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Jake Niall wins AFL media awards
Jake Niall (P’83) has dominated the AFL media awards, winning the Australian Football Media Association’s prestigious Alf Brown Trophy and the AFL Coaches Association (AFLCA) Media Award.
A senior sports writer for The Age
, Jake won the Australian Football Media Association’s (AFMA) top award – the Alf Brown Trophy – for Most Outstanding Media Performer.
He also won the Most Outstanding Deadline Report and Most Outstanding Columnist awards, and was highly commended in the Most Outstanding News Reporter category.
His story ‘Cats win no.9 after bell’
from Geelong’s thrilling round 19 win against Hawthorn was described by the judges as “an outstanding example of reporting under deadline pressure… Not just a match report but an analysis of how the game was played, how it was won and the significance of the victory.”
Jake’s outstanding coverage of the 2012 AFL season was also recognized by the AFL Coaches Association, which awarded him the Infront Sports Consulting Media Award.
Before joining The Age
, Jake was a freelance reporter in the USA, covering a diverse range of topics, including American sport.
He was the ghost writer behind Collingwood footballer Peter Daicos’s autobiography, Collingwood and Me
, published in 1991.
He won the Melbourne Press Club Quill Awards’ Best Sports Story in 2008 for a profile on Melbourne footballer David Schwarz.