Sixteen universities across Australia have received federal funding as part of the Morrison Government’s commitment to quality public interest journalism.
Minister for Communications and the Arts Mitch Fifield said $2.29 million was being provided as part of the first round of the Regional Journalism Scholarships Program.
“The scholarships are aimed at students from rural and regional areas so they can acquire skills and knowledge necessary to operate in the contemporary news media industry and stay living and working outside the major cities,” he said.
The 66 scholarships worth up to $40,000 each will help regional journalism students develop invaluable career skills at university so they can be job-ready at the completion of their studies.
“This funding is important to ensure the journalism profession continues to attract Australia’s best and brightest individuals, and encourage them to stay working in regional communities.”
A number of high quality applications were received under the program, and this has allowed the Government to fund a diverse range of opportunities.