Nine mastheads The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age have added more Indigenous voices to their newsrooms, hiring two journalists with the support of a grant from the Institute.
Gooley is a Gamilaroi man who grew up on Wiradjuri country in the NSW Snowy Mountains. He was previously a journalist for ABC News in Hobart, Sydney and Darwin, and a political reporter at Parliament House.
The Herald‘s editor Lisa Davies said Gooley’s news judgement and innate feel for powerful multimedia storytelling made him the perfect candidate for this role.
“Being based in Canberra, he plans to not only to visit many regional areas, but also pursue important news on Indigenous policy from decision makers in the nation’s capital,” she said.
Jack Latimore is a Birpai man with family ties to Thungutti and Gumbaynggirr/Bundjalung nations.
He is an experienced journalist who was previously managing editor of NITV Digital.
The Age‘s editor Gay Alcorn said she was delighted with Jack’s appointment, which will significantly boost the newspaper’s coverage of Indigenous issues.
“From the Victorian treaty and truth telling process, to significant national discussions about the Voice to Parliament, rarely have Indigenous issues been so important and vital to Australia’s future,” she said.
“Jack’s experience and story-telling ability will be crucial to our coverage.”
Extending JNI’s support for First Nations journalism
The Institute has supported the Herald and The Age, to hire more Indigenous storytellers and provide deeper coverage of the issues affecting First Nations people, since 2019.
Journalist Ella Archibald-Binge and photographer Rhett Wyman were the first to join Nine to work on the Dalarinji Project. Dalarinji, from the language of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, means “ours, yours, everyone’s”.
In its first year, the project produced more than 60 pieces of independent journalism, published across The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Brisbane Times and WA Today. The project also published long-form pieces in Good Weekend and a popular five-episode podcast, Reliving History.
The reporting explored key issues affecting First Nations people, including contemporary Indigenous culture, health and education, justice, law and order, creativity, aspiration and resilience.