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Young Journalist of the Year

2017 Melbourne Press Club Young Journalist of the Year Cassie Zervos


2017 Young Journalist of the Year Cassie Zervos

Cassie Zervos of the Herald Sun won the MPC Young Journalist of the Year Award, for her wide-ranging reporting in 2017.

The judges said: "Cassie scored genuine scoops on several stories of enormous public interest, including the first interview with the mother of accused Bourke Street killer Dimitrious Gargasoulas. She went underground to expose illegal backyard solar beds, reports that led to prosecutions. And her story on the trashing of the Tarneit Community Centre re-ignited the law and order debate. Other stories on football and celebrities completed a terrific Melbourne portfolio."

Zervos receives $1000, return air fares to the United States, accommodation and registration to attend the Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) conference.


The Young Journalist of the Year Award acknowledges the best reporting from early career journalists working in Victoria. 

It is funded by the Wilnic Family Trust and Josephine Nicholls, widow of David Wilson, a Walkley-award winning investigative reporter who headed The Age Insight team for 10 years.

The award is presented at the annual Melbourne Press Club Quill Awards night – the prestigious “night of nights” for journalism in Victoria, which is supported and attended by the state’s major media outlets.


Young Journalists of the Year Honour Roll


The prize includes return airfares to the United States, accommodation and registration to attend the annual Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) conference.


Student Journalist Bridget Davies and Young Journalist Tom Minear reporting back on 2016 IRE conference


 More on the IRE conference from Young Journalist Award winners

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