Newsmaker has welcomed new grants for innovative Regional and Small Publishers and scholarships for journalism cadetships at the tertiary level. The awards are part of a $60 million Government package designed to help drive public interest journalism in the face of unprecedented changes in technology and industry.
Newsmaker CEO Leila Hendson said that the grants recognised the need for quality journalism.
"Today's journalists are battling damaging accusations, such as the fake 'fake news' tag," Ms Henderson said. "Journalism requires integrity and a balanced view, even in the face of slurs and attacks, as well as the massive upsurge in clickbait headlines masquerading as journalism. These grants will encourage publishers to invest in and train new talent."
The Regional and Small Publishers’ Jobs and Innovation Package includes scholarships for university students and cadetships.
For the first funding round scholarships per year of up to $40,000 each will be made available for eligible universities, exclusively for journalism students from regional and rural areas.
Ms Henderson herself completed her journalism training at D.C. Thomsons in Dundee, Scotland, before heading to Australia and her first job here with The Australian Women's Weekly under Ita Buttrose's reign.
"For students, these scholarships help pay for their tuition and living costs," she said. "It's good to see that journalism is being backed as a skill of the future."
One hundred cadetships will be offered initially, valued at up to $40,000 each. At least 80 per cent of the cadetships will be for regional publishers, the rest will go to small metropolitan publishers. Regional and small publishers can use the money to help pay for hiring and training cadets.
Applications are now open for the programs and will close on 27 July 2018.