The Courier was well represented in Victoria's top journalism awards taking out the prize for best cartoon and a highly commended in the News report category.
Long-time Courier cartoonist John Ditchburn won the Quill in the Victorian Press Club awards for his acerbic cartoon on the corresponding decline in the manufacturing industry and the burgeoning obesity problem.
Mr Ditchburn took the award over a highly ranked collection of entrants including Ron Tanberg from the Age who was highly commended.
The judges commented that the cartoon cleverly combined two of the greatest problems facing our country today and our failure to confront them.
The Courier journalist and now digital editor Jordan Oliver was also highly commended for his coverage of the Sharon Siermans case and the failure of the parole board to adequately monitor murderer Jason Dinsley after his early release from jail.
The judges also commented that Jordan Oliver's story raised important questions about Victoria's parole system that, combined with the Jill Meagher case, led to major changes.
"Oliver showed great news sense," they said.