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Citizen reporter wins coveted 2020-21 Michael Gordon Fellowship

Citizen reporter wins coveted 2020-21 Michael Gordon Fellowship

Citizen graduate cadet reporter Benjamin Silvester, left, on assignment in Warrnambool. Image: Jack Banister


For the third year running, The Citizen has secured a coveted Michael Gordon Journalism Fellowship, awarded by the Melbourne Press Club. The Citizen’s graduate cadet reporter Benjamin Silvester will use the grant to travel to the Northern Territory for a reporting project on remote housing.

Benjamin’s success follow previous awards granted to Jack Banister, in 2018 and 2019, to report from Darwin and Torres Strait, and Else Kennedy to report from Alice Springs in 2019. Their stories we co-published by The Guardian and by SBS/NITV respectively. The Citizen is the only student publication to be recognised in the grants to date.

The Michael Gordon Fellowships are awarded to enable social justice journalism projects, and are named in memory of Michael Gordon, the respected former political editor of The Age newspaper who died suddenly in February 2018.

For full details of the 2020-2021 Michael Gordon Fellowships, click here.


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THE CITIZEN is a publication of the Centre for Advancing Journalism. It has several aims. Foremost, it is a teaching tool that showcases the work of the students in the University of Melbourne’s Master of Journalism and Master of International Journalism programs, giving them real-world experience in working for publication and to deadline. Find out more →

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