28 Apr 2020

New freelance grants and support for First Nations media

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Six new grants have been awarded to media organisations, as a part of the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas' initiative to support freelancers and casual contributors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The latest round of grants includes support for arts journalism, regional and community media and First Nations media.

In a separate initiative, the Institute has provided funding to First Nations Media Australia to support a study of the impact of Indigenous journalism during the health crisis.

New grants for freelance and casual contributors

The Institute is providing grants to newsrooms across Australia as part of its initiative to support freelancers and casual contributors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

New grant recipients include:

The Australian, for regional photojournalism

News Queensland, to provide freelance support for community newspapers in Queensland and northern NSW

ArtsHub

Radio 2SER

The New Daily

The Koori Mail

You can see the full list of grant recipients here.

Grants are used in a variety of ways, from commissioning specific articles to engaging freelancers to provide editorial support to newsrooms.

The Institute will continue to award grants on a rolling basis.

Studying First Nations journalism's impact during the pandemic

In a separate initiative, First Nations Media Australia will partner with the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne to study the impact that First Nations journalism has had on communities during the COVID-19 health crisis.

The study will place the Australian experience in an international context and seek to understand First Nations journalism’s role in emergency responses.

The Institute is providing funding to First Nations Media Australia to support research and translation in the communities.