2016 Finalists Announced


The finalists have been announced in this year’s Clarion Awards – Queensland's major awards for journalistic excellence – which are administered by the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA).

We are pleased to announce that more than 450 entries were submitted for the 2016 awards ranging across many categories including crime, the environment and politics.

The winners of this year’s Clarions will be revealed at a lavish gala presentation dinner on Saturday September 10 in the Boulevard Room, Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre Southbank, Brisbane.

MEAA proudly congratulates all the finalists and looks forward to the presentation dinner later this month.

To reserve your spot at this prestigious event, please call 1300 65 65 13 to book your ticket today. Tickets  - $125 |  Students $90 | Tables of 10

Media enquiries: Anna Magnus, MEAA’s national manager - state media awards 0423 363 725

- The finalists -

All Media - Business Journalism              

Sponsored by Brisbane Airport Corporation

  • Sarah Elks, The Australian, Unmasking Terry Smith
  • Mark Ludlow, Fairfax Media/The Australian Financial Review, The rise and fall of Queensland Nickel and Clive Palmer
  • Michael  McKenna, The Australian, Adani
  • Liam Walsh, The Courier-Mail, Guvera: Greatest hits and misses

All Media - Commentary, Analysis, Opinion & Critique

Sponsored by Three Plus Pty Ltd

  • John Birmingham, Brisbane Times/Fairfax Media, Blunt Instrument: Body of Work
  • Mark Ludlow, Fairfax Media/The Australian Financial Review, Lunch with The AFR & more
  • Jacinda Tutty, The Courier-Mail/ News Queensland, #Techtalk

All Media - Health and Wellness            

Sponsored by Diabetes Queensland      

  • David Lewis, ABC, Mount Isa Mines still breaching national air quality guidelines
  • Janelle Miles, The Courier-Mail, News Ltd, Gift of Love
  • Lucy Smith, Daily Mercury, Re-emergence of black lung in Queensland

All Media - Broadcast Interview              

  • Annie Gaffney & Karyn Wood, ABC Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast Man Caught-up in Christmas Island Riots
  • Kay McGrath & Paula Doneman, 7 News, Terry Lewis's Last Card

All Media - Indigenous Issues Reporting             

Sponsored by Queensland Council of Unions

  • Brian Bennion, APN News and Media/The Queensland Times, Is Nothing Sacred? - Deebing Creek Mission
  • Allyson Horn, ABC News, Indigenous Queensland: Body of Work
  • Dominique Schwartz, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Closing the Gap with better ear health

All Media - Most Outstanding Journalism Student

Sponsored by Media Super

  • Hannah Kotaidis, Queensland University of Technology, Body of Work
  • Catherine Moore, University of the Sunshine Coast, Body of Work
  • Joseph Ogilvie, Queensland University of Technology, Body of Work

All Media - Multicultural Queensland Award

  • Stefan Armbruster, SBS World News, Queensland's diversity - Body of work
  • Leisa Scott, News Corp, The Road Ahead
  • Cindy Wockner, News Corporation, Right at Home

All Media - Rural Journalism     

Sponsored by Rural Press Club

  • Elly Bradfield, ABC Southern Queensland, St George's ice struggle
  • Kirstin Murray, ABC TV, Baby Cash
  • Mark Willacy, ABC, The Final Battle

All Media - Social Issues Reporting        

Sponsored by Network Ten

  • Stefan Armbruster, SBS World News, Detention centre cancer consuming Manus Island
  • Trent Dalton, The Australian, Chain Reaction
  • Heidi Davoren, Matthew Liddy, Lucy Fahey, Ben Spraggon & Colin Gourlay, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, These women are not just statistics

All Media - Sports Journalism

  • Peter Badel, The Courier-Mail, League legend's cocaine addiction
  • Mike Colman, News Queensland, The Medal Factory
  • Nance Haxton, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Why are boxers dying in Queensland?

All Media - New Journalist of the Year

Sponsored by QLD Parliamentary Media Gallery               

  • Rhian Deutrom, News Corporation, Body of Work
  • Jonathan Hair Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Body of Work
  • Rachel Riley, Townsville, Bulletin Social media suicide

All Media - Investigative Journalism                     

Sponsored by Watpac

  • Stefan Armbruster, SBS World News, Detention centre troubles consuming Manus Island
  • Sarah Elks, The Australian, Unmasking Terry Smith
  • Owen Jacques, APN Australian Regional Media, Wanted "Death Ship" captain discovered in Queensland

All Media – Freelance Journalism

  • Brian Cassey, Courier Mail, News Corp, Cairns Post and others, Portraiture in the News / Body of Work
  • Andrew McMillen, Various, Body of work
  • Andrew Stafford, Various, Body of work

All Media - Multimedia Journalism        

  • Tim Leslie, Will   Ockenden, Simon Elvery, & Colin Gourlay, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, What your metadata reveals about you
  • Matthew Liddy, GregorSalmon, Ben Spraggon & Colin Gourlay, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Southern Exposure: the growing, glowing allure of the aurora australis
  • Blythe Moore, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Outback Yacht Club

All Media – Cartoon Illustration or Graphic

  • Tony Bela, The Courier-Mail, Game of Toads
  • Sharni Hargrave, 7 News, Body of Work - The dynamics of graphics
  • Steve Quirk, Nine Network, Body of Work - Implementing real 3D into TV News

Photography - News Photograph- Metropolitan              

  • Liam Kidston, News Corp. Australia, Beirut Bungle
  • Luke Marsden, Courier-Mail/Sunday Mail, Kindergarten Cops
  • Jono Searle, News Queensland, Toolbox Tomb

Photography - Photographic Essay

  • Brian Cassey, News Corp, Manus - Heaven & Hell
  • Tara Croser, News Corp Australia, One Punch: Cole Miller
  • Liam Kidston, News Corp. Australia, Beirut Bungle

Photography - Sports Photography

  • Chris Hyde, Getty Images, Domination
  • Luke Marsden, The Courier-Mail, Capsize
  • Wesley Monts, The Townsville Bulletin, Kickass Bull

Print/Text - Feature Article

Sponsored by Local Government Association of Queensland      

  • Trent Dalton, The Australian, Tiahleigh Palmer
  • Susan Johnson, The Courier-Mail , Breast Cancer
  • Kate Kyriacou, The Courier-Mail/Sunday Mail, Ravenshoe - the untold story

Print/Text - News Report            

Sponsored by Chanel Nine Brisbane       

  • Sarah Elks, The Australian, Unmasking Terry Smith
  • Kate Kyriacou, The Courier-Mail/Sunday Mail, Five hours to catch a killer
  • Sarah Vogler & Matthew Killoran, The Courier-Mail, Carmody

Print /Text - Best Three Headings

Sponsored by Seven Network Brisbane               

  • Baz McAlister, News Corp Australia, Threat Level: Hilux
  • Gareth Hose, News Queensland - The Courier Mail, Three Headings
  • Matt Oberhardt, The Courier-Mail, Turn Back The Bros  

Radio - Current Affairs, Feature Documentary or Special       

Sponsored by Qld Police Union      

  • Elly Bradfield, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, St George's ice struggle
  • David Lewis, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Queer, young, and homeless
  • Mark Willacy, Australian Briadcasting Corporation, Hopeland

Radio - News Report     

  • Kallee Buchanan, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Queensland vets charged over Hendra Virus
  • Isobel Roe, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Oakey contamination scare
  • Nick Wiggins, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, LNP Leadership Spill

Regional & Community – Print/ Text:News Report

Sponsored by Ipswich City Council

  • Adam Davies & Joel Gould, Australian Regional Media, Reckless Jo
  • Andrew Potts, Paul Weston & Wayne Watson, Gold Coast Bulletin, Trojan Council
  • Grace Mason (nee Uhr) , The Cairns Post, Member Exposed

Regional & Community - Broadcast Report

  • Elly Bradfield, ABC Southern Queensland, St George's ice struggle
  • Allyson Horn, ABC News Townsville, Regional Queensland: Body of work
  • Marty McCarthy, ABC Sunshine Coast, Queensland authorities powerless to stop rising land clearing rates

Regional & Community - Print /Text: Feature Article or Opinion:

Sponsored by Council on the Ageing (COTA)

  • Kylie Bartholomew & Annie Gaffney, ABC Sunshine Coast, Queensland kindergarten gives toy gun licences to kids
  • Sherele Moody, APN Australian Regional Media, Learning to live life in the face of death
  • Vani Naidoo, APN Australian Regional Media, Pucker up for progress, Giving the homeless hope, Laying cancer bare

Regional & Community - News Photograph

  • Glenn Hampson, Gold Coast, Bulletin Pot of Gold
  • Marc McCormack, Cairns Post, Running Man
  • Anna Rogers, Cairns Post, Punched

Television - Current Affairs, Feature Documentary

Sponsored by Queensland Police Union               

  • Chris Allen & Aaron O'Brien, Nine Network, Cage Boy
  • Josh Bavas, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Body of Work - Outback Dinos
  • Mark Willacy & Ben Hawke, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Into the Zone

Television - The John Bean Award for News and Current Affairs Camerawork

Sponsored by Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

  • Luke Dorrington, 7 News, North Queensland Drought
  • Jonathan Lea Network Ten, Eyewitness News ,The Cuban Question
  • Craig Mc Donald, Seven West Media, A cross section of Townsville News

Television News Report

Sponsored by QUT Creative Industries

  • Stefan Armbruster, SBS World News, Solomons 'disaster' gold mine
  • Darren Curtis, Nine Network, Jakarta Bombing
  • Max Futcher, Andrew Currie & Paula Doneman, 7 News, Tinny Terror