The Institute has provided funding to APN, which publishes a number of News Corp mastheads in regional Queensland and northern NSW, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The grant has funded contract writers to write stories remotely for various titles to run in both print and online.
Freelancer Louise Shannon said had helped to share the voices of people in regional and rural communities.
“The grant from The Judith Neilson Institute not only funded my work as a contract writer with News Corp, but gave back to journalism by identifying and highlighting the importance of quality reporting in our regional areas,” she said.
“While the model of printed news is evolving, it’s paramount that competent and engaging coverage of the issues, politics, struggles and triumphs of remote and rural Australians continues.
Read the stories
Take a look at some of the stories from the APN freelance journalists.
- ‘People will forget we were a cane farming town’ — Kat Donaghey
- Plans to turn former hotel site into student accommodation — Louise Shannon
- Desperate call as charities struggle with spike in demand — Margie Maccoll
- Club’s handyman welding, fixing machinery for love not money — Kat Donaghey
- How you can help ‘unsung heroes’ desperate for room upgrade — Margie Maccoll