Alumni from RMIT's journalism program have been recognised at the Quill Awards for Excellence in Victorian Journalism.
Alumnus Nick McKenzie, an investigative reporter at The Age, was awarded the Quill for Best Coverage of an Issue or Event, as a member of the team working on the coverage of the Essendon Football Club drugs scandal.
Mr McKenzie has now won a record 18 Quills, including two Gold Quills.
He was also a member of teams shortlisted for the Grant Hattam Quill Award for Investigative Journalism and Best Business Story in any Medium.
Ben Westcott, a 2013 Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) graduate who is now a cadet reporter at The Canberra Times, was highly commended in the inaugural Student of the Year category for his report, "Local Government Referendum".
His story focused on councils spending ratepayers' money to support a political campaign.
Michelle Ainsworth, who graduated with a Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) in 2008 and now works as a state political reporter for the Herald Sun, was part of a team highly commended in the category for Best Breaking News Coverage for online and print coverage.
Alumnus Lily Partland, now working for the ABC, was also highly commended for reporting on disability issues.
Alex Wake, Journalism lecturer from RMIT's Media and Communication, said the awards were a great achievement for graduates.
"RMIT has been the leader in journalism education in Victoria for years, and these awards again show that our graduates have the practical skills demanded by industry and the academic knowledge required for the modern workforce," she said.
"RMIT's journalism staff - at every year level - work hard with our industry partners to ensure the students can hit the ground running when they are first employed, wherever they land in the world.
"But importantly the staff ensure that students have the deeper learning that gives them the skills to adapt to ever changing industry and society needs."