Doug Dingwall, senior journalist at The Examiner, received the Angus Downie Print Journalism Award at the Tasmanian Human Rights Awards at Parliament House on Friday.
Dingwall said he searched for stories which would give him “insight into a larger social issue”.
“When a person or group of people are being disadvantaged … readers will want to know,” he said.
He said he enjoyed writing about rights for people with disabilities.
“There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding this and it was good to have a chance to challenge those,” he said.
Dingwall said he was “amazed” by the courage of refugees he had interviewed in Launceston. There were nine categories at the 2016 Awards, across diverse sectors including LGBTI, multicultural, mental health and youth groups. Riverside Primary School received the A Fairer World School Award.