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Australia : New award recognises excellence in reporting on disability.

The Victorian Coalition Government and Melbourne Press Club have partnered to establish a new Quill Award to recognise journalistic excellence in the reporting of people with disability.

Announcing the award on the eve of the 21st International Day of People with Disability, Minister for Disability Services and Reform Mary Wooldridge said the award acknowledges the key role that the media plays in shaping community understanding of disability.

The Quill Awards are the premier media awards in Victoria and this new category recognises the important role of journalists to report with sensitivity and care about people with disability and the issues they may face, Ms Wooldridge said.

The Victorian Government Quill Award for reporting on disability will be an ongoing award to encourage journalistic excellence.

Ms Wooldridge said the announcement of the new Quill Award coincides with the results of the Victorian Government s 2013 Report it Right and WIN! competition, which challenges tertiary journalism, communication and media students to consider how to best report on stories about people with disability.

We received an overwhelming response to this year s Report it Right and WIN! competition with students across the state submitting high quality entries, Ms Wooldridge said.

I am very pleased to announce that the winner of the 2013 Report it Right and WIN! competition is Matilda Marozzi from RMIT, who wrote an engaging article about accessible housing and is a deserving winner.

Runners-up were Anna Brasier from Victoria University, Isabelle Lane from Monash University and Olivia Coburn from Monash University.

The winner and three runners-up will each receive cash and prizes worth $5,000 to support them in their studies.

Students were encouraged to refer to the Victorian Government s Reporting it Right: guidelines for portraying people with disability, when preparing their competition entries.

The guidelines are consistent with the Victorian State Disability Plan 2013-16 and reflect its focus on creating a society where people with disability are supported to participate in community life in the same way as other members of the community.

Nominations for the 2014 Quill Awards open today and close on Friday 7 February 2014. A ceremony for award winners will be held on Friday 21 March 2014. The winner of the Victorian Government Quill for reporting on disability will receive $2,500 in prize money.

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