Four in line for inaugural Harry Gordon Award

Four writers and commentators have been shortlisted for the inaugural Melbourne Press Club Gordon Award for sports journalism.

The award is in honour of the late Harry Gordon, the former editor, sports writer, sports writer and Olympic historian. It will be held in conjunction with the club’s annual Quill awards.

During his extensive career, Mr Gordon was editor of The Sun News-Pictorial in Melbourne, editor-in-chief of Queensland Newspapers and The Herald and Weekly Times and chairman of Australian Associated Press.

He died in January last year on the Gold Coast, aged 89.

Melbourne Press Club president Mark Baker said the award, recognising the best of Australia’s sports journalists, was a fitting memorial.

“Sports coverage was Harry’s great love, I think, even though he had a very distinguished and wide-ranging career,” Mr Baker told AAP.

The winner of the inaugural Gordon Award, the 40th annual Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year Award and the 2015 Quill Awards for excellence in Victorian journalism will be announced on Friday, March 18.

GORDON AWARD FINALISTS

* Greg Baum, The Age, for coverage of AFL and cricket

* Will Swanton, The Australian, for a range of writing across sports including NRL, tennis, cricket, surfing and golf

* Michael Warner, the Herald Sun, for coverage of the AFL, including the Essendon drugs scandal

* Gerard Whateley, ABC/Fox Footy, for reporting and commentary across television, radio and print

GRAHAM PERKIN AWARD FINALISTS

* Adele Ferguson, The Age, for reporting of wage fraud at 7-Eleven, financial misconduct at National Australia Bank and insider trading at IOOF

* Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker, The Age/ABC Four Corners, for an investigation into mafia networks and their political influence in Australia

* Caro Meldrum-Hanna, ABC Four Corners, for a series of investigations including the expose of live-baiting in the greyhound racing industry

* Paige Taylor and Michael McKenna, The Australian, for an 18-month investigation of Aboriginal deaths-in-custody in Western Australia.

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