Monash graduate Chris Gillett wins two Quills at the Melbourne Press Club awards

Monash graduate and TV journalist Chris Gillett won two Quills at the Melbourne Press Club awards.

Monash journalism graduate Chris Gillett has won two Quills at the prestigious 2020 Quill Awards for Excellence in Victorian Journalism. Chris, a TV journalist and supervising producer for ABC's flagship current affairs program 7.30, won the VicHealth Quill for Coverage of Women in Sport and the Victorian Government Quill for Reporting Disability Issues.

Chris, who is also 7.30’s Melbourne bureau chief, was honoured at the Melbourne Press Club’s annual awards evening at Crown Palladium on Friday, March 26.

After winning two Quills, Chris expressed his gratitude for his role in TV journalism.

“I love making TV,” Chris said. “I’m fortunate I get the chance to make short features about people and Australian life. And I feel very humbled to be recognised for my work this year.”

Former Master of Journalism student and Guardian Australia journalist Luke Henriques-Gomes won the News Report in Writing Quill for his report, Robodebt failure exposed by leaked documents. Melbourne Press Club’s judges said Luke's story was the first to reveal the deep impact of the Government's failed Robodebt scheme on some of the nation's most vulnerable.

“His dogged pursuit of the story over months paid off with the leak of Cabinet-level documents that were the basis of a clearly written exclusive of national significance,” the judges wrote.

Luke also was highly commended for The Father Bob Maguire Foundation Cobberwealth Award for Reporting on Social Inclusion in relation to his report, The Jobless Older Women Languishing in Poverty. A total of five Monash graduates and students were highly commended in the Quill awards.

Former Master of Journalism student and The Age journalist Sumeyya Ilanbey was highly commended with Nine colleagues Nick McKenzie, Joel Tozer and Paul Sakkal in the TV/Video Feature (long-form) Quill category.

The Age and 60 Minutes team produced the report, The Faceless Man, which led to the removal of three Victorian cabinet ministers. Sumeyya and the Nine team won a Walkley award last year for this outstanding piece of journalism.

Guardian Australia journalist Matilda Boseley was highly commended in the category, The Victorian Government Quill for Reporting on Disability Issues.

Matilda, who was Monash journalism’s former Mojo News editor, was recognised for her report, Melburnians with Disabilities Fear Aftermath of Long Lockdown.

Two Monash students were highly commended in the Melbourne Press Club Student Journalist of the Year Award.

Monash students Maggie Zhou and Gillian Aeria at the 2020 Quill Awards.

Master of Journalism graduate Gillian Aeria was awarded a high commendation for her story on The Junction news website, Size me up: The need for women’s tailored football boots.

Monash student Maggie Zhou was highly commended for her Broadsheet article, How my mum’s lockdown cookouts with relatives in China helped me connect to my cultural and culinary roots.

Jess Malcolm, of the University of Melbourne, won the Melbourne Press Club student award for her Guardian Australia report, Meet the bee brokers: ‘You never stop learning about bees, they’re just incredible’.

Monash Head of Journalism Associate Professor Fay Anderson: “On behalf of Journalism at Monash and the School of Media, Film and Journalism, I want to congratulate our graduates and students who were recognised at the 2020 Quill Awards for Excellence in Victorian Journalism.”

“Chris Gillett’s two awards on gender and disability issues for the ABC and Luke Henriques-Gomes’ award-winning report on Robodebt and commendation for his report on older women languishing in poverty reflect their exceptional body of work,” Associate Professor Anderson said.

“Congratulations to former students Sumeyya Ilanbey and Matilda Boseley, who received commendations, and Andrea Thiis-Evensen, Sarah Abo and Jeremy Story Carter, who were finalists.

“We were delighted that Gillian Aeria, a recent Master of Journalism graduate, and Maggie Zhou, a current journalism student, were both highly commended in the Melbourne Press Club Student Journalist of the Year Award. Their stories and determination were impressive.

“The results reflect the outstanding journalism of our graduates and the power and importance of their work.”

Full winners list here.