Nine newspapers boost First Nations coverage

Indigenous storytellers join The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age

The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age introduced the Dalarinji Project in 2020 to more closely examine and report on the issues affecting First Nations people. Dalarinji, from the language of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, means “ours, yours, everyone’s”.

Journalist Ella Archibald-Binge and photographer Rhett Wyman were appointed to work on the project, with the support of a grant from JNI. Together they explored key issues affecting First Nations people, including contemporary Indigenous culture, health and education, justice, law and order, creativity, aspiration and resilience.

In its first year, the Dalarijni Project produced more than 60 pieces of independent journalism, published across The Sydney Morning HeraldThe Age, Brisbane Times and WA Today. The project also published long form pieces in Good Weekend and a popular five-episode podcast, Reliving History.

Sharing new stories

With the continued support of JNI, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age will hire more Indigenous Affairs journalists to produced stories, in-depth features and multimedia projects in 2021.

The Institute is also keen to encourage collaboration with others reporting on similar issues around the world.

The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age

About the project

The Institute has provided funding for the The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age to hire an Indigenous journalist and photographer.