The Courier-Mail

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

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