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Nine newspapers boost First Nations coverage

Indigenous storytellers join The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age

Image: Rhett Wyman/Sydney Morning Herald

Image: Rhett Wyman/Sydney Morning Herald

The Institute has supported The Sydney Morning 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 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.

The reporting explored key issues affecting First Nations people, including contemporary Indigenous culture, health and education, justice, law and order, creativity, aspiration and resilience.

 

New voices in 2021

The mastheads hired two new Indigenous affairs journalists in July 2021, with the continued support of the Institute.

Cameron Gooley, a Gamilaroi man,  joined the Herald. He previously worked at the ABC in Hobart, Sydney, Darwin, and Parliament House.

Jack Latimore has, a Birpai man with family ties to Thungutti and Gumbaynggirr nations, will join The Age as its Indigenous affairs journalist. He has previously worked at NITV, IndigenousX and Koori Mail. He has also written for The Guardian and has been involved in several projects that aim to improve the quality of Indigenous representation and participation in the mainstream media.

Age editor Gay Alcorn said: “From the Victorian treaty and truth-telling process, to significant national discussions about the Voice to Parliament, Indigenous issues are critical to Australia’s future.”

“Jack’s experience and story-telling ability will be crucial to our coverage.”

Jack Latimore has joined The Age as its Indigenous Affairs journalist. (Image: Supplied/The Age)

Both journalists will produced stories, in-depth features and multimedia projects.

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 four Indigenous storytellers and expand their coverage of the issues affecting First Nations people.