Last night was Andrea Petrie’s night. The Supreme Court Reporter for The Age took home the coveted award for Legal Reporter of the Year on Legal Issues at our 16th annual Legal Reporting Awards. Andrea was also awarded Best News Breaking Report and was highly commended in this category as well.
The judging panel said….
Andrea’s portfolio showcased a full and outstanding suite of the different styles of legal reporting including:
- her front-page scoop on how people were potentially getting away with murder in Victoria because of secret plea bargaining under recently-changed laws
- an elegantly written investigation into a serial offender who was bankrupting people for debts that did not exist
- several examples of court reporting of the highest standard.
Both of Andrea’s news breaks led to positive change, the most noble of objectives for public service journalism.
The Legal Reporting Awards, in their 16th year, recognise excellence in legal journalism in Victoria. No other awards recognise the important role that the media play in helping Victorians to understand the law and legal system. The awards also reflect the foundation’s commitment to improving the quality of information available to Victorians on issues relating to the law and their legal system, and to promoting plain legal language in Victoria.
Last night we gave awards in thirteen categories. Entries are judged by a panel of judges, magistrates and media and communications professionals.
View a complete list of Legal Reporting Awards 2013 winners and highly commended entrants.