Lawyer X reporters scoop journalism awards

A years-long investigation into a gangland lawyer-turned secret police informant, which sparked a royal commission, has taken out Victoria's top journalistic gong at the annual Quill Awards.

Herald Sun journalists AnthonyDowsleyand PatrickCarlyon won the 2018 Gold Quill and Grant Hattam Quill for Investigative Journalism, and shared a third award with colleague Chris Tinkler for their coverage of Lawyer X and exposing Nicola Gobbo as the supergrass.

Dowsley also won the The Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year Award.

"Thisstoryrevealedapatternofdeeplyunethicalcollusionthathasshakenthefoundationsof Victoria'scriminaljusticesystem," awards judges noted.

"Doggedlypursuedovermanyyears,andinthefaceofstrongpolice opposition,ithasledtoa royal commissionandpotentiallyplacedinjeopardydozensofcriminal convictions."

The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Barrie Cassidy who in his acceptance speech acknowledged a career with ABC spanning 34 years and a stint as an advisor to former Labor prime minister Bob Hawke.

He also announced he would be leaving popular Sunday political program Insiders in June.

Other winners across more than 30 categories include reporters from The Age, ABC and Guardian Australia for coverage including investigations into the disappearance of an Aboriginal couple in WA's Kimberley, sexual assault and indigenous deaths in custody.