting that Lured a Killer

    Print/Online – News Report

    Sponsored by Chanel Nine Brisbane

    Winner

    • Sarah Vogler, Kate McKenna, Robyn Ironside and Steven WardillThe Courier Mail, Watchdog Controversy

    What the Judges said:

    There was quite a spread of news treatments in this category, making the decision even harder than normal. A number of entries were worthy of awards in their own right, touching as they did on issues of significance to the community at large, and in some cases using individual stories to tease out important aspects that have eluded general scrutiny. However the judges felt “Watchdog Controversy”, by Sarah Vogler and group, was an excellent example of what journalism can do exceptionally well when an organisation throws its resources – including its highly skilled people – into covering a confused, confusing, fast-breaking and historic news event.

    Finalists

    • Hedley Thomas, The Australian,Clive’s Chinese Takeaway
    • Michael McKenna, Rosanne Barrett and Sarah Elks, The Australian, Mr Big and the Daniel Morcombe Verdict

    Print /Online – Best Three Headings

    Sponsored by Seven Network Brisbane

    Winner

    • Ken Robinson and Brad RicksGold Coast Bulletin, “Game of Thrones”, “Cent a Metre” and in collaboration with Brad Ricks “Is that a Schnauzer Down your Trousers”

    What the Judges said:

    This is always a well-contested section and many entries this year were of a high calibre. In a work environment that places increasing demands and volume on subs, it was heartening that the work entered this year demonstrated freshness and originality. The judges felt they were presented with a field of clever, relevant headlines. Ken Robinson’s entry featured clever headlines in a tight space which were supported by equally clever subheadings. Lateral thinking was particularly evident in ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Cent a Metre,’ which each demonstrated wit and relevance, while still being easily understood.

    Finalists

    • Baz McAlister, The Courier Mail/The Sunday Mail, Body of Work
    • Michael Westlake, The Courier Mail,Cattle, Lions and Lams

    Radio – Current Affairs, Feature Documentary or Special

    Sponsored by Griffith University

    Winner

    • Amanda GearingABC Radio National, A Living Sacrifice

    What the Judges said:

    This remarkable story about a woman who survived having her throat cut when she was a young girl by her psychotic mother attempting to offer her up as a human sacrifice was exceptionally well told. We hear in a series of uninterrupted accounts a sometimes chilling and revealing description of exactly what happened from the victim, from her father and from one of the doctors in Dalby who saved her life. Amanda Gearing won the trust and confidence of Susannah and her father. And she managed to track down the reluctant, now retired, surgeon to elicit a vivid account of how they kept her alive. The item explores what Amanda calls “one of the last taboos – mothers with serious mental illnesses who are violent towards their children”. What helped make this such an outstanding documentary is the way the story is woven together utilising a range of excellent radio production techniques. It makes absolutely compelling listening. As Amanda says the “result is an intimate portrait that allows Susannah’s strength of character to shine through” and that it also reveals “for possibly the first time, a person speaking publicly about being an intended child sacrifice.”

    Finalists

    • Mark Willacy and Mark Solomons, ABC Radio PM, Queensland Inc
    • Rebecca McLaren, ABC Local Radio Queensland, PTSD Treatment

    Radio – News Report

    Winner

    • Melinda Howells,ABC Radio News, Driscoll’s Downfall

    What the Judges said:

    The entries in this category covered major news stories with applicants showing a good variety in the way that they told their stories considering they are often facing he pressures of hourly deadlines. The use of up sound ups and natural sound added to the medium and made the radio stories far more compelling. In deciding on a winner, the judges believed the entrant stood out as she managed a great ‘get’ to secure an exclusive interview with a controversial politician. The entrant also showed in her body of work good ‘breaking news’ live into the morning show regarding the expulsion recommendation. The radio journalist stayed with the story across the day with solid analysis. She also showed an excellent breaking news report on his resignation, getting to air within seconds in the afternoon show. The winner showed a very impressive use of the medium.

    Finalists

    • Mark Willacy and Mark Solomons, ABC Radio News, Ipswich Donations
    • Nick Wiggins, 4BC News, Redcliffe By-Election

    Regional & Community – Print/ Online News Report

    Sponsored by Ipswich City Council

    Winner

    • Owen JacquesSunshine Coast Daily, One Bulk Carrier, Three Dead, No Answers

    What the Judges said:

    There were a high quality range of entries, which shows that regional news reporting is alive and well. There’s an extraordinary amount of work by regional journalists conducting campaigns on behalf of their communities. Owen’s comprehensive reports chased down every lead. This was a local, state and international story, which resulted in a coronial inquest. The story ticked all the boxes – accuracy, storytelling, newsworthiness, ethics, research and impact as a regional journo.

    Highly Commended

    • Emma McBryde, The Morning Bulletin, The Forgotten Australian who will Never Forget

    The Judges said:

    Emma’s stories were beautifully written. Sensitive and searing accounts of abuse in institutions.

    Finalists

    • Aaron Smith, Torres News, Sick to the Back Teeth

    Regional & Community – Broadcast Report

    Winner

    • Allyson HornABC 7:30 Qld/ABC 24, Body of Work: North Queensland

    What the Judges said:

    The judges weighed up newsworthiness, quality of research, public impact and the creative use of the medium. Allyson Horn presented a body of work, which demonstrated consistent quality in reporting emerging regional issues. Her reports on child abuse, chroming, agricultural prices and insurance cover after natural disasters are also relevant to a national audience. The reports showed Allyson’s effectiveness in searching out stories in her local community and the stories have impacted on government policy.

    Finalists

    • Josh Bavas, ABC 7:30 Qld/ABC Online, Uncovering the Townsville Mutiny
    • Nicole Bond, ABC 7:30 Qld, Outback Health Services Win More

    Regional & Community – Feature Article or Opinion

    Sponsored by Council on the Ageing (COTA)

    Winner

    • Stephanie KayFraser Coast Chronicle, Beating Bowel Cancer

    What the Judges said:

    In a very strong field of entries, Stephanie Kay’s feature was a stand-out piece of writing. Diagnosed with bowel cancer at just 21, Stephanie took the brave step of sharing her experience in a story that was emotive, honest and compelling. It was able to tell the story from an insider’s perspective but was also meticulous in its research of the disease.

    Finalists

    • Vani Naidoo, APN, Body of Work
    • Emma Greenwood, Gold Coast Bulletin, He Who Dares Lives

    Regional & Community – News Photograph

    Sponsored by Australian Broadcasting Corporation

    Winner

    • Evan MorganTownsville Bulletin, Lost Love

    What the Judges said:

    Evan has frozen a moment of distress when the viewer can see and feel the empathy between the three women in the photograph. It is a hard news image that showed a degree of warmth that is rarely seen.

    Finalists

    • Marc McCormack, The Cairns Post, Wanted For Murder
    • Glenn Hampson, Gold Coast Bulletin, Waves of Sheer Emotion

    Television – Current Affairs, Feature Documentary

    Sponsored by Queensland Police Union

    Winner

    • Elise WorthingtonABC 7:30, High Risk Decisions

    What the Judges said:

    The judges felt the overall quality of entries was high however there was one that clearly demonstrated how powerful story telling can impact public attitudes to health & wellbeing. Whilst advances in genetic testing have bought great hope to those such as Elise it does however present a challenging and complex set of questions to those women carrying the gene. Juxtaposing her journey with that of her mother’s story touched many and provoked large numbers of women to explore their own risk of hereditary cancer. Elise used a range of storytelling techniques to construct a compelling narrative that clearly mapped out the medical, psychological and emotional challenges she and others face upon discovering they carry BRCA1 gene mutation. It was thoughtful, confronting and gripping.

    Finalists

    • Mark Willacy and Mark Solomons, ABC 7:30, Queensland Inc
    • Peter McCutcheon, John Taylor and David McSween, ABC 7:30, Benefit of the Doubt

    Television – The John Bean Award for News and Current Affairs Camerawork

    Sponsored by Australian Broadcasting Corporation

    Winner

    • Deon DavisNetwork TEN – Revealed, Restoration Island

    What the Judges said:

    As a single person crew Deon has achieved a production that takes the story to a more interesting and polished level. His shot selection was rich and diverse, while keeping the story in the foremost.

    Highly Commended

    • Dean Squire, BBC World/Domestic TV News, Typhoon Haiyan

    Television News Report

    Winner

    • Carly Waters and Paula DonemanSeven News, Leading Investigation

    What the Judges said:

    This story was exclusive in the true essence of the word. Carly Waters and Paula Doneman used their extensive contact base to provide viewers with a compelling tale – on a story, which was being covered extensively by all forms or media. Strong, well-researched vision provided a riveting insight into a police investigation which landed the arrest of a man many people wanted to know more about. Journalistic tenacity gave this report an edge representative of all components of great story-telling. In two parts, it told of the investigation, and later about the background of a man, the community had come to despise. It was concise and powerful, yet thorough. Over a long period of research time the entrants demonstrated fine use of their craft, delivering exclusive vision and untold information in a sensitive and compassionate manner. In a strong category, judges felt this entry was an example of overall journalistic excellence.

    Finalists

    • Seven News Team Group Entry (Kay McGrath, Bill McDonald, Carly Waters, Peter Doherty and Paula Doneman), Seven News, The Daniel Morcombe Trial Verdict
    • Nine News Team Group Entry (Darren Curtis and Kirsty Johansen), Nine News, Police Shooting

  • 2013 winners

    Queensland Journalist of the Year
    Sponsor: 
    Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance

     

    Winner: Mark Solomons and Kelmeny Fraser – The Courier-Mail, Driscoll Story  

    The judges said…

    The award for Journalist of the Year goes this year, unusually, to two journalists – two reporters who between them produced a stunning and significant series of reports. The work they did brought to light contemporary corruption, and did so in a way reminiscent of clever barristers in court – never asking questions to which they did not already know the answers. Given the immediacy and constant pressure of today’s 24-hour news cycle, where the only real deadline is “right now”, they must have been tempted to splash with a comprehensive story telling all they knew. But by keeping their powder dry and using it sparingly they effectively lured the subject into making claims they soon disproved. Their work will be viewed by politicians of all stripes as a warning that the fourth estate is still vital – and watching. The joint winners of the Clarions 2013 Journalist of the Year award are Mark Solomons and Kelmeny Fraser

    Most Outstanding Contribution to Journalism
    Sponsor: 
    University of Queensland

     

    Winner: Paul  Reed, Nine Newtork
    The judges said…
    This award not only recognises lifetime achievement but skill, dedication and, often, sheer determination. This year’s winner recently retired from active journalism but his legacy will live on. That’s because for the past 44 years, he has been a true believer. A devotee of a school of journalism that will never go out of fashion – quite simply to chase, question and then chase some more. It was this thirst for news that drove his career. It also shaped nightly bulletins, and the careers of hundreds of young reporters, producers and interns who had the fortune of being able to absorb his advice.

    Major Awards – Investigative Journalism
    Sponsor: 
    University of Queensland

     

    Winner: Mark Solomons and Kelmeny Fraser – The Courier-Mail, Driscoll Story

    Finalists:
    Angie Asimus – Seven News Brisbane, AFP Whistleblower
    Michael McKenna and Amanda Gearing – The Australian, Two Boys, Two Countries, One Story

    The judges said…
    The reporting was outstanding in a year of remarkable investigative journalism. The reports were concise, well written, brilliantly sourced and researched. The exposure of Scott Driscoll, the star LNP candidate, and his business dealings and conflicts of interest, humiliated the Premier and Government. It was a high profile scalp with long lasting implications for Queensland politics and the Parliament. The stories were written superbly, with clarity and sophistication, giving readers a perfect view of a scandal that otherwise would have gone unexposed.

    Major Awards – New Journalist of the Year
    Sponsor:
     Queensland Parliamentary Media Gallery.

     

    Winner: Elise Worthington – ABC TV News, ABC Radio &  ABC Online, Multi-Platform Reporting

    Finalists:
    Caitlyn Gribbin – ABC Radio PM, Body of Work
    Jason Tin – The Courier-Mail, Body of Work

    The judges said…
    There was an exceptionally high of work across the board. The standard was far  beyond what you’d expect for journalists of their experience. However, Elise Worthington’s body of work and the versatility she showed in reporting across the platforms impressed the judging panel.

    All Media – Broadcast Interview
    Sponsor: Queensland Police Union

     

    Winner: Caitlyn Gribbin – ABC Radio The World Today, Miners Speak Out About Drug Culture

    Finalist:
    Matt Wordsworth – ABC TV 7.30 Qld, Budget Night

    The judges said…
    Caitlyn went that extra mile exploring a taboo issue with strong talents and focused questions. A polished package overall.

    All Media – Business Journalism
    Sponsor:
     Canegrowers

     

    Winner: Hedley Thomas – The Australian, Palmer Inc

    Finalists:
    John McCarthy – The Courier-Mail, Gas Rush
    Liam Walsh – The Courier-Mail, Wickham’s Hole: Deeper and Deeper

    The judges said…
    A well timed series of articles based around a strong exclusive about the potential loss of up to 1000 jobs. Hedley Thomas lifted the corporate veil on a man who wants to be prime minister.

    All Media – Commentary, Analysis, Opinion & Critique
    Sponsor: 
    Three Plus

     

    Winner: Robert MacDonald – The Courier-Mail, Yes Minister…but what are you really up to?

    Finalists:
    Kylie Lang – The Sunday Mail, Real Issues for Real Queenslanders
    Natalie Bochenski – Brisbane Times, Critical Hits

    The judges said…
    Robert Macdonald provided fresh and timely insight into issues that were difficult and politically sensitive. He argued points with well-reasoned analysis in an easy-to-understand critique.

    All Media – Health and Wellness
    Sponsor:
     Health NGOs Queensland

     

    Winner: Jamie Walker – The Weekend Australian Magazine, What Lurks Within

    Finalists:
    Kathryn Cruise, Eva Milic, Sophie Walsh and Joel Dry – Nine News 6pm, Body of Work
    Sean Parnell – The Australian, The Black Dog Index

    The judges said…
    Jamie Walker’s entry was the unanimous standout. His long-form investigations into two insidious diseases – the Hendra virus and the Daintree/Bairnsdale ulcer – read like good detective stories. They were meticulously researched and carefully structured, as Walker turned what could have become dry science features into captivating page-turners.  By pitting resolute survivors and dedicated researchers against the villainous and often unknowable infections, he highlighted the importance of scientific endeavour without sacrificing the humanity of those affected along the way. While the judges were impressed with the overall quality of entrants, Walker’s ability to shed light on a relatively unknown disease (Daintree/Bairnsdale ulcer) and give a new perspective on a much-discussed one (Hendra virus), meant he best fulfilled the journalist’s role to inform and educate.

    All Media – Indigenous Issues Reporting
    Sponsor:
     BHP Billiton

     

    Winner: Michael McKenna – The Weekend Australian, Aboriginal Stockmen Ride Again

    Finalists:
    Stefan Armbruster – SBS Television, Cruel Rules in Traditional Hunting Stoush
    Trent Dalton – The Weekend Australian Magazine, Written In Stone

    The judges said…
    There was a pleasingly large number of entries in this category, which shows that reporting of indigenous issues is no longer just a “specialist” field, and is now seen as an integral part of everyday reporting. Tthere were some excellent stand-out pieces this year – and that made choosing a winner quite hard. In the end, the judges felt that Michael McKenna’s Back In The Saddle was a worthy recipient of the award, ahead of Trent Dalton’s Written in Stone and Stefan Armbruster’s body of work on the round.

    Most Outstanding Journalism Student – Metropolitan
    Sponsor:
     Department of the Premier and Cabinet

     

    Winner: Carl Smith – Unversity of Queensland, Body of Work

    Finalists:
    Ali Rae – University of Queensland, Body of Work

    Patrick Begley – J School Journalism College, Selected health features

    The judges said…
    Carl’s stories were impressive. His work was ground breaking, his execution was playful and technically strong: he went the extra step to record interviews from the tops of buildings and his research was exemplary. The other entrants showed considerable promise.

     

    Most Outstanding Journalism Student – Regional
    Sponsor:
     Department of the Premier and Cabinet

     

    Winner: Ebony Battersby – James Cook University Townsville, Cannabis Legislation in Queensland

    Finalist:
    Dominique Clarke – James Cook University Townsville, A Focus on the Queensland Mining Sector in Regional Queensland

    The judges said…
    Ebony’s story laid out the issues well, had a good mix of sources and used statistics well. Fellow finalist Dominique Clarke’s portfolio addressed a wide range of issues in the mining sector which also impressed the judges.

    All Media – Multicultural Queensland Award
    Sponsor: 
    Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland

     

    Winner: Mike Bruce – U on Sunday Magazine, The Sunday Mail, Saba Abraham

    Finalists:
    John Andersen – Townsville Bulletin, Cultural Diversity in North Queensland
    Stefan Armbruster – SBS Radio, Body of Work

    The judges said…
    This category brought widely divergent choices to the table, because the standard was so high. In fact almost all the submissions were considered finalist material by one judge or another. Judges asked that Matt Wordsworth’s South Sea Islanders be given a special mention, along with the finalists – who were Stefan Armbruster for his body of work for SBS (fine reporting, under the pressure of daily deadlines), and John Anderson whose Cultural Diversity in North Queensland shows that such diversity isn’t restricted to the latte-sipping inner suburbs.
    But the winner, the judges felt, was Mike Bruce with his beautifully written piece on Saba Abraham, outlining hardship, suffering, strength, and a joining of hands as refugees adopt the best of the Aussie “fair-go hard-yakka” ethos.

    All Media – Excellence in Rural Journalism
    Sponsor: 
    Rural Press Club

     

    Winner: Trent Dalton – The Weekend Australian Magazine, The Long Goodbye

    Finalists:
    Ian Townsend –  ABC Radio National, The Dogs that Ate A Sheep Industry
    Jamie Walker – The Weekend Australian, Beef Industry Crisis

    The judges said…
    Heartache is an emotion which the hardy, resilient people of the Australian bush face on a daily basis, yet The Long Goodbye wasn’t about their struggles with falling commodity prices, flooded marks or inhospitable climate conditions. It showed the turmoil felt by rural parents who send their children to boarding school. While it was a novel angle for articles in this section, the judges felt it would have engaged its mainly urban readership, highlighting an issue faced annually by parents of 17,000 school students. The skilful crafting exhibited by all three finalists was impressive.

    All Media – Social Issues Reporting
    Sponsor:
     Media Entertainmnet & Arts Alliance

     

    Winner:Michael McKenna and Amanda Gearing – The Australian, Two Boys, Two Countries, One Story

    Finalist:Trent Dalton – The Weekend Australian Magazine, The Story of Nicole

    Highly Commended: Michael Madigan, Renee Viellaris and Alison Sandy – The Courier-Mail, Children of the State

    The judges said…
    This was a hotly contested category with 40 entries of outstanding quality tackling a wide range of important social issues. Selecting a winner was extremely difficult and the judges took into consideration the degree of difficulty in getting the story, the quality of the work, the social importance of the issue raised and the outcomes achieved by raising the matter in the public domain. The issue of child abuse dominated the entries as it did the news agenda this past year and all three finalists helped lift the silence on this insidious offence. But the work by Michael McKenna and Amanda Gearing to investigate and report the serial abuse of children by a senior Anglican clergyman – in two countries – narrowly earned them this year’s award.

    All Media – Sports Journalism
    Sponsor: 
    Lion

     

    Winner: Todd Balym – The Sunday Mail, Australia’s Olympic swimming scandal

    Finalists:
    Caitlin Shea and Roger Carter – ABC TV Australian Story, Know Thy Enemy
    Peter Badel and Chris Garry – The Sunday Telegraph, Depression in Australian sport

    The judges said…
    The reports by Todd Balym were by far the most impressive and still having ramifications for Australian swimming. They showed concise, accurate and agenda-setting reporting.

     

    Artwork –  Cartoon, Illustration or Graphic
    Sponsor: 
    Media Super

     

    Winner: Sharni Hargrave – Nine News 6pm, Body of Work

    Finalist: Jonathan Bentley – The Courier-Mail, The State Circus

    The judges said…
    Sharni Hargrave was the clear winner.  Her detailed, clever, well–visualised artwork added tremendous value to the television stories being told. Her use of graphics helped the viewer understand what was being said by reporters and gave a sense of drama and location.  The judges were disappointed with the number of entries in this category and encourage all artists to enter next year.

    Online Journalism
    Sponsor: 
    University of  the Sunshine Coast

     

    Winner: Kate Kyriacou – www.couriermail.com.au,  The Murder of Allison Baden-Clay

    Finalists:
    Kathy McLeish – ABC Online,  Afghanistan: Life on the Frontline
    Kieran Ricketts – ABC News Digital,  Taken Too Soon: Hardy Family Revisit Bali Nightmare

    The judges said…
    Kate Kyriacou’s work was an excellent demonstration of how online media could bring court proceedings to life in a way that was out of reach of other media. Her report set a benchmark, going far beyond the rudimentary tweeting from court that had set the standard thus far. She was required to write updates for her online outlet throughout the day, sometimes having almost to write and takes notes at the same time, to tweet as and when possible, and to write full-length, conventional news reports for her print outlet. Kyriacou’s juggling act produced compelling court reports in far more depth than any previously possible in any medium in Australia, where TV and radio broadcasters are barred from courtrooms. We can look forward to many more such reports as technology advances, but Kyriacou’s will long remain a standard bearer for the industry.

    Photography: News Photography
    Sponsor: 
    Seven Network (Brisbane)

     

    Winner: Tim Marsden – The Courier-Mail, Baden-Clay Arrest

    Finalists:
    Annette Dew – The Courier-Mail, Chainsaw Kev
    Mark Calleja – The Courier-Mail, A Marked Man

    The judges said…
    Tim Marsden reached into a split second to show the story as a police car hurried into the Brisbane Watchhouse. In moments likes these a news photographer can live or die in the blink of an eye.  The picture he had everything a picture editor could hope for, the alleged murderer hand-cuffed at the height of interest as this major story unfolded. Marsden told of checking and double checking his camera settings “A very nerve-wracking experience” in the hours he waited at the Watchhouse for his chance and he “Got it” – the only still of Baden-Clay handcuffed.

    Photography: Photographic Essay
    Sponsor: 
    The Walkley Foundation

     

    Winner: Lisa Clarke – ABC Open, The Bloody Truth About Pig Dogging

    Finalists:
    Alistair Brightman – Fraser Coast Chronicle, Urangan Pier
    Mark Calleja – The Courier-Mail, Bundaberg Floods

    The judges said…
    Lisa Clarke showed great storytelling ability when documenting her “pig dogging” story.  The pictures paint powerful images inside a practice that most people hold strong opinions about. Lisa showed professionalism by investing the time to get to know her subject and the results showed from images all shot on the final morning. She was able to convey a rare insight into a reality of rural life in Central Queensland. She said her essay sparked great debate across animal rights groups, environmentalists and pig doggers alike

    Photography: Sports Photography
    Sponsor: 
    Nikon

     

    Winner: Valerie Horton – Fraser Coast Chronicle, Football in Spite of Rain

    Finalists:
    Chris Hyde – Denver Post Newspaper, The Aussies
    Evan Morgan – Townsville Bulletin, Eating Dirt

    The judges said…
    Valerie Horton  turned a football photo into an iconic image of struggle against the elements as players confronted each other in a regional rugby league match. As Valerie said, “A season of covering the games in gumboots meant it was business as usual for this Saturday night game. Timing is everything. To capture an arresting moment in sport is a thrill that I will never tire of.”

    Print/Online – Feature Article
    Sponsor: 
    Local Government Association of Queensland

     

    Winner: Jamie Walker – The Weekend Australian Magazine,  What Lurks Within

    Finalists:
    Michael McKenna and Amanda Gearing – The Australian, Church’s Wall of Silence
    Mike Bruce – U on Sunday Magazine, The Sunday Mail,  Grange Bowls Club
    Trent Dalton – The Weekend Australian Magazine,  The Cruel Sea

    The judges said…
    Jamie Walker  presented a challenging and important topic in an engaging manner. The article displayed thorough technical and historic research on a topic that’s continuing to baffle science. The writing holds the reader’s attention while conveying complicated subject matter about potentially lethal conditions. Jamie Walker showed sensitivity and persistence in conveying quite a number of people to talk publicly about their traumatic and private ordeals.

    Print/Online – News Report
    Sponsor: 
    Nine News

     

    Winner: Mark Solomons and Kelmeny Fraser – The Courier-Mail, Driscoll Story

    Finalists:
    Michael McKenna – The Weekend Australian, Racing Queensland
    Steven Wardill – The Courier-Mail, The Flegg Tapes

    The judges said…
    There was an extraordinarily high quality of  entries, with many focussed on the scrutiny of government.  The aftermath of some of the reports rocked the Newman government in its first year and showed the strength of strong media engagement as the fourth estate.  The winning entries by Mark Solomons and Kelmeny Fraser demonstrated tenacity, exceptional research, persistence and insight.   They displayed the essence of journalism in a gripping series of reports that raised serious questions about Scott Driscoll that led to his resignation from the LNP.

    Print/Online – Three Headings
    Sponsor: 
    The Walkley Foundation

     

    Winner: Phil Stafford – Qweekend Magazine, Nobody Knows the Rubble I’ve Seen, Suspended Admiration, A Way with the Pixels

    Finalists:
    Baz McAlister – The Sunday Mail, Voice Star’s Ex Factor, Thunderbolt for Lightfoot, Rank Stripped? It’s Affair Cop
    Ben Vernon – Townsville Bulletin, Elec-tickerty, Sweet ‘n’ Sour Port, Grand Theft Shorto

    The judges said…
    At a time when the skills and talent of headline writers and subeditors are under substantial pressure from changes in the industry, the entries in this section were competitive and pleasingly strong. The judges, though particularly mindful of the time constraints presently placed on headline writers, focussed on how well all three headlines embraced the substance of the stories over which they were written. Though many were outstanding, Phil Stafford’s were consistently so. Nobody knows the rubble I’ve seen caught the spirit of Trent Dalton’s profile of infamous Queensland demolition man George Deen, and did it with panache and humour. Suspended admiration made the most of a remarkable photograph by David Kelly while summarising a profile of Australia’s synchronised swimming team. A way with the pixels was a clever introduction to Mike Coleman’s piece on the fast-changing world of the internet  … and making money.

    Radio – Current Affairs, Documentary or Feature
    Sponsor: 
    Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance

     

    Winner: Annie Guest – ABC Radio National Health Report, Futile Medicine

    Finalists:
    Alex Mann – ABC Radio Triple J Hack, A 17-Year-Old Problem
    Ian Townsend – ABC Radio National Background Briefing, Toxic Mine Water
    Nance Haxton – ABC Radio PM, Gay Surrogacy

    The judges said…
    In this thoughtful and deeply researched investigation, Annie Guest tackled some of the most difficult questions for doctors, terminally ill patients and their loved ones. At what point does medicine and care cross over into futility? Have we, as a society, properly weighed the importance of quality of life, and have we been overly influenced by new treatments, and breakthroughs in drugs and science, which maintain a life of futility? With delicate balance, care and sensitivity, Annie observes and interviews medical specialists, carers, family members and dying patients. Annie combines the excellent content with strong technical skills to deliver a feature that is compelling, highly informative and thought provoking.

    Radio – News Report
    Sponsor: 
    The Walkley Foundation

     

    Winner: Amelia Birnie – 4BC News, Daniel Morcombe Committal Hearing and Funeral

    Finalist: Frances Adcock – ABC Radio News, Bundaberg Floods

    The judges said…
    Complex, comprehensive and sensitive. An incredible effort and a standout in this category.

    Regional and Community – Broadcast Report
    Sponsor:
     Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance

    Joint winners:
    Caitlyn Gribbin – ABC Radio The World Today, Miners Speak Out About Drug Culture
    Jessica Millward – WIN News Sunshine Coast, Italian Father

    Finalist: Jennifer Nichols and Quinn Steer – 7 Local News, Bruce Highway Report
    Highly Commended: Melinda Howells – ABC TV News, Bargara Tornado and Bundaberg Floods

    The judges said…
    The joint winners of this award could not be separated as both had significant merit delivering excellent content from the regions. Caitlyn Gribbin provided a compelling account of drug abuse in mining camps, raising awareness of this little-reported issue. Jessica Millward doggedly over weeks pursued a source and succeeded against 60 Minutes and other high profile media to record a one-on-one interview with the father of the kidnapped children, giving her a world exclusive.  Runner-up Melinda Howells showed grit bring the story of the Bundaberg floods to audiences before others using her I-phone and a family member to shoot the images as her cameraman was 400km away. The entries were of an exceptionally high standard across the board including a number of team entries but the individual entries mentioned were standouts.

    Regional and Community – Feature Article or Opinion
    Sponsor: 
    Media Super

    Winner: Vani Naidoo – Sunshine Coast Daily, Why Asylum Seekers Risk Everything

    Finalists:
    Daniel Strudwick – The Weekend Post, The S Word
    John Andersen – Townsville Bulletin, Drought in North Queensland

    The judges said…
    Vani’s deeply powerful work humanises the desperation of asylum-seekers. Her clear and concise construction draws the readers in, telling a story without resorting to emotive language. Her piece was a year ahead of its time with the larger publications only just exploring the personal stories  of refugees. This work would sit comfortably in any major publication.

    Regional and Community – News Photograph
    Sponsor:
     ABC

    Winner: Allan Reinikka – The Morning Bulletin, Flood Rescue

    Finalists:
    Claudia Baxter – The Queensland Times, Thorn Street Fire
    Marc McCormack – The Cairns Post, Dirty Deeds

    The judges said…
    Allan’s news pictures were a stand out example of the craft of the news photographer as he captured the raw emotion and courage of emergency personnel as they performed a swift water rescue of a Rockhampton teenager during the second wettest day on record.  Allan said, “I followed the frantic voices on the police scanner. The photos were taken as I raced and stumbled along the wet banks littered with fallen tree branches as one of the swift water rescuers was dragged along in the water and the rain continued to pelt us all.”

    Regional and Community – News Report Print/Online
    Sponsor:
     Ipswich City Council

    Winner:Kathleen Skene – Townsville Bulletin, Breach of Duty

    Finalists:
    Ava Benny-Morrison – Mackay Daily Mercury, Hospital Hostages
    Stephanie Bedo – Gold Coast Bulletin, Sick of Waiting

    The judges said…
    Kathleen penetrated the army’s cover-up culture to expose how the shocking neglect by a senior officer allowed a rapist not only to walk free, but to attack again. Her report shone light on the culture of secrecy that has traditionally governed ADF responses to abuse claims.  It was an important contribution to a significant national issue.

    Television –  Current Affairs, Documentary or Feature
    Sponsor: 
    Queensland Police Union

     

    Winner: Annie Guest – ABC 7.30 Queensland, Futile Medicine

    Finalists: Kent Gordon, Roger Carter and Kirstin Murray  – ABC 1, The Men Who Fell to Earth

    The judges said…
    This was a difficult topic choice, but Annie Guests’ compassionate storytelling  produced an informative and emotive piece. Well sourced talent who were able to tell the story in their own words were complemented by a thought-provoking script. This story ticked all the boxes for this category. This was genuinely moving television.

    Television – News Report
    Sponsor: 
    QUT Creative Industries

     

    Winner: Nine News Team – Channel Nine Breaking News Coverage, Queen Street Mall Gunman

    Finalists:
    Alyshia Gates, Phil Willmington, Shane Doherty and Brendan Hockings – Nine News 6pm,  Baden-Clay Arrest
    Davina Smith and Brendan Hockings – Nine News 6pm, Flood Tapes

    The judges said…
    A most impressive standard of entries across a variety of stories. Even determining the finalists was a difficult task, let alone selecting the winner. In the end, the judges went back to the criteria and determined the Nine Network’s Queen St Mall Gunman the best for its newsworthiness, courage, impact and incisiveness. With breaking coverage, Nine News provided comprehensive, informative detail of a gunman on the loose. Its stories and live crosses were well produced, showed spectacular pictures, and covered all angles. It was TV news at its best.

    The John Bean Memorial Award for Television Camera Work
    Sponsor: 
    ABC

     

    Winner: Danny Burton, Craig Dyer and Michael Lloyd– Seven News Brisbane, Inside SERT

    Finalists:
    Craig Berkman – ABC TV Landline, Hook, Line and Sinking
    Howie Bennett – Nine News 6pm, Afghanistan

    The judges said…
    Danny and the team brought the story alive with great use of point of view cameras (Go Pro) iwith 16 of these tiny cameras taking the viewer on a thrill ride inside the Qld Police Special Emergency Response Team (SERT), the men who respond when the risk of loss of life is too high for other police officers to be involved. The story had to be shot under very restrictive conditions. – Seven News had to maintain the anonymity of officers and not reveal security details. In the best tradition of visual story telling cameramen Danny Burton and Michael Lloyd and Seven Brisbane’s head of news operations Craig Dyer used innovative techniques to work under difficult circumstances and obtain the footage necessary to present an informed story.

  • 2012 WINNERS

    Queensland Journalist of the Year

    Sponsor: Queensland Newspapers

    Winner: Hedley Thomas

    The judges said…

    There were a number of entries this year that were excellent within their genres, but Hedley Thomas’s entry transcended its genre. His work – the work of one journalist – exposed a huge set of flaws in an expensive  judicial inquiry crowded with lawyers, bureaucrats, politicians and engineers that took many months and that was set to bring down a useless, error-laden report. The fallout from Hedley’s excellent work is continuing, and set to do so for years. Society is the better for it.

     

    Most Outstanding Contribution to Journalism

    Sponsor: University of Queensland

    Winner: Steve O’Ferrall

    The judges said…

    The judges said Steve has had a stellar career, from camera operator to reporter to editor to war correspondent to chief of staff. Along the way he not only helped many aspiring camera operators and journalists, he inspired them to chase their dreams and to seek to be the best they could be. Many, as a result, have headed the lists of top people in their fields. As an indication of his standing in the industry, Steve was praised by news people from competing networks. A camera operator from another channel said: “There’s so many cameramen running around Australia now that are brilliant at what they do because of what Steven taught them.” A news presenter from yet another channel said Steve had mentored countless camera operators and journalists, and contributed hugely to the Australian news industry, adding: “Not only has he taught a new generation of news gatherers, he’s done so with kindness and consideration.” The judges believe he is a more than worthy recipient of the award. Congratulations Steve and thank you for what you have brought to the Queensland media industry.

     

    Major Awards – Investigative Journalism

    Sponsor: Griffith University

    Winner: Hedley Thomas – The Australian – “Flood Cover-Up

    Finalists:

    • Mark Solomons and Tuck Thompson – The Courier-Mail – “Up to His Neck in it”
    • Michael McKenna – The Australian – “Developer Donations”

    Judges Comment:

    This was a powerful investigation into the operation of the state’s most crucial, and most dangerous, piece of public infrastructure during the 2011 floods. Hedley Thomas’ series led directly to the rescheduling of Queensland and local government elections. It prompted the flood inquiry to delay its final report and to hold additional hearings into the operation of Wivenhoe Dam. Tellingly it went on to find that Wivenhoe Dam was operated in breach of the manual for nearly two days. The CMC is investigating whether three flood engineers committed crimes, or official misconduct, over their preparation of documents and testimony given to the inquiry. The final report of the Queensland Floods Inquiry said “There is, it is obvious, plenty of scope for argument about whether adherence to the manual strategies would have made a difference to the way in which the flood engineers actually operated the dam….. but again, the possibility exists of at least some improvement in the flooding outcome for Brisbane and Ipswich

    Major Awards – Young Journalist of the Year

    Sponsor: Queensland Parliamentary Media Gallery.

    Winner: Miranda Grant – ABC Open – “Aftermath: stories of diaster, resilience and recovery

    Finalists:

    • Andrew McMillen – Freelance -Body of Work
    • Kristin Shorten – The Courier-Mail – “We’ll Find Daniel”

    The judges said…

    The judges felt that, among the cross-section of entries from metropolitan and regional media, Miranda Grant was a standout. Her video stories for ABC Open on the recovery journey of Grantham flood victims were both engaging and exceptionally crafted.  A progressive young journalist, Miranda combined skilful camerawork, editing and scripting to produce an insightful series that truly captured the essence of a community trying to move forward.

     

    All Media – Broadcast Interview

    Sponsor: Queensland Police Union

    Winner: Bruce Atkinson – ABC Radio – “Western Queensland Floods”

    Finalists:

    • Charlotte Glennie – ABC News Online – “Beckie MacKinney Interview”
    • Peter McCutcheon – ABC 730 Report Queensland – “UQ Cover Up”

     

    The judges said…

    Bruce Atkinson’s series of interviews for the national broadcaster showed the value, quite literally, of going the extra mile. When the rest of the media had moved on, Bruce persuaded authorities to allow him to travel a potentially perilous road that was closed to the public so he could bring the plight of residents of flood-bound Miles and Chinchilla to a wider audience. As the only outside journalist in the isolated towns, his interviews with the otherwise forgotten people – played on radio, television and online – sparked national interest in lending a helping hand to communities hit by hard times. Bruce’s subtle interviewing technique of people under tremendous stress allowed him to elicit some heartbreaking tales from his subjects, without sensationalism.

     

    All Media – Business Journalism

    Sponsor: Canegrowers

    Winner: Matthew Cranston – Australian Financial Review – “Foreign Investment”

    Finalists:

    • Robert Kidd – News Queensland – “Mackay Hotspot”

    The judges said…

    This is an important and timely investigation of foreign ownership of Australian agricultural land. Matthew Cranston’s stories and analysis document current and prospective foreign investment.

    All Media – Commentary, Analysis, Opinion & Critique

    Sponsor: Three Plus

    Winner: Paul Syvret– The Courier-Mail – “Tuesday View”

    Finalists:

    • Michael McKenna– The Australian – Body of Work
    • Mark Ludlow – The Australian Financial Review – Talking Point

    The judges said…

    Paul’s work is notable by the breadth of issues he covers and the wit he uses to convey what he wants to say. His body of work shows he grasps state and national issues, and uses words cleverly to provoke, educate and inform his readers. His win was a unanimous decision by the judges.

    All Media – Health and Wellness

    Sponsor: Health NGO’s Queensland

    Winner: Ian Townsend – ABC – “Lead Posisoning: a Silent Epidemic” and “Water Bugs”

    Finalists:

    • John Taylor – ABC – “Pill Concerns”
    • Eva Milic, Sophie Walsh, Ebony Cavallaro and Ashley McDermid – Nine News – for their body of work

    The judges said…

    Ian provided a forensic analysis of two very important public health issues which could easily have been forgotten or overlooked. The judges were particularly impressed with the amount of detail in each piece, which fully explored two complex issues with far-reaching public health implications.

    All Media – Indigenous Issues Reporting

    Sponsor: Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance

    Winner: Stefan Armbruster – SBS – body of work

    Finalists:

    • Kathy McLeish – ABC – “Tent Embassy”
    • Miriam Hall – ABC Radio – “Looking for Positives on Palm”

    The judges said…

    Stefan’s work featured a broad spectrum of reports with a couple of standout pieces. Judges were especially impressed with the poignant report into the removal of indigenous people from HopeVale to Woorabinda, feeling it was a fine example of documentary form of storytelling.

    Most Outstanding Journalism Student – Metropolitan

    Sponsor: Department of the Premier and Cabinet

    Winner: Carl Smith – University of Queensland/ ABC – “Humans, Robots and the Future

    Finalists:

    • Leah White – University of Queensland –  for her body of work

    Highly Commended: Alexander Tamayo – University of Queensland – Hitting a full stop: The protests of the ‘Truth Truck for Children’ and LGBT activists held in Brisbane

    The judges said…

    Carl Smith’s 30 minute documentary for ABC Radio National’s “Future Tense” program was an original, sophisticated and insightful piece of journalism. He combined impressive international research, engaging writing and polished production to cover the topic. Carl shows a great understanding of the medium by using music and natural sound, in addition to interviews, to tell the story. His conversational delivery was perfect for the piece.  He has a promising future ahead of him. The judges have also awarded Alexander Tamayo a Highly Commended. His vibrant long-format radio story captured a protest about same-sex marriage in Brisbane’s CBD. By combining great natural sound and strong interviews he delivered a balanced, timely and engaging piece of journalism.

    Most Outstanding Journalism Student – Regional

    Sponsor: Department of the Premier and Cabinet

    Winner: Alison Francis – University of Queensland regional campus – “Refugee problem becomes solution for regional employer”

    Finalists:

    • Cassie Cocks – James Cook University – body of work
    • Anna Jones – University of the Sunshine Coast – body of work

     

    The judges said…

    The judges were impressed with the calibre of work provided by aspiring journalists in this category. Beyond the importance of the story, judges considered its originality and if students had comprehensively covered their topics. Alison Francis’ article succinctly explored the skills crisis in Biloela and the opportunities it presented to Burmese refugees with depth and care. The maturity in the writing from a student journalist covering a potentially divisive topic was also noted by the judges. Comments from refugees were paired with solid research to illustrate a view on an often-overlooked part of regional Queensland.

    All Media – Multicultural Affairs Reporting

    Sponsor: Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland

    Winner: Leanne Edmistone – The Sunday Mail – “Common Ground”

    Finalists:

    • Peter Doherty – Seven News – “Flashback Vietnam”
    • Megan Hendry – ABC 730 Report – “Harvest Hymns”

    The judges said…

    “Common Ground” was the stand-out, due to its sensitive and thought-provoking portrayal of six young Australians who all came to this country as asylum seekers.  Leanne’s careful use of the subjects’ own words allowed the reader to better comprehend that journey to another world. The judges also recognised the legwork that such a piece would have involved, and applaud Leanne’s ability to reward the trust of these young people with a faithful retelling of their stories. To use a cliche, Leanne’s article set out to put a human face on an issue often associated with scare-tactics and fear; and the judges felt she achieved that. Features like Leanne’s show the importance of giving such complex moral issues in-depth consideration.

    All Media – Excellence in Rural Journalism

    Sponsor: Rural Press Club

    Winner: Kathy McLeish – ABC Landline – “Buying the Farm”

    Finalists:

    • Pip Courtney – ABC Landline – “Farmers and Social Media”
    • Natasha Bita – the Weekend Australian – “Selling the Farm”

    The judges said…

    Kathy’s work stands out in her ability to generate information, be creative in how she tells a story and teach us along the way. In a body of work marked by these qualities, she was a stand out winner in this category.

    All Media – Social Issues Reporting

    Sponsor: Queensland Council of Social Service

    Winner: Michael McKenna and Rory Callinan – The Australian -“The Secret’s of Girls Suicides

    Finalists:

    • Ian Townsend – ABC Radio – “Opting Out and Staying at Home”
    • Leisa Scott – the Courier-Mail – “Duty of Care- National Disability Insurance Scheme”

    Highly Commended: Amanda Watt – The Courier-Mail – “The Twilight Zone”

    The judges said…

    This category attracted a very strong calibre of entries and it was difficult for the judges to pick just a few finalists. The finalists not only broke new ground with their stories they did so with empathy, compassion and sensitive reporting. There was a clear winner, however, with Michael McKenna and Rory Callinan’s entry – The Secrets of Girls Suicide. The pair’s dogged search for the truth about two girls in state care, abused by those entrusted to look after them, who later, separately, took their own lives isn’t easy reading. Their coverage set a spotlight on the wider issue of children in care and the difficulties involved in telling their stories.

    All Media – Sports Journalism

    Sponsor: Purple Palate

    Winner: Mike Colman – The Courier-Mail – “Land of the Long Black Cloud”

    Finalists:

    • Wayne Smith – The Weekend Australian – “Wayne Bennett”
    • Mike Bruce – The Sunday Mail – “Meagan Nay”

    The judges said…

    The judges believe this is journalism of the highest order, exploring the psychological impact of an All Blacks win for the earthquake-devastated people of Christchurch in New Zealand. The story was highly emotionally charged, superbly researched and delicately written. It explored all facets of life after the quake and had the effect of causing us as readers to think deeply about the connection between sport and daily life.  The style and syntax made it easy reading whilst the writers connection to the emotive aspects of living through nature inspired trauma, combined with his knowledge of and passion for sport, allowed the reader to travel with him to Christchurch. The writer’s ability to meld sport and sociology elevates his writing to a completely unique level.

    Artwork – Cartoon, Illustration or Graphic

    Sponsor: Media Super

    Winner: Sean Callinan – The Courier-Mail – “Being Clive Palmer”

    Finalists:

    • Jonathan Bentley – The Courier-Mail – “House of Horrors”
    • Brett Lethbridge – The Courier-Mail – “In the frame”

    The judges said…

    Sean’s winning entry, an interactive online graphic about Queensland’s Walter Mitty millionaire Clive Palmer, does what we all strive to do: inform and entertain. While the other entries beautifully and humorously caught moments, most notably Anna Bligh’s Bucket List and Julia Gillard’s House of Horrors, Being Clive Palmer caught many. It was a wonderful, mischievous and most engaging use of the medium.

    Online Journalism

    Sponsor: Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance

     

    Winner: Scott Gamble, Miranda Grant, Michael Bromage, Solua Middleton, Brad Marsellos and Leandro Palacio – ABC Open – “Aftermath: stories of disaster, Resilience and Recovery”

    Finalists:

    • Georgia Waters, Bridie Jabour, Tony Moore, Danielle Cronin and Daniel Hurst – Brisbane Times – “State Election Coverage”
    • Rhian Deutrom – University of Queensland – “Y Vote”

    The judges said…

    This body of work stands as an excellent resource for those affected by the Queensland disasters and for those wanting to know more, not only within Australia but internationally. The unit made excellent use of the resources available to it, to compile a lasting tribute to the victims of devastating disasters. It is both technically flawless and deeply informative, whilst its interactivity makes it more compelling for the audience. The compassion brought to the project by the journalists is obvious and informs the journalism. The journalism itself makes use of old fashioned journalistic modus operandi – talking to people on the ground, searching out stories and giving voice to those otherwise without one. It is a brilliant way to allow communities to feel they have an outlet to express their reactions to the experiences they faced, and it allows fellow Australians to empathise with those impacted.

    Photography: News Photography

    Sponsor: Nikon

    Winner: David Kelly – Qweekend – “After the Fire”

    Finalists:

    • Evan Morgan – The Townsville Bulletin – “Coming Home”
    • Jodie Richter – The Courier-Mail – “Allison Found”

    The judges said…

    The News Photograph category presented some exceptional quality work.  The professional craft skills of photography, matched with powerful newsworthy content, the innovation of the photographer to tell the story visually and ability to capture emotion to affect the reader are all present in the work of David Kelly. His thoughtful appraisal of the story surrounding the aftermath of a fire that killed 11 people, and his ability to fold the intensity of emotion into one portrait has gained him the judge’s admiration

    Photography: Photographic Essay

    Sponsor: Nikon

    Winner: Evan Morgan– The Townsville Bulletin – “Afghanistan: Mateship and Sacrifice”

    Finalists:

    • David Kelly– Qweekend – “Blinky on the Brink”
    • Brian Cassey – The Walkley Magazine – “Soulles in Seoul”

    The judges said…

    A photographic essay is more than a collection of images on a theme. It is an artform that has been practiced seriously since the publication of the first edition of Life magazine in 1936. Its “Declaration of intent” stated that its essays would enable the reader “To see life; to see the world; to see strange things – machines, armies … to see and be amazed; to see and be interested”. Evan’s essay of Australian troops in Afghanistan conducting routine patrols, is punctured by an incident that saw the death of three soldiers. His images of mateship tear at the reader’s heart and provide us with a glimpse of the lives of our peace keeping forces abroad.

    Photography: Sports Photograph

    Sponsor: The Walkley Foundation

    Winner: Brian Cassey – the Australian Weekend Magazine – “The Seventh Second”

    Finalists:

    • David Kelly – Q-Weekend – “Synch or Swim: Australia’s Synchronised Swim team”
    • Chris Hyde – Getty Images – “Brisbane International”

    Judges Comment:

    The Sports Photography category received many technically excellent examples of the craft and this year the judges were not disappointed. They looked for an image with the greatest impact, most likely to hold a reader’s gaze and to provide the reader with the same emotion felt by the photographer at the moment of capture. Brian’s bronco event image of horse defeating rider ticks all the boxes and without doubt provides us with en example of what makes this sport such an experience to witness.

    Print/Online – Feature Article

    Sponsor: Local Government Association of Queensland

    Winner: Leisa Scott – QWeekend – “Duty of Care: National Disability Insurance Scheme”

    Finalists:

    • Trent Dalton- QWeekend -“Where To?”
    • Michael McKenna and Rory Callinan – the Weekend Australian – “Secrets of Girls’ Suicides”

    The judges said…

    This was a very difficult decision for the judges due to the very strong field of entries. Leisa’s feature was well researched, extremely topical and elegantly structured. She managed to humanise an extremely complex issue and cut through the political debate to present the struggle towards a National Disability Insurance Scheme from the perspective of those who would gain most benefit from it. All in all, this was a great piece of insightful journalism.

    Print/Online – News Report

    Sponsor: Nine News

    Winner: Hedley Thomas – “Dam Exposed” – The Australian

    Finalists:

    • Robyn Wuth – “The Finks” – Gold Coast Bulletin
    • Koren Helbig – “Public Housing Woes” – The Courier-Mail

    The judges said…

    Hedley Thomas’ ‘Dam Expose’ is a textbook example of investigative journalism at its best. It was thoroughly researched, the technical nature of the information was simply and clearly written and was highly newsworthy.

     

    Print/Online – Three Headings

    Sponsor: Network Seven

    Winner: Baz McAlister – The Courier-Mail – “Too Haute to Handle”, “Blinky on the Brink” and “Celeb Stylist Sassoon’s Sad Parting”

    Finalists:

    • Kevin McDonald – Sunshine Coast Daily – “Playing Cops and Robbers in Court”, “Kim Jong-Il No More” and “How-to book on a Lady Di-vorce”
    • Ken Robinson – Gold Coast Bulletin – “Photo Sinks Arrr! Rated Pollie”, “Snort Back and Sides” and “Sleeve Them Kids Alone”

    The judges said…

    Though this category was extremely competitive, Baz’s three headings caught the judge’s eye with their clever subtlety. The judges looked for headings that not only had an element of playfulness and a sense of fun, but also clearly told the story. Most of the entries hit the bullseye. The ?nalists entries, in particular, were quite outstanding. However, Baz’s three entries each showed deft touches, and their consistency shaded the others.

    Radio – Current Affairs, Documentary or Feature

    Sponsor: Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance

    Winner: Charlotte Glennie– ABC Radio National – “The Long War”

    Finalists:

    • Ian Townsend– ABC’s Background Briefing – “Lead Poisoning: a Silent Epidemic”
    • Ian Townsend – ABC’s Background Briefing – “Guns Are Back”

    The judges said…

    Charlotte showcased excellent journalism skills in this piece, giving listeners a firsthand account of the lives of partners and families of Australian soldiers killed or injured in action. Charlotte had to establish trust with the grieving families to gain interviews. She also raised serious questions about the treatment of some of the families. And she did some of this while on maternity leave, editing the piece on a home laptop. In the end, Charlotte delivered a compelling piece of radio that was both newsworthy and impactful.

    Radio – News Report

    Sponsor: John Deere

    Winner: Amelia Birnie – 4BC Radio – “Flood Inquiry”

    Finalists:

    • Caitlyn Gribbin – Queensland Country Hour – “Fruit ‘n’ Veg Strife”
    • Amelia Birnie – 4BC Radio – “State Election Campaign”

    The judges said…

    Amelia dominated this category and her work on the flood inquiry was the standout of the entries. Amelia took a complicated topic and delivered it to listeners in an easily digested manner. She showcased her knowledge through news reports and live interviews. And she also went further than the inquiry, seeking out storylines beyond what happened in the courtroom. Her speed was also impressive. The flood inquiry was one of the most newsworthy events of the last 12 months and Amelia showed the benefit of journalists working hard for their listeners.

    Regional and Community – Broadcast Report

    Sponsor: Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance

    Winner: David Lewis – ABC AM Radio/The World Today – “Stories from the Outback”

    Finalists:

    • Josh Bavas – ABC AM Radio – “Rebuilding from Yasi”
    • Caitlyn Gribbin – ABC Radio The World Today – “Queensland Farmers Allowed to Shoot Bats”

    The judges said…

    David Lewis’ Body of work shows the breadth and depth of life in outback Queensland. The stories exhibit obvious research and good use of the radio medium.

    Regional and Community – Feature Article or Opinion

    Sponsor: Media Super

    Winner: Rae Wilson – Sunshine Coast Daily – “Drug Empire Falls”

    Finalists:

    • Rae Wilson – Sunshine Coast Daily – “Morcombes: Out of Nowhere”
    • And City News’ Alan Welburn – “Betraying Trust of Man’s Best Friend”

    The judges said…

    Rae has turned a story that would be a space filler into a gripping tale by using contacts and solid understanding of courts.

    Regional and Community – News Photograph

    Sponsor: ABC

    Winner: Claudia Baxter – The Queensland Times – “You’re Surrounded”

    Finalists:

    • David Clark and Michael Ross – The Gold Coast Bulletin – “Farewell Detective Senior Constable, Damian Leeding”
    • Kate Czerny – The Gold Coast Bulletin – “Broadwater Drowning”

    The judges said…

    The judges faced a difficult task in selecting finalists from such a strong body of work. They looked for images that engaged the reader, presented newsworthy information, were of benefit to the public and above all were remembered for their powerful impact. Claudia’s coverage of the police, with guns drawn, surrounding a vehicle whose occupant had threatened to use a sawn-off rifle, fits the bill perfectly. Her professional coverage of the event, under the obvious threat of personal injury, has enabled the newspaper’s readers to witness the unfolding of a dramatic event in the safety of their own surroundings.

    Regional and Community – News Report Print/Online

    Sponsor: Ipswich City Council

    Winner: Stephanie Bedo – The Gold Coast Bulletin-  “Budget Blowout”

    Finalists:

    • Daniel Burdon – The Morning Bulletin – “The Golden Triangle”
    • Paul Weston – The Gold Coast Bulletin – “Exposing the Future Gold Coast Mayor’s Secret Property Deal During the Poll”

    The judges said…

    The judges were impressed with the number of entrants and the

    standard of work in this category. Regional papers and smaller outlets do a lot of reporting that may not “dazzle”, but is of great value to their local communities, and that grunt work should be applauded. The judges found Stephanie Bedo’s series on the Gold Coast hospital covered an important ongoing crisis in community health care, including broken promises and inefficient use of resources. It involved lots of legwork, using clean copy to cover an often technical story, and kept up the pressure for change. The other nominees also displayed great skill in investigative research and writing, detailing issues of local relevance and controversy.

    Television – Current Affairs, Documentary or Feature

    Sponsor: Queensland Police Union

    Winner: Caitlin Shea and Roger Carter – ABC’s Australian Story – “Love and Other Drugs”

    Finalists:

    • Pip Courtney– ABC’s Landline – “Chicken Run”
    • The Nine News Team– Nine News Brisbane – “Queensland Floods Anniversary”

    Highly Commended: John Taylor – ABC’s 730 Report Queensland – “Royal Life”

    The judges said…

    In an extremely competitive field of entrants, judges considered this an extraordinary piece of journalism that managed to strike the perfect balance of intense research, exhaustive relationship building, sensitive interviewing and exceptional visual storytelling. Over six months of patient, delicate and responsible television production, Caitlin Shea and Roger Carter created a piece that rippled with medical relevance while never losing sight of the deeply moving love story at its heart.

    Television – News Report

    Sponsor: QUT Creative Industries

    Winner: Lane Calcutt – Nine News – “Protest”

    Finalists:

    • Stefan Armbruster – SBS – “Australia to Help PNG Fight TB”
    • Laura Dymock, Jennifer Nicjols, Emily Fardoulys and Sigrid Brown – Seven News – “Freak Storm”
    • Neil Warren and Paula Doneman – Seven News – “Bikie Whistleblower”

     

    The judges said…

    This was a very strong field covering an impressive range of tropics. Lane Calcutt’s coverage of the Australia Day protest in Canberra stood out, however, because of the reporter’s superb storytelling. Calcutt managed to convey the drama and tension of the story without hyperbole, and also give a rare insight into how our political leaders respond at a time of immense pressure. Powerful and illuminating TV.

    The John Bean Memorial Award for Television Camera Work

    Sponsor: ABC

    Winner: Deon Davies – Ten’s 630 with George Negus – “Africa Crisis”

    Finalists:

    • Michael Augustus – Ten News – “Byron Bay Violence”
    • Mark Michalek – Seven News – “Porsche Chase”

    The judges said…

    The judges felt there was great camera work in all of the entries. This is a very special award in memory of your mate John (Beanie), so we thought about how he would have filmed for this category and how he would have loved these pictures. Well done, Deon.

  • 2010 WINNERS

    All Media – Young Journalist of the Year

    Sarah Elks, The Australian, Body of Work

    Sponsored by the Department of the Premier and Cabinet

    All Media: Most Outstanding Journalism Student – Regional

    Alice Campion, The University of the Sunshine Coast, Body of Work

    Sponsored by the Queensland Parliamentary Media Gallery

    All Media: Most Outstanding Journalism Student – Metro

    John Corlett, Jschool, Body of Work

    Sponsored by the Queensland Parliamentary Media Gallery

    Regional and Community: Best Broadcast Report

    Marlina Whop, ABC TV News, “Hendra series”

    Sponsored by John Deere & Company

     

    Regional and Community: Best News Photograph

    Marc McCormack, The Cairns Post, “Saturday Bloody Saturday”

    Sponsored by the Rural Press Club

    Regional and Community: Best Feature Article or Opinion Piece

    Nathan Evans, The Noosa Journal, “The End for River Hulks”

    Sponsored by James Cook University

    Regional and Community: Best Print/Online News Report

    Brooke Baskin, Townsville Bulletin, “School’s Shout”

    Sponsored by the ABC

    All Media: Excellence in Rural Journalism

    Bianca Clare, Mackay Daily Mercury, “I Survived 15 Days in a Coma with Swine Flu ”

    Sponsored by the Rural Press Club

    All Media: Best Social Issues & Indigenous Affairs Reporting

    Michael McKenna and Tony Koch, The Australian, “Two Speed Justice”

    Sponsored by the Queensland Council of Social Service

    All Media: Best Multi-Cultural Affairs Reporting

    Amanda Watt, The Courier-Mail Qweekend, “Degrees of Difficulty”

    Sponsored by the  Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland

    All Media: Best Business Journalism

    Patrick Lion, The Courier-Mail, “Stadiums a Drain on State Finances”

    Sponsored by Media Super

    Print/Online: Best Three Headings

    Trevor Hockins, Sunshine Coast Daily, “Under the weather / Cock-a-doodle-don’t / It’s not GayFL”

    Sponsored by Australia Post

    Print/Online: Best Cartoon, Illustration or Graphic

    Tony Bela and Justin Richardson, The Courier-Mail, “Qldopoly”

    Sponsored by Media Super

    Online: Best Online Journalism

    Elaine Ford, ABC News Online, “Southern Qld Floods”

    Sponsored by Queenslanders Credit Union

    All Media: Best Sports Journalism

    Andrew Hamilton, The Courier-Mail, “Fev Drops the Punt”

    Sponsored by Purple Palate

    All Media: Best Commentary, Analysis, Opinion and Critique

    Craig Johnstone, The Courier-Mail, Body of Work

    Sponsored by Three Plus

    Print/Online: Best Photographic Essay

    David Kelly, The Courier-Mail Qweekend, “The Flag Wavers”

    Sponsored by Nikon

    Print/Online: Best News Photograph

    Rob Maccoll, The Sunday Mail, Sunday Herald Sun, “White Wedding”

    Sponsored by the Seven Network (Brisbane)

    Television: Best News & Current Affairs Camera Work

    Jamie Wilson, Seven News Brisbane, “Runcorn Siege”

    Sponsored by The Courier-Mail

    All Media: Best Broadcast Interview

    Quentin Hull, ABC Local Radio & Grandstand Digital, “The White Windie”

    Sponsored by The Walkley Foundation

    Television: Best  Current Affairs Feature, Documentary or Special

    Mark Willacy, ABC TV Foreign Correspondent, “Pet Monsters”

    Sponsored by Fosters Group Ltd

    Print/Online: Best Feature Article

    John Andersen, Townsville Bulletin, “Horrific Fires Still Taking Their Toll”

    Sponsored by the Local Government Association of Queensland

     

    Radio: Best  Feature, Documentary or Special Broadcast

    Heather Stewart, ABC Radio National 360, “A Sense of Duty”

    Sponsored by Australia Post

    Radio: Best News Report

    Kallee Buchanan, ABC Radio Widebay, Queensland and National News, “Trinity Bates Murder series”

    Sponsored by Network Ten

    Television: Best News Report

    Stefan Armbruster, SBS World News Australia, “Torres Strait King Tides”

    Sponsored by QUT

    Print/Online: Best News Report

    Steven Wardill, The Courier-Mail, “Bligh Blitz”

    Sponsored by Nine News

    All Media: Best Investigative Journalism

    Michael McKenna, The Australian,” Betrayal of Trust”

    Sponsored by the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance

    Media: Journalist of the Year

    Mark Willacy, ABC TV Foreign Correspondent, “et Monsters”

    Sponsored by Griffith University

    All Media: Most Outstanding Contribution to Journalism

    David Sproule

    Sponsored by The University of Queensland

  • 2009 WINNERS

    Young Journalist of the Year
    Thomas Chamberlin, The Cairns Post, “Cash for Comment”
    Sponsored by Department of the Premier and Cabinet

    Most Outstanding Journalism Student – Regional
    Kieran Moran, James Cook University, “Bouncers Behaving Badly”
    Sponsored by Queensland Parliamentary Media Gallery

    Best News Photograph – Regional & Community Media
    Marc McCormack, The Cairns Post, “Dengue Death”
    Sponsored by the ABC

    Most Outstanding Journalism Student – Metropolitan
    Tom Hersey, Queensland University of Technology, “Body of Work”
    Sponsored by Queensland Parliamentary Media Gallery

    Best Broadcast Report – Regional & Community Media
    Megan Woodward, ABC Radio AM, “The Ignored Flood”
    Sponsored by John Deere & Company

    Best Print/Online Feature Article or Opinion Piece – Regional & Community Media
    Nathan Evans, The Noosa Journal, “How Many More? Why it’s Time to Stop Playing Politics over Killer Highway”
    Sponsored by James Cook University

    Excellence in Rural Journalism
    Pip Courtney and Ingrid Just, ABC TV Landline, “Blue Hills – Back to the Future”
    Sponsored by Australia Post

    Best Coverage of Social Equity and/or Indigenous Affairs
    Chloe Cassidy, Network Ten, “On the Ball”
    Sponsored by Queensland Council of Social Service

    Best Coverage of Multicultural Issues
    Amanda Watt, The Courier-Mail QWeekend, “Hell and High Water”
    Sponsored by Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland

    Best Business or Property Report
    Liam Walsh, The Courier-Mail, “The Business of ABC”
    Sponsored by Terry White Chemists

    Best Three Headlines
    Grantlee Kieza, The Courier-Mail, “Three Headlines”
    Sponsored by Australia Post

    Best Cartoon, Illustration or Graphic
    Brett Lethbridge, couriermail.com.au, ” Australia”
    Sponsored by Media Super

    Best Comment, Analysis, Opinion & Critique
    Mike O’Connor, The Courier-Mail, “It’s a Bridge too Far”
    Sponsored by Purple Palate

    Best Photographic Essay

    David Kelly, The Courier-Mail QWeekend, “Man or Mouth”
    Sponsored by Nikon

    Best News Photograph
    Marissa Calligeros, brisbanetimes.com.au, “Thurston Breaks Down at Uncle’s Funeral”
    Sponsored by Seven Network ( Brisbane)

    Best TV News Camera Work
    John Varga, Seven News, “Moreton Bay Oil Spill”
    Sponsored by The Courier-Mail

    Best Broadcast Interview
    Bill McDonald, Ten News at Five, ” Walk Down Disaster Lane”
    Sponsored by Griffith University

    Best TV Current Affairs, Documentary or Feature (including camera work)
    Caitlin Shea and Kristine Taylor, ABC TV Australian Story, “All the Pretty Horses”
    Sponsored by Fosters Group Ltd

    Best Sports Report
    Dan Koch and Michael McKenna, The Australian, “Broncos Under Investigation”
    Sponsored by Media Super

    Best Print/Online Feature Article
    Amanda Watt, The Courier-Mail QWeekend, “Vicious Cycle”
    Sponsored by Local Government Association of Queensland

    Best Radio Current Affairs or Feature
    Heather Stewart, Anita Barraud and Damien Carrick, ABC Radio National The Law Report, ” Queensland’s Child Protection System”
    Sponsored by Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance

    Best Radio News Report
    Stefan Armbruster, SBS Radio World View, “Malu Sara – Coroner’s Findings”
    Sponsored by Network Ten (Brisbane)

    Best TV News Report
    Michael Best and Michael McKinnon, Seven News, “Police Corruption”
    Sponsored by Queensland University of Technology

    Best Print/Online News Report
    Michael McKenna, The Australian, “Shocked to the Core”
    Sponsored by The Walkley Foundation

    Best Print/Online News Report – Regional & Community Media
    Tony Raggatt, Townsville Bulletin, “Storm Drain”
    Sponsored by Kingfisher Bay Resort

    Best Investigative Report
    Michael Crutcher and Matthew Fynes-Clinton, The Courier-Mail, “The Drugs Scourge”
    Sponsored by Slater & Gordon Lawyers

    Journalist of the Year
    Michael McKenna, The Australian
    Sponsored by Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance Queensland Branch

    Most Outstanding Contribution to Journalism
    Albert Asbury, ABC
    Sponsored by The University of Queensland

    FULL LIST OF WINNERS:

    Young Journalist of the Year
    Thomas Chamberlin, The Cairns Post, “Cash for Comment”
    Sponsored by Department of the Premier and Cabinet

    Most Outstanding Journalism Student – Regional
    Kieran Moran, James Cook University, “Bouncers Behaving Badly”
    Sponsored by Queensland Parliamentary Media Gallery

    Best News Photograph – Regional & Community Media
    Marc McCormack, The Cairns Post, “Dengue Death”
    Sponsored by the ABC

    Most Outstanding Journalism Student – Metropolitan
    Tom Hersey, Queensland University of Technology, “Body of Work”
    Sponsored by Queensland Parliamentary Media Gallery

    Best Broadcast Report – Regional & Community Media
    Megan Woodward, ABC Radio AM, “The Ignored Flood”
    Sponsored by John Deere & Company

    Best Print/Online Feature Article or Opinion Piece – Regional & Community Media
    Nathan Evans, The Noosa Journal, “How Many More? Why it’s Time to Stop Playing Politics over Killer Highway”
    Sponsored by James Cook University

    Excellence in Rural Journalism
    Pip Courtney and Ingrid Just, ABC TV Landline, “Blue Hills – Back to the Future”
    Sponsored by Australia Post

    Best Coverage of Social Equity and/or Indigenous Affairs
    Chloe Cassidy, Network Ten, “On the Ball”
    Sponsored by Queensland Council of Social Service

    Best Coverage of Multicultural Issues
    Amanda Watt, The Courier-Mail QWeekend, “Hell and High Water”
    Sponsored by Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland

    Best Business or Property Report
    Liam Walsh, The Courier-Mail, “The Business of ABC”
    Sponsored by Terry White Chemists

    Best Three Headlines
    Grantlee Kieza, The Courier-Mail, “Three Headlines”
    Sponsored by Australia Post

    Best Cartoon, Illustration or Graphic
    Brett Lethbridge, couriermail.com.au, ” Australia”
    Sponsored by Media Super

    Best Comment, Analysis, Opinion & Critique
    Mike O’Connor, The Courier-Mail, “It’s a Bridge too Far”
    Sponsored by Purple Palate

    Best Photographic Essay
    David Kelly, The Courier-Mail QWeekend, “Man or Mouth”
    Sponsored by Nikon

    Best News Photograph
    Marissa Calligeros, brisbanetimes.com.au, “Thurston Breaks Down at Uncle’s Funeral”
    Sponsored by Seven Network ( Brisbane)

    Best TV News Camera Work
    John Varga, Seven News, “Moreton Bay Oil Spill”
    Sponsored by The Courier-Mail

    Best Broadcast Interview
    Bill McDonald, Ten News at Five, ” Walk Down Disaster Lane”
    Sponsored by Griffith University

    Best TV Current Affairs, Documentary or Feature (including camera work)
    Caitlin Shea and Kristine Taylor, ABC TV Australian Story, “All the Pretty Horses”
    Sponsored by Fosters Group Ltd

    Best Sports Report
    Dan Koch and Michael McKenna, The Australian, “Broncos Under Investigation”
    Sponsored by Media Super

    Best Print/Online Feature Article
    Amanda Watt, The Courier-Mail QWeekend, “Vicious Cycle”
    Sponsored by Local Government Association of Queensland

    Best Radio Current Affairs or Feature
    Heather Stewart, Anita Barraud and Damien Carrick, ABC Radio National The Law Report, ” Queensland’s Child Protection System”
    Sponsored by Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance

    Best Radio News Report
    Stefan Armbruster, SBS Radio World View, “Malu Sara – Coroner’s Findings”
    Sponsored by Network Ten (Brisbane)

    Best TV News Report
    Michael Best and Michael McKinnon, Seven News, “Police Corruption”
    Sponsored by Queensland University of Technology

    Best Print/Online News Report
    Michael McKenna, The Australian, “Shocked to the Core”
    Sponsored by The Walkley Foundation

    Best Print/Online News Report – Regional & Community Media
    Tony Raggatt, Townsville Bulletin, “Storm Drain”
    Sponsored by Kingfisher Bay Resort

    Best Investigative Report
    Michael Crutcher and Matthew Fynes-Clinton, The Courier-Mail, “The Drugs Scourge”
    Sponsored by Slater & Gordon Lawyers

    Journalist of the Year
    Michael McKenna, The Australian
    Sponsored by Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance Queensland Branch

    Most Outstanding Contribution to Journalism
    Albert Asbury, ABC
    Sponsored by The University of Queensland

  • 2008 WINNERS

    Most Outstanding Journalism Student
    Regional Winner

    Tom Haynes, University of the Sunshine Coast, The Sunshine Coast Daily, Seven News

    Metro Winner
    Kelly Hussey-Smith, Griffith University UNIverse Magazine, the Phnom Penh Post and the Australian PhotoJournalist

    All Media Award for Young Journalist of the Year
    Meg Palmer, Network Ten

    All Media Award for Excellence in Rural Journalism
    Pip Courtney, ABC TV Landline

    Social Justice/Indigenous Reporting
    Tony Koch, The Australian, “Desperate Hours of Island Rape Victim”

    Best Business or Property Report
    Patrick Lion, The Courier-Mail, “Tanks for Nothing”

    Regional and Community Award for Best Broadcast
    Stacey Katter,ABC Radio, “Is Mt Isa Mine Poisoning the Children?”

    Regional and Community Award for Best News Photograph
    Bryan Lynch, The Townsville Bulletin, “Heartbreak”

    Regional and Community Award for Best Feature Article or Opinion Piece
    Rae Wilson , TheSunshine Coast Dail, “Dirty Cops”

    Regional and Community Award for Best Print News Report
    Tahnee Watson,The North West Star, “Dajarra Water”

    Best TV News Camera Work
    Michael Lloyd,Seven News, “City Night Chaplains”

    Best Radio Production Work
    Ian Townsend, ABC Radio National, “Lost planes, lost men”

    Best Radio Current Affairs or Feature
    Heather Stewart,ABC Radio National Law Report, “Coronial Inquests”

    Best Online Content Award
    Jodie Munro O’Brien, The Courier-Mail, “ Iraq and Various stories”

    Best Comment, Analysis, Opinion & Critique (All Media)
    Tony Koch, The Australian, “Arrant Nonsense – Justice Fails”

    Best Three Newspaper Headlines
    Geoff Shearer, The Courier-Mail,  “Tar Very Much”

    Best Cartoon, Illustration or Graphics
    Brett Lethbridge, The Courier-Mail, “Political Idol”

    Best News Photograph
    Brian Cassey, freelancing for the Sydney Morning Herald, “Aurukun Truants”

    Best Photographic Essay
    Brian Cassey, published in The Courier-Mail & Good Weekend Magazine, “Who’s Sorry Now?”

    Best Sports Report
    Sean Parnell, The Australian, “A Level Playing Field”

    Best Broadcast Interview across All Media
    Stacey Katter, ABC North West Queensland, “Is Mt Isa Mine Poisoning the Children?”

    Best TV Current Affairs, Documentary or Feature
    Joint winners
    The Ten News Team, “Flooding Rains” and Mark Willacy, The 7:30 Report, “ Toxic Town”

    Best TV News Report
    Michael Best, Seven News, “Ocean Rescue”

    Best Feature Article
    Trent Dalton, The Courier-Mail, “City of Broken Dreams”

    Best Print News Report
    Tony Koch and Padraic Murphy, The Australian, “No Jail for Rape of Girl, 10″

  • 2007 WINNERS

    Cathy Border, Ten News State Political Editor, received the 2007 Most Outstanding Contribution to Queensland Journalism Award.

    The lifetime achievement award was announced at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre presentation dinner for the 2007 Queensland Media Awards.

    Cathy began her career in 1985 as a researcher with the ABC before working as a reporter for 4AY in Townsville and as a senior reporter and producer for Brisbane’s 4BC.

    In 1992, she returned to ABC radio, where she hosted a variety of current affairs programs.

    Since May 2000, Cathy has worked for the Ten Network as their State Political Reporter.

    Landline’s Sally Sara and Pip Courtney shared the Award for Journalist of the Year for their work “Black Dog” on depression amongst rural Australians.

    Freelance Journalist Prize (All Media) – Sponsored by Queensland Council of Social Service
    Heather Stewart, ABC Radio National and The Courier-Mail, “Breaking The Silence: Mentally Ill in Regional Queensland”

    Social Justice Award (All Media) – Sponsored by Queensland Council of Social Service
    Elizabeth Allen, The Courier-Mail, “Suicide Series” Michael McKenna, The Australian, “Betrayed Again”

    Excellence in Agri-Business Reporting (All Media) – Sponsored by the Rural Press Club
    Tim Collits, Ten News, “Milk”

    Best Business or Property Report (All Media) – Sponsored by O’Neil Scott & Associates
    Hedley Thomas, The Weekend Australian and The Australian, “Coal Crisis”

    Best Coverage of Indigenous Affairs (All Media) – Sponsored by Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance
    Brian Cassey, The Australian and The Courier-Mail, “To Be Indigenous – 40 Years On”

    Multicultural Media Award (All Media) – Sponsored by Multicultural Affairs
    Queensland Suzanna Clarke, The Courier-Mail, “Building Bridges”

    Best Road Safety Awareness Report (All Media) – Sponsored by RACQ CARRS-Q
    Patrick Lion, The Courier-Mail, “Stop the Carnage”

    Most Outstanding Journalism Student (All Media) – Sponsored by the Queensland Parliamentary Media Gallery
    Metropolitan Campus: Scott Mackinnon, Griffith University
    Regional Campus: Loretta Bryce, University of Southern Queensland

    Young Journalist of the Year (All Media) – Sponsored by the ABC
    Jessica Grewal, Fraser Coast Chronicle, “The Ice Age”

    Excellence in Rural Journalism (All Media) – Sponsored by the Rural Press Club
    Sally Sara & Pip Courtney, ABC TV’s Landline, “Black Dog”

    Best TV or Radio Report (Regional & Suburban Media) – Sponsored by Kingfisher Bay Resort & Village
    Ashley McDermid, Channel Nine Gold Coast News, “The Lacey Brothers”

    Best Newspaper Photograph (Regional & Suburban Media) – Sponsored by Kingfisher Bay Resort & Village
    Vicki Wood, Caboolture News, “Mal Brough Lets It Out”

    Best Newspaper Feature Article or Opinion Piece (Regional & Suburban Media) -Sponsored by James Cook University
    Evan Morgan, Townsville Bulletin, “Over the Hump”

    Best Newspaper News Report (Regional & Suburban Media) – Sponsored by James Cook University
    Carolyn Tucker, Sunshine Coast Daily, “The Club”

    Best TV Documentary or Feature Camera Work (Television & Radio) – Sponsored by Quest Community Newspapers
    Wayne Hylard, Channel Nine’s Saturday Afternoon, “Take to the Skies”

    Best TV News Camera Work (Television & Radio) – Sponsored by Quest Community Newspapers
    Damian Leschke, Troy Gordon, Brian Russell & Nick Smith, Channel Nine Gold Coast News, “Runaway Deer”

    Best News & Current Affairs Production Work (Television & Radio) – Sponsored by Griffith University
    Craig Cooper & Kurt Howard, Channel Nine’s A Current Affair, “Drunk Driving Instructor”

    Best Radio Current Affairs or Feature (Television & Radio) – Sponsored by Griffith University
    Antony Funnell & Andrew Davies, ABC Radio National’s The Media Report, “Cross Media Changes and the State of Regional Media”

    Best Online News Coverage (All Media) – Sponsored by Queenslanders personal banking
    Shannon Molloy & Georgina Robinson, brisbanetimes.com.au, “Morgan”

    Best Cartoon, Illustration or Graphic (Newspapers) – Sponsored by JUST Super
    Brett Lethbridge, The Courier-Mail, “Murder Most Abstract”

    Best Three Headlines (Newspapers) – Sponsored by Australia Post
    Geoff Shearer, The Courier-Mail, “Love and other Cack-astrophies”

    Best Newspaper Photograph (Newspapers) – Sponsored by Seven Network
    Eddie Safarik, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, “Haneef Leaves the Brisbane Watchhouse”

    Best Newspaper Sport Report (Newspapers) – Sponsored by Network Ten
    Sean Parnell, The Australian, “Sport Politics”

    Best TV Sport Report (Television & Radio) – Sponsored by The Courier-Mail
    Rohan Welsh, Seven News, “Camp Terrible”

    Best TV Current Affairs, Documentary or Feature (Television & Radio) – Sponsored by QUT Creative Industries
    Roger Carter, ABC TV’s Australian Story, “A Red Hot Go”

    Best TV News Report (Television & Radio) – Sponsored by QUT
    Michael Best, Seven News, “North Queensland Floods”

    Best Newspaper Feature Article (Newspapers) – Sponsored by The University of Queensland
    Trent Dalton, The Courier-Mail’s Qweekend, “Losing Matty”

    Best Newspaper News Report (Newspapers) – Sponsored by The University of Queensland
    Hedley Thomas, The Australian, “Dr Haneef”

    Best Comment, Analysis, Opinion & Critique (All Media) – Sponsored by Three Plus
    Tony Koch, The Australian, “Coroner Mistaken on Death”

    Journalists of the Year (All Media) – Sponsored by Shine Lawyers
    Sally Sara & Pip Courtney, ABC TV’s Landline, “Black Dog”

    Most Outstanding Contribution to Journalism (All Media) – Sponsored by Virgin Blue
    Cathy Border, Political Editor, Ten News

  • 2006 WINNERS

    Most Outstanding Journalism Student (All Media) – Sponsored by Queensland Parliamentary Media Gallery
    Regional campus finalists
    :
    Renae Henry, University of the Sunshine Coast
    Hannah Klose, University of the Sunshine Coast
    Kathryn Young, Griffith University
    Special mention: Kathryn Young, Griffith University, for research above and beyond the call of duty, operating undercover as a phone sex worker for a feature on the women involved.
    Regional campus winner: Hannah Klose
    Judges’ comments:

    Hannah worked hard for Channel Seven on the Sunshine Coast this year, producing an impressive array of television news stories, and demonstrating an understanding of what makes good and relevant regional news.

    Metropolitan campus finalists:
    Bettina Hamilton-Irvine, QUT
    Melissa Mallet, QUT
    Leysha Penfold, J School
    Metropolitan campus winner: Melissa Mallet
    Judges’ comments:
    Melissa shows a flair for television news reporting which was clearly demonstrated in her award entries, and has a promising career ahead of her.

    Best Cadet or J1 Journalist Award (All Media) – Sponsored by ABC
    Finalists:

    Amy Remeikis, Sunshine Coast Daily, Body of Work
    Patrick Lion, The Courier-Mail, Body of Work
    Kathleen Donaghey, The Toowoomba Chronicle, Body of Work
    Winner: Patrick Lion, The Courier-Mail, Body of Work
    Judges’ comments:
    The judges were impressed by the standard in this year’s Cadet and J1 category and all finalists are commended for their performance in a consistent body of work. In reaching a final decision the panel considered the journalist’s ability to adapt and report across a wide range of areas whether it is in a regional or metropolitan market. The panel encourages this year’s finalists to vigorously attempt to break news while developing and honing their reporting skills.

    Freelance Journalism Award (All Media) – Sponsored by James Cook University
    Finalists:

    Desiree Duncan, Wynnum Herald, “Wynnum Herald 60th Anniversary Special Edition”
    Brian Cassey, The Courier-Mail, “Larry”
    Winner: Brian Cassey, The Courier-Mail, “Larry”
    Judges’ comments:

    Just hours after Cyclone Larry crossed the coast at Innisfail, Cairns-based freelance photographer Brian Cassey was taking some of the first pictures for Australia and the world. The scope and quality of Brian’s images of wrecked houses and lives gave us a mere glimpse of what had happened in far north Queensland. The shock, grief and disbelief on the faces of young couples and elderly residents mixed with aerial shots of the matchstick remains of homes and businesses left us gasping as well. In the very best traditions of the travelling freelancer, Brian immediately reacted to the crisis, got the shots and got them out.

    Best Coverage of Indigenous Affairs (All Media) – Sponsored by James Cook University
    Finalists:

    Greg Reid, Bumma Bippera Media, “Talk Black”
    Jeff Waters, ABC, “Palm Anniversary”
    Tony Koch, The Australian, “Dirty Big Secret”
    Special mention: The judges made special mention of the short-listed entry by Tony Koch. Tony’s ongoing commitment to indigenous affairs over many years has been a shining example of the role mainstream media can play in bringing to the fore the issues affecting indigenous people.
    Winner
    : Greg Reid, Bumma Bippera Media, “Talk Black”
    Judges’ comments:
    Talk Black showed an ongoing commitment to indigenous affairs. The program enjoys a solid following in the indigenous community and highlights issues which come to the attention of powerbrokers, and invariably sparks wider coverage in the mainstream media. By providing a vehicle to disseminate information to the indigenous community, it is well placed to tap into issues affecting its audience and uses that symbiotic relationship to good effect.

    Multicultural Media Award (All Media) – Sponsored by Multicultural Affairs Queensland
    Finalists:

    Margie Smithurst, ABC, “Asian Seniors”
    Kathleen Donaghey, The Toowoomba Chronicle, “People’s Stories”
    Clare Atkinson, 4ZZZ, “Harvest Festival”
    Winner: Kathleen Donaghey, The Toowoomba Chronicle, “People’s Stories”
    Judges’ comments:
    Kathleen Donaghey’s Garden of Diversity Project was a fascinating showcase of multiculturalism. She drew the rich colour of their lives with word, picture and narrative. As many journalists would know, it is often difficult to persuade editors of the merits of multicultural reports which do not involve hard news angles. Kathleen produced seven sensitively written profiles on Australians from countries including India, Bosnia, Tibet, Sudan and the Philippines.

    Best Coverage of Children’s or Young People’s Issues (All Media) – Sponsored by Commission for Children and Young People & Child Guardian
    Finalists:

    Jo Herriman-Ariel, Network Ten’s TTN, Body of Work
    Jenny Woodward, ABC-TV’s Stateline, “Dimity Dornan: Hear and Say”
    Winner: Jo Herriman-Ariel, Network Ten’s TTN, Body of Work
    Judges’ comments:
    Network Ten’s TTN produced an impressive body of work which showed its ongoing commitment to highlighting issues relevant to young people. The series of programs presented were a well-researched mix of stories. Rather than just presenting the news of the day in a manner which was easily digestible for children, the program went a step further in running stories about youth issues for the young people directly affected. In so doing, they engaged a generation which will in all probability be entrusted with addressing the youth issues of today when they walk the halls of power. In all, Network Ten presented a package which showed a depth of coverage and which reflects the importance of an ongoing commitment to youth issues and educating youth.

    Best Road Safety Awareness Report (All Media) – Sponsored by RACQ & CarsQ
    Finalists:

    Bruce McMahon, The Courier-Mail’s Q Weekend, “United at Random”
    Michelle Day, Gympie Times, “Who Helps The Helpers?”
    Cameron Atfield, The Courier-Mail, “Road Deaths Rob Families of Christmas Joy”
    Winner: Bruce McMahon, The Courier-Mail’s Q Weekend, “United at Random”
    Judges’ comments:
    Bruce McMahon’s article brilliantly demonstrated the ripple effect of one tragedy on up to 100 people. It was written in a very non-emotional way, but managed to powerfully put over the damage and hurt that follows a road tragedy. It broke the mould in its approach to the difficult issue.

    Excellence in Agri-Business Reporting (All Media) – Sponsored by Rural Press Club of Queensland
    Finalists:

    Kathleen Skene, Herbert River Express, “Sugar Prices Soar”
    Tracy Bange, Herbert River Express, Body of Work
    MaryLou Costa, Herbert River Express, Body of Work
    Winner: MaryLou Costa, Herbert River Express, Body of Work
    Judges’ comments:
    Working in the heart of the far north sugar cane growing region, MaryLou Costa’s body of work demonstrates the importance of the media’s role in supporting and informing local communities. Her research skills and commitment to giving many voices a chance to be heard impressed the judging panel. The panel noted that although agriculture is a vital element of the Queensland economy and many regional media outlets provide consistent coverage, this category was very poorly supported in the Queensland Media Awards.

    Excellence in Rural Journalism (All Media) – Sponsored by Rural Press Club of Queensland
    Finalists:

    Tracy Bange, Herbert River Express, Body of Work
    Sally Sara, ABC-TV’s Landline, “After The Storm”
    Kathleen Skene, Herbert River Express, Body of Work
    Winner: Sally Sara, ABC-TV’s Landline “After The Storm”
    Judges’ comments:
    Sally Sara’s experience as an accomplished journalist and her extraordinary ability to tell the story proved irresistible to the judging panel. The devastating effect of the category four cyclone named “Larry” was one of the biggest national stories this year. Sally Sara was among the many Queensland journalists who travelled to the region and brought the unfolding story to the world. In this Landline edition, Sally was among the first to explore the lasting implications for the local farming industries. Long before we were paying $18 a kilo for bananas, Sally stood in the battered plantations and showed us why. But more than that, she showed us what the big storm up north meant for the thousands of farmers, pickers and processors and their families.

    Best TV News Report (Television & Radio, Hinchliffe Regional & Suburban Awards) – Sponsored by APN News & Media
    Finalists:

    Jessica Ross, WIN News Sunshine Coast, “Traveston Dam Anger”
    Belinda Sanders, ABC-TV News, “Recycling Referendum”
    Rebecca Nardi, Seven News Sunshine Coast, “Need for Speed”
    Winner: Rebecca Nardi, Seven News Sunshine Coast, “Need for Speed”
    Judges’ comments:
    Rebecca Nardi was not content to cover a routine court appearance by a speeding hoon. After being tipped off about a dynamite video that was part of the prosecution’s brief, she made a formal application for its release and proceeded to develop the story into a national headline-grabber. The footage showed the hoon filming himself driving at 180 kilometres an hour while weaving through traffic, prompting another exclusive – his mother’s interview with Rebecca. The story generated enormous public interest about dangerous driving and only came about because of her determination to flesh out information that would otherwise have been buried.

    Best Editorial Photograph (Newspapers, Hinchliffe Regional & Suburban Awards) – Sponsored by Foster’s Group
    Finalists:

    David Clark, Gold Coast Bulletin, “How much Fun Is This?”
    Luke Marsden, The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton), “Life in Woori”
    Evan Morgan, Townsville Bulletin, “Hung in the Air”
    Winner: David Clark, Gold Coast Bulletin, “How much Fun Is This?”
    Judges’ comments:
    From an impressive range of entries the judges were struck by the energy and artistic merit in Clarks’ shot of a body-boarder free falling into violent churning surf at Currumbin. David chanced on the scene after going to Currumbin late in the afternoon to prepare for the following day’s Anzac Day dawn service. He had limited time in fading light to set up and spot his target. The fate of the body-boarder is unknown.

    Best Feature (Newspapers, Hinchliffe Regional & Suburban Awards) – Sponsored by Kingfisher Bay Resort & Village
    Finalists:

    Kate McIntosh, The Toowoomba Chronicle, “The Big Dry”
    Kate McIntosh, The Toowoomba Chronicle, “Long Way Home”
    Rae Wilson & Rebecca Marshall, Sunshine Coast Daily, “Fringes Of Paradise”
    Winner: Rae Wilson & Rebecca Marshall, Sunshine Coast Daily, “Fringes Of Paradise”
    Judges’ comments:
    This story made for a compelling read. Rae Wilson painted a bleak picture of life in Sunshine Coast caravan parks using excellent interviews with residents to illustrate her story. Yet her piece was far from one-dimensional. In this well-researched story, she looked into the reasons behind park violence and even revealed an upside: investigating how another caravan park had turned around its shady image.

    Best News Report (Newspapers, Hinchliffe Regional & Suburban Awards) – Sponsored by Queensland Rail
    Finalists:

    Rebecca Marshall, Sunshine Coast Daily, “US Navy”
    Carolyn Tucker, Sunshine Coast Daily, “Hospital Fiasco”
    Fiona Hamilton, Gold Coast Bulletin, “Badlands”
    Winner: Carolyn Tucker, Sunshine Coast Daily, “Hospital Fiasco”
    Judges’ comments:
    In this extremely well written collection of articles, Carolyn Tucker exposed the wheeling and dealing behind an expensive and important piece of public infrastructure. This thoroughly researched piece had major political implications: helping to spark a CMC investigation into former Health Minister Gordon Nuttall which in turn played a role in his decision not to contest the recent state election. Carolyn’s piece was the stand out entry in this category.

    Best Illustration/Graphic (Newspapers) – Sponsored by JUST Super
    Finalists:

    Tony Bela, The Courier-Mail, “Beaconsfield Rescue”
    Joanne Brooker, The Walkley Magazine, “Capote – In Cold Blood”
    Tristan Riguet, Stradbroke Island News, “Slow Road Sign”
    Winner: Tony Bela, The Courier-Mail, “Beaconsfield Rescue”
    Judges’ comments:
    In his three-dimensional graphic Tony Bela depicted the scenes beneath the Beaconsfield mine in Tasmania in a way that no words could adequately describe. It was the first real insight into the difficulties of the rescue operation and how it would need to progress to free the two miners. Tony highlighted the scenes: the trapped miners in a cage among boulders and rubble; the rescuers using a small pipe to convey food and messages; and the heavy equipment of those trying to clear a path to the men. As the rescue progressed and more details of the predicament were revealed, the fundamentals as shown in this illustration were shown to be accurate.

    Best Cartoon (Newspapers) – Sponsored by Seven News
    Finalists:

    Sean Leahy, The Courier-Mail, “Whoopsie Daisy”
    Joanne Brooker, The Walkley Magazine, “Going The Biff With Kerry”
    Joanne Brooker, The Walkley Magazine, “Glamour”
    Winner: Joanne Brooker, The Walkley Magazine, “Going The Biff With Kerry”
    Judges’ comments:
    Joanne Brooker’s cartoon “Going The Biff With Kerry” captured the essence of the media magnate in a classic fighting stance. Executives who dared to defy the man were depicted as squashed bugs in his boxing gloves. Anyone who has worked with Packer would recognise the glint in his narrowed eyes.
    The illustration by Brooker, a freelance illustrator, was a perfect match for the Gary Scully story that went with it.

    Best Three Headlines (Newspapers) – Sponsored by Seven News
    Finalists:

    Geoff Shearer, The Courier-Mail, “Nice try, but no cigar, after Bill tried to play ‘round of golf”, “Oh, tie a yellow ribbon, ‘round that old joke me” and “First it was to the Right, now she’s listing again”.
    Steele Tallon, The Sunday Mail, “Short But Sweet”, “Cruise Control”, “121 not out” and “Lives On The Line”.
    Winner: Geoff Shearer, The Courier-Mail, “Nice try, but no cigar, after Bill tried to play ‘round of golf”, “Oh, tie a yellow ribbon, ‘round that old joke tree” and “First it was to the Right, now she’s listing again”
    Judges’ comments:
    Geoff Shearer showed the value of using great headlines to complement a picture and entice the readers deeper into the page. His headline on Pauline Hanson showed knowledge of political history, which when read in conjunction with the photo told the whole story. In his other two submissions, Geoff’s use of subtle twists on well-known themes worked well. The judges lamented the fact that this was the only award open to sub-editors and it was restricted purely to headlines with no avenue open to judge the craft of either subbing copy, or designing pages.

    Best Editorial Photograph (Newspapers) – Sponsored by Ten News
    Finalists
    David Kelly, The Courier-Mail, “Best in Show”
    Rob Maccoll, The Courier-Mail, “Nothing Sticks”
    Brian Cassey, The Courier-Mail, “Indefatigable”
    Winner: Rob Maccoll, The Courier-Mail, “Nothing Sticks”
    Judges’ comments:
    In capturing the Premier walking through the mud and then wiping it off his shoes, the photographer was able to tell a much broader story. The image encapsulated the story of a Premier who, despite significant crisis within his government, was able to capture the moment, and then the sequence. It was both newsworthy and symbolic. In what many consider to have been a stage-managed election campaign, it captured an unguarded moment with precision and humour. Thus the photograph was the story.

    Best Sports Report (Newspapers) – Sponsored by Ten News
    Finalists:

    Bernie Pramberg & Bart Sinclair, The Courier-Mail, “Makybe Diva”
    Andrew Hamilton, The Courier-Mail, “Big Name Exodus From Lions”
    David Lems, The Queensland Times, ”Lovely Emotion”
    Winner: Andrew Hamilton, The Courier-Mail, “Big Name Exodus From Lions”
    Judges’ comments:
    The story of Akermanis’ split from the Lions dominated the second half of the AFL season largely due to the stories broken by Andrew Hamilton. His use of contacts within the Club allowed him to set the agenda and ultimately contributed to the demise of the once great “Aker”.

    Best Feature Article (Newspapers) – Sponsored by The University of Queensland
    Finalists:
    Leisa Scott, The Courier-Mail, “Stolen Memories”
    Jamie Walker, The Courier-Mail, “ The Caroline de Costa Profile”
    Margaret Wenham, The Courier-Mail, “ Helpless In The System”
    Winner: Margaret Wenham, The Courier-Mail, “Helpless In The System”
    Judges’ comments:
    This was an extremely strong field. The judges noted that the brilliant entries came from the old Courier-Mail broadsheet or the freshly born Q Weekend. Margaret Wenham’s piece delved behind closed doors to reveal deep flaws in the social justice system. Her article ultimately led to a Disability Services Queensland review.

    Best News Report (Newspapers) – Sponsored by The University of Queensland
    Finalists:

    Tonia Morton, Michelle Robinson & Cath Fouracre, Caboolture News, “Save Our Hospital”
    Jason Gregory, The Courier-Mail, “Chemical Neglect”
    Michael McKenna & Tony Koch, The Australian, “Merger Malfunction”
    Winner: Jason Gregory, The Courier-Mail, “Chemical Neglect”
    Judges’ comments:
    In breaking the story about the chemical waste from the industry in the Narangba area, Jason Gregory showed a great deal of persistence, initiative and courage. It required extensive research using primary sources, leaked government material and court documents. The story, although complicated because of the scale of the problem and the scientific elements, was well told.
    Its public impact was considerable. A number of the businesses were identified for removal. Residents began legal action, and council and state planning instruments were under the spotlight. The coverage articulated the public policy issues while also clearly showing the strong human impact. The entry encapsulated what a good news story should be about. Good research, which uncovered important information told in a compelling and engaging way.

    Best News Camera Work (Television & Radio) – Sponsored by Quest Community Newspapers
    Finalists:

    Michael Augustus & Mark Chapman, Ten News, “Shooting”
    Craig Myers, NBN Television, “Factory Fire”
    Winner: Michael Augustus and Mark Chapman, Ten News, “Shooting”
    Judges’ comments:
    This story was obviously shot under difficult circumstances, given the presence of police, the location and time of day. It was shot well and had great newsworthy shots, for example an injured police officer being tended to by a colleague. It would have been a difficult location to film and could have been dangerous to the crew. Regardless, the Camera Operator had many great shots that told a story with compassion to the injured police officer. There were good telling shots of the police forensic team, on scene action, as well as being well lit. This entry was of a high standard.

    Best Cinematography (Television & Radio) – Sponsored by Quest Community Newspapers
    No finalists were listed in this category.
    Winner: John Varga, Seven News, “Mary Valley Report”
    Judges’ comments:
    This video was chosen as the winner because of its high quality camera work, on a story that would have otherwise been picture poor. The Camera Operator had well executed shots, a nice use of wide-angle lens, good frame compositions and a good use of soft light and back light. This entry was a high standard for News Cinematography and is a well-deserved winner.

    Best Radio News Report (Television & Radio) – Sponsored by Griffith University
    Finalists:

    Kellie Riordan, 612 ABC Brisbane, “Criminals or Patients”
    Conor Duffy, ABC Radio, “Cyclone Larry”
    Darren Roberts, 4BC/4BH, “Ministerial Reshuffle”
    Winner: Kellie Riordan, 612 ABC Brisbane, “ Criminals or Patients”
    Judges’ comments:
    In a gripping interview with a woman who had been charged with the attempted murder of a difficult family member, Kellie Riordan explored the difficult themes about mental health. The poignant interview laid bare the torment of mentally ill offenders caught between the criminal justice system and psychiatric institutions. It came hard on the heels of the most recent public frenzy over the day release of a notorious mentally ill offender, Claude Gabriel. The interview presented another compelling side in a debate that is often politicised.

    Best Radio Current Affairs or Public Interest Program (Television & Radio) – Sponsored by Griffith University
    Finalists:

    Conor Duffy, ABC Radio, “Mt Mulligan”
    Antony Funnell, ABC Radio National, “Financial Abuse of The Elderly”
    Jeff Waters, ABC Radio’s PM, “Palm Island Housing”
    Winner:
    Jeff Waters, ABC Radio’s PM, “Palm Island Housing”
    Judges’ comments:
    Jeff waters took the initiative and visited Palm Island to tell a story no other electronic media, nor indeed no other media had been willing to tell. Jeff tried to look beyond Palm Island’s violent reputation to attempt to understand the heart of the community’s many problems. Being on the island, rather than covering the issue over the phone, he connected with his interviewees and the natural sound used in this piece made this story compelling. Jeff’s passion for indigenous issues shined through in this piece.

    Best TV or Radio Sports Report (Television & Radio) – Sponsored by The Courier-Mail /The Sunday Mail
    There were no finalists in this category.
    Winner: Claire Forster, Kirstin Murray, Kristine Taylor, Roger Carter and Angela Trabucco, ABC-TV’s Australian Story, “ A Wealth Of Friends”
    Judges’ comments:
    The judges were extremely disappointed that in the biggest sporting nation, in a Commonwealth Games year, only one entry was received in this category.
    However, they believed that the Australian Story entry was a worthy winner. A wealth of friends uncovered one of Australia’s lesser-known sporting greats and how his friendship with a wealthy benefactor is now underwriting Queensland’s medical research bodies.

    Best TV Documentary or Feature (Television & Radio)  Sponsored by The Courier-Mail/The Sunday Mail
    Finalists:

    Mark Willacy, ABC-TV’s Foreign Correspondent, “Jerusalem Syndrome”
    Kirstin Murray & Angela Trabucco, ABC-TV’s Australian Story, “The Lost Boy”
    Peter Doherty, Seven Network, “Cyclone Larry”
    Joint winners: Kirstin Murray & Angela Trabucco, ABC-TV’s Australian Story, “The Lost Boy” and Peter Doherty, Seven Network, “Cyclone Larry”
    Judges’ comments:
    In a very strong field of entries two shining lights emerged: Australian Story’s revealing insight into footballer Ian Roberts and the Seven News Documentary after Cyclone Larry. In the Australian Story, Ian Roberts shocked even those closest to him when he revealed his relationship with a paedophile victim who ended up buried in a shallow grave. Seven News’s Cyclone Larry documentary went beyond the story relating to the immediate devastation caused by Larry to examine the wider issues of cyclones in Queensland.

    Best TV Current Affairs Over 10 Minutes (Television & Radio) – Sponsored by The Courier-Mail/The Sunday Mail
    Finalists:

    Matt Wordsworth, ABC-TV’s Stateline, “Police Vests”
    Claire Forster, Kirstin Murray, Kristine Taylor, Roger Carter & Angela Trabucco, ABC-TV’s Australian Story, “The Mourning After”
    Jeff Waters, ABC-TV’s Stateline, “Palm Anniversary”
    Winner: Claire Forster, Kirstin Murray, Kristine Taylor, Roger Carter & Angela Trabucco, ABC-TV’s Australian Story, “The Mourning After”
    Judges’ comments:
    Australian Story broke the Brimble story, which has continued to dominate headlines. Until this program, few could have recognised the name or been aware of the shortcomings of the investigation that followed her death. It was emotional and compelling viewing.

    Best Current Affairs Under 10 Minutes (Television & Radio) – Sponsored by QUT Creative Industries
    Finalists:

    Jeff Waters, ABC-TV’s Stateline, “Palm Island Housing”
    Jenny Woodward, ABC-TV’s Stateline, “Wild Weather”
    Commended: Jenny Woodward, ABC-TV’s Stateline, “Wild Weather”
    Winner: Jeff Waters, ABC-TV’s Stateline, “Palm Island Housing”
    Judges’ comments:
    An Insightful tale of poverty in an Australian town, this Stateline report by Jeff Waters continues the great ABC tradition of Today Tonight and Four Corners in telling a story that politicians and bureaucrats would prefer remained untold. Yet it does so using the latest digital storytelling technologies. In one sense it is an all too familiar story – geographic isolation, third world living standards, and bureaucratic culpability. In another sense it is a very timely story, which explains the Palm Island riots that followed the death of an indigenous person in custody, the Coroner’s Report into which was released the day entries were judged.

    Best TV News Report (Television & Radio) – Sponsored by QUT Creative Industries
    Finalists:

    Jeff Waters, ABC-TV News, “Papuan Exiles”
    Brett Clappis, Ten News, “Cyclone Larry”
    Seven News Team, “Cyclone Larry”
    Winner: Brett Clappis, Ten News, “Cyclone Larry”
    Judges’ comments:
    Coverage of Cyclone Larry – one of the biggest stories of 2006 – was outstanding by all the networks. What set Brett Clappis’ report apart was that he was the only reporter to file from Innisfail during the cyclone. His coverage and that of his Camera Operator allowed Queenslanders too see the devastation of Larry first hand.

    Best Online/Wire Report (All Media)  Sponsored by Queenslanders
    Finalists:

    Chris Griffith & Daniel Hammond, The Courier-Mail, “Multimedia Investigations”
    Cameron Atfield, Neil Hickey, Graeme Parks, Chris Griffith, Neale Maynard, Cindy Lord, Paula Doneman & Terry O’Connor, The Courier-Mail, “Steve Irwin Dead”
    Australian Associated Press Team, “The Day the Croc Hunter Died”
    Winner: Chris Griffith & Daniel Hammond, The Courier-Mail, “Multimedia Investigations”
    Judges’ comments:
    The winner of Best Online/Wire Report was distinguished in this category by the comprehensive use of technology in supporting the story. The winning report was extensively researched, held newsworthiness, public interest and impact while upholding the Code of Ethics. The panel was impressed by the innovative use of all available technology used to illustrate the story and allow the reader access to a diverse range of supporting references.

    Best Business/Property Report (All Media) – Sponsored by O’Neill Scott & Associates Accountants
    Finalists:

    Kathleen Skene, Herbert River Express, “Coastal Squeeze”
    John McCarthy, The Courier-Mail, “Point of No Return”
    Liam Walsh, The Courier-Mail, “ The Tunnel Float”
    Winner: Liam Walsh, The Courier -Mail, “ The Tunnel Float”
    Judges’ comments:
    Instead of swallowing the official line about the value of an upcoming float of Queensland’s newest public company, Liam Walsh tunnelled into the true story. He discovered that some of the public statements being released by the RiverCity Motorway Group omitted relevant information that the public had a right to know. Facts including a discrepancy in traffic volume estimates, which would have affected revenues and the benefits to investors, were exposed.

    Best Comment, Analysis, Opinion & Critique (All Media) – Sponsored by Three Plus
    Finalists:

    Tony Koch, The Australian, Body of Work
    Dennis Atkins, The Courier-Mail, “Party Games”
    Paul Syvret, The Courier-Mail, “Tuesday View”
    Joint Winners: Dennis Atkins, The Courier-Mail, “Party Games” and
    Paul Syvret, The Courier-Mail, “Tuesday View”
    Judges’ comments:
    Both winners represent two different styles, equally insightful, revelatory and analytical. Dennis Atkins’ Party Games columns show considerable depth of political knowledge, and diverse and reliable sources. His political memory shows through in his writing, and his ability to see through divergent political manoeuvres. Paul Syvret’s work shows strength of opinion over a diverse range of topics. He has an ability to clearly articulate a complex issue and make it engaging to the broader readership. His frequent use of humour and analogy delivers the reader incisive and thought-provoking public analysis.

    Best Investigative Report (All Media) – Sponsored by Shine Lawyers

    Finalists:
    Matt Wordsworth, ABC-TV’s Stateline & News, “Police Vests”
    Amanda Paterson & Lisa Ryan, Channel Nine’s A Current Affair, “Catching Casanova”
    Tony Koch, The Australian, “Parliament’s Antiques Fall Into Truck”
    Winner: Amanda Paterson & Lisa Ryan, Channel Nine’s A Current Affair, “Catching Casanova”
    Judges’ comments:
    In an extremely tough category, the judges decided that a riveting campaign about a serial fraudster and his many victims deserved the honours. The exposure of Ben Marks took a massive behind-the-scenes effort. In the face of apathy from Queensland police, Amanda Paterson and Lisa Ryan unearthed facts about his unlawful modus operandi that eventually forced the police to act. The ACA team persuaded more than 30 women who had been conned to tell their humiliating stories about rip-offs totalling hundreds of thousands of dollars. The investigations outed Marks for purporting to be a police officer, a dog handler, a vet, a doctor, a helicopter rescuer and a Brisbane Bronco. The ACA team’s persistence put Marks out of business in two states. It was a story that made you laugh and cringe. It was doggedly pursued, well told, and capped with drama.

    Most Outstanding Contribution to Journalism (All Media)
     – Sponsored by Virgin Blue
    Winner
    : Peter Morley, The Courier-Mail

  • 2005 WINNERS

    Most Outstanding Journalism Student (all media)
    Metropolitan Winner: Angela Banbury, JSchool College, body of work

    Kevin O’Donoghue Award for Best Cadet or J1 Journalist (all media)
    Jason Gregory, The Courier-Mail, Body of work

    Best Coverage of Children’s or Young People’s Issues (all media)
    Kristine Taylor (producer) and Roger Carter (editor), ABC-TV’s Australian Story, “Only in America”

    Best Road Safety Awareness Report (All Media)
    Phil Willmington, National Nine News, “Safe Drivers”

    Multicultural Media Award (All Media)
    Jeff Waters, ABC-TV News, “Buddha’s Birthday”

    Excellence in Rural Journalism (All Media)
    Joanne Shoebridge, ABC-TV’s Landline, “The Blame Game”

    Excellence in Agribusiness Reporting (All Media)
    Kathleen Skene, Herbert River Express, Body of work

    Best Coverage of Research & Technology (All Media)
    Ian Townsend, ABC Radio National, “Sick Sperm Syndrome”

    Freelance Journalism Award (All Media)
    Brian Cassey, “Tsunami Photographic Essay”

    Best Radio Report (Electronic Media, Hinchliffe R&S Awards)
    Paula Tapiolas, ABC Radio, Townsville, “Palm Riot”

    Best News Report (Electronic Media, Hinchliffe R&S Awards)
    Samille Muirhead, Seven Queensland, “Terror Tape”

    Best Editorial Photograph (Print Media, Hinchliffe R&S Awards)
    Evan Morgan, Townsville Bulletin, “Calling the Cows”

    Best Feature (Print Media, Hinchliffe R&S Awards)
    Fiona Hamilton, Gold Coast Bulletin, “Love Hurts: The Love Letters Scandal”

    Best News Report (Print Media, Hinchliffe R&S Awards)
    Tenille Bonoguore, Sunshine Coast Daily, “Fatal Flaw: Our Deadly Highway”

    Best Cartoon (Print Media)
    Brett Lethbridge, The Courier-Mail, “Monster Problem”

    Best Illustration/Graphic (Print Media)
    Tony Bela, The Courier-Mail, “Formula 1 Grand Prix Car”

    Best Three Headlines (Print Media)
    Geoff Shearer, The Courier-Mail, “Retirement’s A Fish Called Wander”, “Tough Talker’s Day Was Maiden Heaven” & “Life’s a Cabernet Old Chum”

    Best Editorial Photograph (Print Media)
    Rob Maccoll, The Courier-Mail, “Tsunami Retrieval”

    Best Sports Report (Print Media)
    Paul Malone, The Courier-Mail, “Drug Stance Could Cost Sports Millions”

    Best Feature (Print Media)
    Jamie Walker, The Courier-Mail, “Thai Tsunami”

    Best News Report (Print Media)
    Hedley Thomas, The Courier-Mail, “Why Didn’t They Check?”

    Best Cinematography (Electronic Media)
    Glen Armstrong, Ten News, “Rocky”

    Best Online/Wire Report (Electronic Media)
    David O’Sullivan/News Online Team, ABC News Online, “London Bombings”

    Best Radio Current Affairs or Public Interest Program (Electronic Media)
    Paul Barclay, ABC Radio National, “Bundaberg’s Dr Death”

    Best Sports Report (Electronic Media)
    Claire Forster (producer), Kristine Taylor (researcher) and Angela Trabucco (editor), ABC-TV’s Australian Story, “The Comeback Kid”

    Best Documentary or Feature (Electronic Media)
    Caitlin Shea, ABC-TV’s Australian Story, “Good Morning Mr Sarra”

    Best Current Affairs (Electronic Media)
    Jeff Waters, ABC-TV’s Stateline, “Care Abuse”

    Best News Report (Electronic Media)
    Seven News Team, “Palm Island Riot”

    Best Business/Property Report (all media)
    Liam Walsh, The Courier-Mail, “Sam’s in Dispute over Two Outlets/Sam’s Woes Worsen”

    Best Comment, Analysis, Opinion & Critique (all media)
    Sean Parnell, The Australian, “The Rise and Fall of Tony Morris, QC”

    Best Investigative Report (All Media)
    Hedley Thomas, The Courier-Mail, “Exposing a Sick System”

    Most Outstanding Contribution to Journalism (all media)
    Bob Johnston, ABC News Online

  • WINNERS 2004

    Most Outstanding Journalism Student – All Media
    Regional UniversityBernie Matthews, University of Southern Queensland, The Crime and Prison Movie Genre Showcase Only Rare True Success
    Metropolitan UniversityJessica Ross, QUT, Portfolio of work

    Kevin O’Donoghue Award for Best Cadet or J1 Journalist – All Media
    Nicola McDougall
    , The Chronicle (Toowoomba), Body of work

    Best Coverage of Children’s or Young People’s Issues – All Media
    Kellie Riordan
    , ABC Radio’s Triple J Hack Program, Young Voters and Kill TV Councillor

    Best Road Safety Awareness Report – All Media
    Craig Johnstone
    , The Courier-Mail, Southeast’s Road to Ruin

    Best Coverage of Disability Issues – All Media
    Julian Kennedy
    , Quest Newspapers’ Northern Times and Caboolture Shire Herald, Children Caged and various other reports on the Care organisation

    Multicultural Media Award – All Media
    David Kelly & Catriona Mathewson
    , The Courier-Mail, Happy Mother’s Day

    Best Coverage of Indigenous Affairs – All Media
    Tony Koch
    , News Ltd (The Courier-Mail), Mothers Demand Action to Stop Brutal Cycle of Abuse, and Winegate

    Best Coverage of Research & Technology – All Media
    Jenny Woodward
    , ABC-TV’s Stateline, The Climate Gamble

    Freelance Journalism Award – All Media
    Petrina Zaphir
    , Panda Video/Ten News, Dead Chooks, Chook Charges and Chook Killers

    Excellence in Agribusiness Reporting – All Media
    Nine News Team
    , Nine Network, Citrus Canker

    Excellence in Rural Journalism – All Media
    Peter Lewis
    , ABC-TV’s Landline, Risky Business – Australia’s Biosecurity Arrangements Challenged

    Best Radio Report – Electronic Media, Hinchliffe Regional and Suburban Awards
    Brett Judge, ABC Radio News Townsville, Kitten Killers

    Best News Report – Electronic Media, Hinchliffe Regional and Suburban Awards
    Tamara Henderson, Seven Network Sunshine Coast, Baby Bob Feeds Croc

    Best Editorial Photograph – Print Media, Hinchliffe Regional and Suburban Awards
    Jodie Richter, Queensland Times, Snuffeluffagus

    Best Feature/Colour Article – Print Media, Hinchliffe Regional and Suburban Awards
    Karla Pincott, Townsville Bulletin, Paying the Price

    Best News Report – Print Media, Hinchliffe Regional and Suburban Awards
    Fiona Hamilton
    , Gold Coast Bulletin, Shonky Kickbacks Rule Surfers

    Best Cartoon – Print Media
    Highly commended: Sean Leahy, The Courier-Mail, Power Point Pete

    Best Editorial Photograph – Print Media
    Bruce Long,
     The Courier-Mail, Kyle Walks Again

    Best Three Headlines – Print Media
    Ben Vernon
    , Townsville Bulletin, Oil Crisis To Get Crude, Gored Blimey! He’s Copped a Bum Steer, and Crack Shot

    Best Sports Report – Print Media
    Mike Colman
    , The Courier-Mail, Two Weeks in August

    Best Feature/Colour Article – Print Media
    Hedley Thomas
    , The Courier-Mail, A Life Cut Short

    Best News Report – Print Media
    Steven Wardill & Rosemary Odgers
    , The Courier-Mail, Queensland’s Summer Power Crisis – Body of work

    Best Online/News Wire Report – Electronic Media
    Bernie Matthews
    , Online Opinion, Abuse Within Prisons Makes Prisoners More Violent Upon Release

    Best Radio Report – Electronic Media
    Jo-Anne Youngleson
    , ABC Radio News, Forde Inquiry – Five Years On

    Best Cinematography – Electronic Media
    Mark Michalek & Norm Wakerley, Seven Network Brisbane, Little Boy Lost

    Best Documentary or Feature – Electronic Media
    Pip Courtney
    , ABC-TV’s Landline, Chilla Seeney – The Old Master

    Best Sports Report – Electronic Media
    Michael Lund, ABC Radio, Pitch Invasion

    Best News Report – Electronic Media
    David Salmon
    , Seven Network Brisbane, Baby Bob’s Crocodile Adventure

    Best Current Affairs – Electronic Media
    Amanda Patterson & Lisa Ryan
    , Nine Network’s A Current Affair, Keith Lloyd

    Best Business/Property Report – All Media
    Pip Courtney
    , ABC-TV’s Landline, Venture Capital – A Capital Idea

    Best Commentary, Analysis, Opinion & Critique – All Media
    Craig Johnstone
    , The Courier-Mail, Power Plays

    Best Investigative Report – All Media
    Amanda Patterson & Lisa Ryan
    , Nine Network’s A Current Affair, Keith Lloyd

    Most Outstanding Contribution to Journalism
    Scott McKinlay
    , Radio 4BC Brisbane

  • 2003 WINNERS

    Most Outstanding Journalism Student
    Metropolitan university – Katrina Witham, University of Queensland, body of work
    Regional university – Abraham Gubler, Griffith University Gold Coast Campus, “The true story of how Griffith got a medical school”

    Kevin O’Donoghue Award for Best Cadet or J1 Journalist (all media)
    Joel Dullroy, The Courier-Mail

    Best Coverage of Children’s or Young People’s Issues (all media)
    The Ten News team, “Schoolies – the inside story”

    Best Road Safety Awareness Report (all media)
    Kylie Bartholomew, Gladstone Observer, “Drink rite”

    Multicultural Media Award (all media)
    Jo-Anne Youngleson, ABC-TV’s Stateline, “Sea cucumber venture”

    Best Coverage of Research & Technology (all media)
    Gerald Tooth, ABC Radio National, “Chuck Feeney: Giving while living”

    Best News Wire/Online Report (Electronic Media)
    Ainsley Pavey, AAP, Pauline Hanson electoral fraud trial coverage

    Excellence in Rural Journalism (all media)
    Michael Thomson, Qld Country Life, body of work on land clearing

    Best News Report (Hinchliffe R&S Awards, Electronic Media)
    Petrina Zaphir and Damian Leschke, Ten News, coverage of the Seaworld sharks

    Best Editorial Photograph (Hinchliffe R&S Awards, Print Media)
    Jodie  Richter, The Queensland Times, “Soldier”

    Best Feature/Colour Article (Hinchliffe R&S Awards, Print Media)
    Simon Cameron, The Cairns Post, “Balancing the justice scales”

    Best News Report (Hinchliffe R&S Awards, Print Media)
    Ellen Quinn, The Queensland Times, “Under our noses”

    Best Editorial Artwork/Cartoon (Print Media)
    Brett Lethbridge, The Courier-Mail, “Signs of life”

    Best Editorial Photograph (Print Media)
    Wayne Jones, Gold Coast Bulletin, “Indy”

    Best Three Headlines (Print Media)
    Paul Osborne, AAP, “Qld police beats cut robbery under Brahms”, “Coffee grounds for protest”, and “Talon scout in shock and awe campaign”

    Best Radio Report (Electronic Media)
    Louise Willis, ABC Radio’s AM, “The downfall of a Governor General” series of reports

    Best Cinematography (Electronic Media)
    John Bean, ABC-TV’s Australian Story, “With this ring”

    Best Documentary or Feature (Electronic Media)
    Claire Forster, ABC-TV’s Australian Story, “Against the tide”

    Best News Report (Electronic Media)
    Neil Warren, Channel Seven, “Spike’s tribute”

    Best Current Affairs (Electronic Media)
    Chris Allen, Channel Seven’s Today Tonight, “Bar drugs”

    Best Sports Report (Print Media)
    Mike Colman, The Courier-Mail, “Day at the races”

    Best Feature/Colour Article (Print Media)
    Hedley Thomas, The Courier-Mail, “Court in crisis”

    Best News Report (Print Media)
    The Courier-Mail team “Back from the dead: The Natasha Ryan story”

    Best Business/Property Report (all media)
    John McCarthy, The Courier-Mail, “Profit prophet” and “Dream weavers”
    and
    Peter Lewis, ABC-TV’s Landline, “Brand and deliver”

    Best Commentary, Analysis, Opinion & Critique (all media)
    Craig Johnstone, The Courier-Mail, “Greenspace”

    Best Investigative Report (all media)
    Tony Koch and Kristen Smith, The Courier-Mail, “Funny business”

    Most Outstanding Contribution to Journalism (all media)
    Spencer Jolly, Nine Network

  • 2002 WINNERS

    Best News Report 
    Amanda Gearing, The Courier-Mail, “Suffer The Children”.

    Best Feature Article – Print Media – Hinchcliffe R&S Awards
    Leanne Edminstone, Sunshine Coast Daily, “Why Men Rape”.

    Kevin O’Donoghue Award for Best Cadet or J1 Journalist 
    Bercause of the quality of entries, the judges felt the need to divide this into two categories, print and electronic.
    Print: Tanya Moore, APN.
    Highly Commended: Carrissa Thompson, The Cairns Post.
    Electronic Media: Lauren Harte, ABC TV
    Highly Commended:Gillian Gout, ABC TV

    Best Opinion, Commentary, Analysis
    Margaret Wenham, The Courier-Mail

    Best On-line Report
    Katie Franklin, ABC News Online

    Multicultural Media Award
    Rosalind Pulley, The Cairns Post

    Hinchliffe R&S Awards
    Electronic Media Section – Best News/Current Affairs
    Petrina Zaphir and Damian Lescke, Network Ten, “Shark Menace”

    Electronic Media Best Current Affairs 
    A Current Affair, Nine Network, “Drug Limos”

    Best coverage of Research and Technology (all media)
    Craig Johnstone, The Courier-Mail, “Growth Industry”

    Best Investigative Report (all media)
    Hedley Thomas, The Courier-Mail, “A Law Unto Themselves”

    Most Outstanding Journalist Student
    Fiona Hamilton, Queensland Independent and The Courier-Mail, various stories

    Excellence in Rural Journalism – for body of work (all media)
    Mark Phelps, Queensland Country Life, “How to Kill a Community”
    Highly Commended: Rebecca Winter, Queensland Country Life, “CMG Saga”
    and
    Peter Lewis, ABC TV Landline, Selection of stories broadcast over a year

    Indigenous Affairs Award (all media)
    Leisa Scott, The Weekend Australian, “Dark Secrets, White Lies”
    Highly Commended: John van Tiggelen, Sydney Morning Herald, “White Fella Dreaming”
    and
    Rosalind Pulley, The Cairns Post, body of work

    Best News Report – Electronic Media
    John Flynn, Network Ten, “Coastguard Drama”
    Highly Commended: Tony Fabris, Network Ten, “Paint Sniffers” (series)

    Best Three Headlines – Print Media
    Wayne Glindemann, The Gold Coast Bulletin, Lew/Fox etc
    Comment: The three headlines were snappy plays on words which captured the essence of each of the stories. These headlines were crafted under the pressure of tight deadlines.

    Best Editorial Artwork/Cartoon – Print Media
    Brett Lethbridge, The Courier-Mail, “More than Words”

    Best News Report – Print Media – Hinchliffe R&S Awards
    Leanne Edmistone, Sunshine Coast News, “Sex for Food”

    Best Editorial Photograph – Print Media – Hinchliffe R&S Awards
    John Houldsworth, Tweed Heads Daily, “You’ve got Mail”

    Best Sports Report.
    Neil Breen, The Courier-Mail, Ben Tune drug cover-up

    Best Editorial Photograph, Print Media.
    Patrick Hamilton
    Highly Recommended: Bruce Long and Jodie Richter

    Best Cinematography
    Steve O Ferral, Brid Mclennan, Network Ten, “The landing of round the world balloonist”

    Best Business /Property Report 
    John McCarthy, The Courier-Mail, “Oil shale’s ill wind”

    Best Radio Report 
    Peter Mageros, “Lions Hollingworth”

    Best feature article – print media.
    Chris Griffith

  • 2001 WINNERS

    Most Outstanding Journalism Student – sponsored by the Queensland Press Gallery
    1. Jason Gregory (University of Queensland) – Various Articles
    2. Catherine Prowse (James Cook University) – “Waste Rock Has Volcanic Effect On Crop Soils”

    Kevin O’Donoghue Award for Best Cadet or Grade 1 Journalist in Print, Television, Radio or Online/Wire Service – sponsored by James Cook University
    Simon Lomax (The Courier-Mail) – “You Bet Your Life”

    Best Online Report – sponsored by James Cook University
    Brett Bugg (ABC Online News) – “A Bugg’s Eye View”

    Indigenous Affairs Award (All Media) – sponsored by the Queensland Government Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy
    Lisa Millar (ABC-TV) – “Family Violence”

    Multicultural Media Award – Sponsored by Multicultural Affairs Queensland
    Ian Watson (4AAA) – “Diversity In Focus”

    Hinchliffe Awards for excellence in regional, rural and suburban journalism Best Editorial Photograph (Print) – sponsored by Media Credit Union Qld
    David Clark (Gold Coast Bulletin) – “Home Invasion”

    Hinchliffe Awards for excellence in regional, rural and suburban journalism Best News Story / Current Affairs (Electronic) – sponsored by Media Credit Union Qld
    Paul Cochrane (Seven Queensland) – “Agnes Double Drowning” & “Nine-Year-Old Boy Found”

    Hinchliffe Awards for excellence in regional, rural and suburban journalism Best News Story (Print) – sponsored by Carlton and United Breweries
    Murray Hubbard (Gold Coast Sun) – “Investor Fury”

    Hinchliffe Awards for excellence in regional, rural and suburban journalism Best Feature (Print) – sponsored by Carlton and United Breweries
    Lisa Crawford (Quest Newspapers) – “Thieves Sorry”

    Best Editorial Artwork/Cartoon (Print) – sponsored by Kingfisher Bay Resort and Village
    Vanessa Hunter (The Courier-Mail) – “Sudden Death”

    Best Editorial Photograph (Print) – sponsored by Kingfisher Bay Resort and Village
    Rob Maccoll (The Courier-Mail) – “Silent Vigil”

    Best Three Headlines (Print) – sponsored by University of Queensland
    Ian Oliver (Cairns Post) – “Tony – the Blair Witch Project”, “Disney in the Pooh” & “Santa town is all write”

    Best Feature (Print) – sponsored by University of Queensland
    Margaret Wenham (The Courier-Mail) – “You Be The Judge”

    Best Radio Report (Electronic) – sponsored by Queensland University of Technology
    Justine Kerr & Jessica van Vonderen (ABC Wide Bay) – “Dingoes on Fraser Island: At What Risk?”

    Best Current Affairs (Electronic) – sponsored by Queensland University of Technology
    David Margan (A Current Affair – Nine Network) – “Duty Free” & “Maccas”

    Best Business/Property Report (All Media) – sponsored by Queensland Mining Council
    Paul Syvret (The Bulletin magazine) – “Our Cheating Heart”

    Best Commentary, Analysis, Opinion and Critique (All Media) – sponsored by Shine Roche McGowan
    Matthew Franklin (The Courier-Mail) – Various Articles

    Best Sports Report (All Media) ) – sponsored by Shine Roche McGowan
    Selina Steele (Sunday Mail) – “Push To Outlaw Pregnant Play”

    Best News Report (All Media) – sponsored by Shine Roche McGowan
    Margaret Wenham (The Courier-Mail) – “Families In Crisis” Series

    Best Investigative Report – sponsored by Queensland Mining Council
    Hedley Thomas (The Courier-Mail) – “Property Scams”

    Most Outstanding Contribution to Journalism – sponsored by Queensland Mining Council
    Don Petersen (The Courier-Mail)

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