Closing comment: Celebratory Quills, counting courtesans & a constant need for news


Last Friday night we celebrated the 2014 Melbourne Press Club’s Quill Awards with the c word’s closest Knights and Dames. Thanks to our friends, colleagues and clients who congregated to commemorate the night of knights for Victorian journalists.

Well deserved for his contribution to the news over the past 53 years, the lifetime achievement award went to the man everyone loves to love, Mal Walden—not any relation to Jack—that we know.

Caroline Wilson, from The Age took out the prestigious Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year for her coverage of the Essendon Football Club drugs scandal last year and also the Keith Dunstan Quill for Best Columnist. Well done to all the winners!

More honours were dealt out this week with the incoming and outgoing GGs receiving the highest awards possible in Australia. A right royal revival indeed—with the return of knights and dames—both GGs will be awarded the title sir and dame, with five awards being granted a year and to be conferred by Her Majesty the Queen on the recommendation of the PM—fancy that.

News is a topic close to our hearts—and we’re the first to admit to consuming it day in day out. For those of you, like us, who are addicted to the news, the self proclaimed pop philosopher Alain de Botton is back in Oz on tour promoting his latest endeavour. And, this time he’s here to help you become more discerning about your news consumption with The News: A Users Manual.

If you missed the evening with de Botton, follow the discussion using #TheNews hashtag on Twitter and keep an eye out for the video from the event which will be uploaded to the Wheeler Centre website. Piggybacking on the book tour is the newest news site The Philosophers Mail, created to contend with the 40 million plus audience who tune in to get their news fix from the Daily Mail.

And, lastly, for those of you who have been getting your daily dose of news from sources not necessarily in the philosopher’s realm—Seven’s Sunrise and Channel 10’s Wake Up show creator Adam Boland reflected on ABC’s Australian Story this week on his love of television and opened up about his battles with mental illness.

We all know there’s more to life than the news—it’s about becoming more discerning and cherry picking from the smorgasbord of what’s on offer.

Cheers, the c word crew


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