The stories and images that shape Queensland
FROM a drugs-in-sport scandal and heart-wrenching stories of loss on our roads to the trial of Allison Baden-Clay’s killer and a depiction of life inside a remote indigenous community, they are the stories and pictures that helped shape Queensland.
News Queensland’s team of journalists and photographers shares the privilege of covering this great state and its people in times of both tri- umph and tragedy, hope and hardship.
They strive to be first to break the news, and the best at deciphering what it means.
That work has been recognised at the 2015 Queensland Clarion Awards, with The Courier-Mail, Sunday Mail and QWeekend taking home 11 gongs, including best news report, best feature, online journalism and the best news photograph, photographic essay and sport photography categories.
Jeremy Pierce, with sports reporters Peter Badel, Todd Balym and Chris Garry, won the sports journalism prize for their coverage of Queensland’s football cocaine scandal. “There was so much speculation about who was or wasn’t going to be caught up in the scandal – even the clubs didn’t know. So the challenge was to get to the bottom of it and get the real story,” Pierce said.
Michael Madigan won the indigenous issues reporting category for his portrayal of life on Palm Island.
“My stories focused on not only the problems, but also the potential of the Aboriginal people living there,” Madigan said. “It was about the possibilities.”
Crime and courts editor David Murray and chief crime