Paul Sakkal of The Age has won the 2020 Young Journalist of the Year award.
Paul was involved in breaking the biggest stories in Victoria last year, including the hotel quarantine scandal and Liberal branch stacking allegations. The judges were impressed by his ability to break exclusive stories in one of the most competitive environments in the country last year. Paul's reporting had real impact and held the government to account.
The winning entry
Quarantine hotel COVID-19 outbreak could have been prevented: workers, The Age, 12 June 2020
Sutton warned of hotel quarantine risks a month before first outbreak, The Age, 3 July 2020
Leaked emails reveal government knew of problems on day one of hotel quarantine, The Age, 13 July 2020
(Note that the above links may not comprise the entirety of work submitted for consideration in an entry)
Michael Fowler, The Age, for a portfolio of work
Ellen McCutchan, ABC News & Crikey, for a portfolio of work
Anthony Piovesan, Leader/ NCA NewsWire, for a portfolio of work
The MPC Young Journalist of the Year award is proudly sponsored by:
Young Journalist of the Year Honour Roll
Paul Sakkal receives $1000 and return air fares, accommodation and registration to attend the Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) conference (COVID-permitting).
Recollections from previous winners
Above: 2018 Melbourne Press Club Young Journalist of the Year Matilda Marozzi on the 2019 IRE conference
Above: Student Journalist Bridget Davies and Young Journalist Tom Minear reporting back on 2016 IRE conference