THE MORNING Bulletin's correspondent, Daniel Burdon, has caught the eyes of judges in the Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year Awards.
Daniel was highly commended for his outstanding investigative reporting for The Morning Bulletin and The Rural Weekly (inserted into the Bully every Friday) during last year.
He is now working for APN's Newsdesk team in Canberra where he still files exclusive stories for this newspaper (see Saturday's edition for a recent example).
Bully editor Frazer Pearce said Daniel's capacity for hard work and his determination to follow lead stories, down often complex paper trails, were standout features of his reporting.
"Dan was and is a real asset to the Bully. It's great to have him still working on Central Queensland stories with the APN team from our Canberra office," Mr Pearce said.
This was on the State's Strategic Cropping Land Act and a deal between then Treasurer Andrew Fraser and coal company Bandanna Energy. Obtained: Right to Information application and interviews.
Second, how then minister Rachel Nolan was either misinformed or lied on radio. Obtained: Through radio interview audio and ASX announcements.
The last story was about a letter revealing the concerns of Queensland's peak soil science group, resulting in a new scientific committee. Obtained: Confidential letter supplied by society member.
Something In The Water
This was about water quality problems in Gladstone Harbour. The first was about an industry-funded, water-monitoring program and its potential conflicts of interest. Obtained: Interviews and confidential documents.
Next was about the Fitzroy Basin Association saying all planned port developments must stop until a cumulative impact study was completed. Obtained: Interview. The third in the series was about toxicology tests that were not done on fish in time for the scientific committee to review the results. Obtained: Public documents.
The final story was a feature one year on with Rockhampton Regional Council Mayor Brad Carter's reflections on the 2010-11 floods. Obtained: Interview.