I Drove an Electric Car From Brisbane to Sydney and Didn’t Run Out of Juice – by Matt Shea

This isn’t just one of my favourite stories on Broadsheet this year, this is one of my favourite stories of 2019 full stop. On the face of it, it’s a sublimely written piece about driving a Tesla from point A to point B. But it’s really about the future of electric cars, and how the small towns of Australia are changing and importantly adapting in interesting and unexpected ways. What’s brilliant about Matt’s writing is that he doesn’t do this in a heavy-handed way – this isn’t a dense feature that you’ve got to be in the right mood for in order to dive in. It’s bloody funny, and so evocative. “Ever since we left Brisbane... I’ve been catastrophising. I look at the Tesla’s battery indicator. Eighty one per cent. I look at it again five minutes later. Eighty one per cent. If it was a dial I’d tap at it like a fighter pilot, but it’s an LCD. The previous night I didn’t sleep. I dreamed. Elon Musk was an RACV man and my electric car had a battery strapped to the roof. It’s why I had those three coffees earlier, which right now I’m beginning to regret.”
– Katya Wachtel, editorial director

Things I’ve Overheard in the Icebergs Sauna – by Sarah Norris

Two Broadsheet stories share the first-place podium for my favourites of the year, and they both appeared in Sydney’s print issues. What I love most about cities – more than their alleyways, galleries and buzzing business districts – is the people inhabiting them. These stories encapsulate two different people with something big in common: their city. In this one, Sarah’s funny anecdote is a reminder that people exist behind Broadsheet’s words and photographs – people who live and breathe (and eavesdrop on conversations between half-naked strangers in saunas) in the city’s we cover. I talk about the other story, “Ending on a High Note”, in a later entry.
– Emily Taliangis, audience editor

Sarah’s story is one of my favourite Broadsheet stories of all time. When I read it for the first time, I kept reading lines from it, out loud, to everyone on the editorial desk. I know it was annoying – I basically read the whole story line for line. But they were just too good not to.
– Katya Wachtel, editorial director

First Look: Melbourne’s Best (and Silliest) Tiki Bar, the LuWow, Is Back in a New CBD Spot – by Callum McDermott

This story has the funniest opening line of any story on Broadsheet this year. Maybe of any story on the entire internet, even? It's a very good line, in any case. (Read the whole story, though, there's heaps of good lines in there.)
– Sinead Stubbins, deputy branded content editor

The Lansdowne’s Had Its Licence Extended to 5am and It’s Throwing a Huge Party to Celebrate – by Che-Marie Trigg

The headline might give you the impression this story is about a one-off party but Broadsheet Sydney assistant editor Che-Marie Trigg goes deeper to debunk some assumptions about Sydney's nightlife scenes, using A Club Called Rhonda (an inclusive monthly event founded in 2008 that's all about gender self-expression) as a starting point. “Sydney has one of the best underground music and party scenes in the world,” Carly Roberts, a local party promoter told Che. “[It] may be smaller than cities with less restrictions ... but those in the trenches making it happen are constantly raising the bar in Sydney even if it’s all stacked against us." Read on for more insights.
– Sarah Norris, Sydney editor

Local Knowledge: Sazon Peruana – by Nicholas Jordan

Every week, as part of our “Local Knowledge” series, Broadsheet Sydney writer Nicholas Jordan explores the culture of Sydney’s migrant communities by visiting the places where various diaspora gather to eat. I’m constantly surprised by the places he writes about, but this one has to take the cake. In this installment, Nick ends up at Sazon Peruana – a Peruvian eatery in the backyard of a suburban Peakhurst house. Not only does he discover some of the best ceviche in Sydney, he tells the story of how people living away from home create community hubs in spontaneous and unexpected ways.
– Callum McDermott, directory editor

I Learned How to Make Passata and Now I Can Do Anything – by Molly Urquhart

Making a reader laugh out loud with the very first sentence of a story (all 11 words of it) is a gift. I laughed out loud many more times reading this wonderful piece by Molly, our former social media editor.
– Katya Wachtel, editorial director

First Look: Opportunity Comes Gnocchin’ in Collingwood – by Nick Buckley

One day in early April, Broadsheet’s former assistant Melbourne editor Nick Buckley walked up to the editorial desk and announced that he’d discovered a surprising lunch spot, just a few streets down from us. “It’s called Good Gnocchi, and they just do gnocchi.” It was good gnocchi, so he went and wrote about it and everyone in town fell in love with the Italian potato dumplings at 124 Langridge Street. I think this is word-for-word the funniest story I’ve ever read on Broadsheet. Unless you dislike food puns, in which case this might gnocch’ be for you.
– Callum McDermott, directory editor

The lead. The kicker. Everything in between. I love, love, love this story. It's not a long one, but in only a few hundred words Nick creates a captivating narrative, and evokes the place and subject's personality so superbly.
– Katya Wachtel, editorial director

Ending on a High Note – by Pilar Mitchell

Pilar’s lovely piece on violin maker Harry Vatiliotis strikes a different, softer chord than my other pick. It’s a deserving story that might only be known among those who know, had it not been told on a bigger stage. I’m glad it was, and I'm glad I now know it.
– Emily Taliangis, audience editor