Our journalists target top gongs at Clarions
A GROUP of eight reporters from Australian Regional Media have been named among the state's finest in the Queensland Clarion Awards, which "recognises journalistic excellence".
The writers have been honoured as finalists across six categories.
Online News Editor Owen Jacques is a finalist for Best Investigation for his work that revealed a ship captain linked to two murders had returned to Australia under the noses of authorities.
The captain was immediately arrested and brought to face court after the revelations.
Queensland Times' Joel Gould and Adam Davies' incisive look into the future of then police minister, Jo-Ann Miller, was named as one of three finalists in the Regional and Community print news reports.
Their feature articles, titled "Reckless Jo", forecast that Miller was going to be sacked and why.
Brian Bennion's feature pieces on a proposed development on the Deebing Creek Mission site was also recognised by the judges.
His feature stories entitled "Isn't anything sacred" resulted in a major public rally in Ipswich where residents demanded the project be shelved.
ARM's Newsdesk bureau has been nominated for two awards for the best print feature or opinion piece in the regional category.
Sherele Moody's heart-rending look at Wayne Patterson's life as his muscles are ravaged by Motor Neurone Disease "Learning to live life in the face of death" is nominated.
As is a body of work from senior feature writer Vani Naidoo which included the incredible story of Gladstone's Lana Rhodes who faced cancer and survived, double mastectomy scars and all in "Laying Cancer bare".
Mackay Daily Mercury reporter Lucy Smith is a finalist in the Health and Wellness category for her expose which examined how "Black Lung" could return to Queensland.
Young ARM journalist Catherine Moore - who has worked with ARM while a student of University of the Sunshine Coast - is nominated for a portfolio of her work.
In all more than 450 entries were submitted for the 2016 awards ranging across numerous categories including crime, the environment and politics.
The winners of this year's Clarions will be revealed at a presentation dinner on Saturday, September 10 at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre.
SEE OUR FINALISTS BELOW:
All Media - Health and Wellness
Lucy Smith, Australian Regional Media/Daily Mercury, Re-emergence of black lung in Queensland
All Media - Indigenous Issues Reporting
Brian Bennion, Australian Regional Media/The Queensland Times, Is Nothing Sacred? - Deebing Creek Mission
All Media - Most Outstanding Journalism Student
Catherine Moore, University of the Sunshine Coast, Body of Work
All Media - Investigative Journalism
Owen Jacques, Australian Regional Media, Wanted "Death Ship" captain discovered in Queensland
Regional & Community - Print/ Text: News Report
Adam Davies & Joel Gould, Australian Regional Media/Queensland Times, Reckless Jo
Regional & Community - Print /Text: Feature Article or Opinion:
Sherele Moody, Australian Regional Media, Learning to live life in the face of death
Vani Naidoo, Australian Regional Media, Pucker up for progress, Giving the homeless hope, Laying cancer bare