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Wilson wins Australian Journalist of Year award

Veteran football writer Caroline Wilson of The Age won the 2013 Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year Award, the richest prize in journalism, for her outstanding coverage of the Essendon Football Club’s drugs scandal.

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Journalists jailed then bailed as Thai court hears defamation charges

Taking a stand against attempts to silence the media in Thailand, former Age and News Limited senior journalist Alan Morison spent five hours in a small prison cell crowded with 90 prisoners, including a man who admitted killing his girlfriend.

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Chris Reason wins Graham Perkin Award

Seven News senior reporter Chris Reason won Australia’s richest journalism prize for his outstanding coverage of the Lindt Café siege.

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Aliyah Stotyn wins 2013 Student Journalist of the Year

The 2013 Student Journalist of the Year is Aliyah Stotyn from Melbourne University. The award, presented by The Melbourne Press Club and sponsored by the Vizard Foundation, was announced at the Club’s annual Quill Awards dinner on Friday, 21 March.

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Secret Tapes Expose wins Herald Sun Top Victorian Journalism Award

The publication of secret tapes revealing deep divisions within the state government which led to the downfall of Premier Ted Baillieu, has won Herald Sun reporter James Campbell, Victoria’s top journalism prize—the $5000 Monash University Gold Quill.

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Australian editor and partner face jail in Thailand

Former senior Age editor and News Corp journalist Alan Morison says he has been overwhelmed by support he has received over a defamation lawsuit launched by the Royal Thai Navy, including from supporters in Melbourne.

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Media shield survives Rinehart’s opening barrage

Let there be no confusion. Journalists’ sources are under unprecedented challenge. In 2007 we saw two Herald Sun reporters convicted of contempt of court for refusing to disclose sources.

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Legal Update for Journalists - 2013 Press Freedom Report

Melbourne Press Club committee member and senior partner at Minter Ellison, Peter Bartlett, has written a review of events in media law as part of the 2013 Walkley Press Freedom Report. Here is his summary of how media law is developing.

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The truth about online news

We hear so much about the imminent death of traditional media. Newspapers being replaced by online sites and TV reporters overtaken by so called video journalists. But I’m urging people, don’t be so quick to happily bang that final nail into the coffin and immediately jump ship to online sites. By far the best results for businesses are seen when they’re featured in a print article in a daily or a TV story during a 6pm bulletin.

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