Thinking about a career in rural journalism?

Alison Francis was recently announced the winner of the fourth annual JB Fairfax Award for Rural Journalism.  Born in the small Central Queensland town of Monto, Alison grew up on a cattle property called Cania Homestead. She is currently enrolled in her third year of a Bachelor of Communications/Journalism at the University of Queensland and hopes to pursue a career devoted to bringing the bush back to life. She says she is 'determined to use her degree as a way to bridge the divide between city and country,by highlighting the stories of rural and regional Australia'.

Alison Francis was recently announced the winner of the fourth annual JB Fairfax Award for Rural Journalism. Born in the small Central Queensland town of Monto, Alison grew up on a cattle property called Cania Homestead. She is currently enrolled in her third year of a Bachelor of Communications / Journalism at the University of Queensland and hopes to pursue a career devoted to bringing the bush back to life. She says she is ‘determined to use her degree as a way to bridge the divide between city and country,by highlighting the stories of rural and regional Australia’.

Entries for the JB Fairfax Award for Rural Journalism are now open

The Award aims to encourage university students to pursue a career in rural journalism upon graduation and was established through a private donation from John B Fairfax AO.

The Award includes a scholarship of up to $10,000 and practical work experience at Rural Press and the Sydney Royal Easter Show. The winning article is published in a major rural publication.

Applicants must:

  • Be enrolled to study in any undergraduate or postgraduate degree of relevance to rural affairs at an approved Australian education provider
  • Submit a feature article of up to 1,200 words, exploring a contemporary issue, trend or activity of interest to rural and regional communities. The feature must be of publication standard, including a minimum of four sources in the article
  • Submit a news article of up to 600 words on the topic “Foreign Ownership of Australia’s Agricultural Land”, The news article must be of publication standard, including a minimum of three sources including a primary producer
  • Demonstrate an active interest in rural affairs and in pursuing a career in rural journalism upon graduation
  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Be aged 30 years or under

You can find out about previous Award recipients and read their stories and be inspired by Alison Francis and learn how her recent JB Fairfax Award for Rural Journalism has made a different to her study.

Applications close on Monday 30th September, 2013.

(Source: http://www.rasnsw.com.au/830.htm)

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NSW Rural Women’s Network is a government program working in innovative ways to promote leadership and action on rural women’s issues. The RWN team is dedicated to connecting and exchanging information with women and stakeholders in rural, regional and remote communities.
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