Published in the Border Mail 13.12.2008. 
Written by Kylie Dulhunty. 

PICTURE editor David Thorpe was last night named The Border Mail’s journalist of the year for 2008. He is the first photographer to win the T.H. Mott award for excellence in
journalism in its 13-year history.

Victoria MacDonald was named cadet of the year, winning the John Saxby award after 19 months at the paper. For the second consecutive year, photographer Kylie Goldsmith took out the Alex Massey memorial award, while John Russell’s photo capturing the Australia Day brawls at Noreuil Park was named best news photograph.
Editor Heath Harrison presented the awards and said Thorpe was a leader, a teacher and a great photographer. Thorpe joined The Border Mail in 1982 as a cadet photographer, straight out of high school.

His second stint at the paper started in 1989 and for four years Thorpe joined the photographers’ ranks again, before heading to Hong Kong. He worked as a freelance photographer for local publications and international mastheads such as The New
York Times. He also worked for the South China Morning Post for three years before returning to The Border Mail in 1998 where he switched to writing for the Country Mail section and Twin Cities Post before becoming picture editor in March last year.

MacDonald joined the paper in May last year as a third-year cadet after a work experience stint. Harrison said MacDonald loved a big story and had impressed all with her ability to chase down a lead and pick the right news angle. In September she was named the paper’s police reporter and her notable stories include the murder of Wodonga’s Billy Winter near the Birallee Tavern.

The five photographs which secured Kylie Goldsmith her award included a photograph of Guadalupe House residents. She joined the paper in November 2003 as a third-year cadet after working at The Daily Advertiser in Wagga. The first photographer to win the award twice, Harrison praised Goldsmith’s commitment and creativity.