Funding to pilot a program across northern Western Australia and the Northern Territory where ABC journalists and education specialists will train local educators and students to deliver media literacy workshops.
Students in regional, rural and remote areas are more than two years behind their metropolitan peers in academic progress, according to NAPLAN English and PISA 2015 report data.
Australia is falling significantly behind its OECD counterparts in its inequity between advantaged and disadvantaged schools, with no improvement over the past 15 years.
Advantage is often determined by geography, with students in metropolitan areas experiencing the most advantage.
To help improve outcomes for students in disadvantaged areas, the ABC, in partnership with the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism & Ideas, has launched the Regional Schools Ambassadors Program.
ABC journalists from Albany, Karratha, Alice Springs, Dubbo, Longreach, Toowoomba, Rockhampton, Mackay, Cairns and Burnie will deliver workshops in regional and remote class rooms.
The hands-on sessions are designed to help students analyse the news they consume and help them become empowered audiences.
The workshops are tailored to the different regions and draw on the journalists' local knowledge and content.
Students are Bajool State School in central Queensland.