The Institute launched its Journalist-in-Residence Program on June 3, 2021. JNI welcomed its inaugural Australian participants, award-winning filmmaker Yaara Bou Melhem and IndigenousX journalist James Saunders.
JNI’s Journalist-in-Residence Program aims to provide working journalists, as well as those involved in the production of new and factual content, with the opportunity and support to undertake a deep piece of work at the Institute. This might be a book, a documentary, a series of articles or an investigative project. Journalists-in-Residence will also participate in JNI’s other activities, including education programs and events.
The program has an Australian and international stream, each named after a preeminent Australian journalist.
The Australian stream is named after Catherine Martin, who won the inaugural Gold Walkley in 1978 during a distinguished career, including 28 years at the West Australian. JNI believes Martin’s commitment to quality journalism embodies the ambition the Institute has for its Australian Journalists-in-Residence.
The international stream is named after writer, war correspondent and historian Alan Moorehead. Attaching Moorehead’s name to this program speaks to the Institute’s ambition to engage with the wider world and inspire Australian journalists to seek out their own astonishing stories.