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Read the MPC's 2021/22 Annual Review

A message from the CEO

2021 was not without its challenges for the Melbourne Press Club. Staying relevant, continuing to deliver benefits for our members, sponsors and supporters and remaining sustainable were top of mind through another pandemic year. Under the leadership of President Nick McKenzie, the Melbourne Press Club has a strong foundation for a fantastic 2022. We welcomed Paul Paton from the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations to our board, who will provide us a l ens to continue to ensure diversity and inclusiveness is embraced. We also welcomed Nicole Strahan and Fotis Kapetopoulos to our board this year.

We again hosted the Quill Awards Dinner as a live event in March 2022, bringing together more than 580 people from our industry for a much needed celebration. The Gold Award this year went to Michael Warner from the Herald Sun.

Our Masterclass series continued with topics such as Data Journalism. Edit events for young journalists were popular with events such as ‘How to interview media trained talent’, ‘How to pitch your story’ and ‘How to report sexual assault’. We were able to deliver some of these in person and some via webinar.

The bookclub series continued in 2021. Our focus is on journalists that have become authors. Lisa Millar with ‘Daring to Fly’ was a full house as Michael Rowland asked the hard questions.

The Media IFTAR dinner is a special event in April that we host in partnership with the Australian Intercultural Society. Our partnership with the Victorian Chamber of Commerce enables us to deliver the State Budget Address by Tim Pallas.

Media lunches included an address by Gaven Morris, ‘Media and Health literacy’, ‘Victoria’s Truth and Justice Process’ with Minister Gabrielle Williams and Sally Capp Lord Mayor of Melbourne.

The gratitude we feel to our sponsors, supporters and donors who enable us to deliver our mission and objectives is heartfelt in another tough economic year: University of Melbourne, Thomson Geer, Crown Resorts, 3AW, ABC, Herald Sun, Nine, Seven, Sky News, Ten, The Age, Australia Post, Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations, Swinburne University of Technology, Lion, McGrath Nicol, MinterEllison, TAC, Telstra, US Consulate, Vic Gov, Vic Health, Corrs Chamber Westgarth, Hope & Glory, Judith Neilson Institute, Kilvington Grammar, Mediality, RACV, Victorian Chamber of Commerce, Wilnic, Copyright Agency Fund, National Press Club, Robyn Carter & Family, Corrie Perkin, Master Publisher, Media Express.

Our Gordon Fellowships are all nearing completion after our fellows had challenges with travel arrangements. We welcomed Maddy Duggan to our team this year after farewelling Anna Marulli in December. Kate Handley and Emily Kulich continue to be valued members of our team. We are grateful for our new office space on the 23rd floor of the Rialto hosted by Thomson Geer.

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