For the fourth year running, The Citizen has secured a coveted Michael Gordon Journalism Fellowship, awarded by the Melbourne Press Club.
The Citizen’s graduate cadet reporter Jordyn Beazley won a grant for her project ‘Thing are Crook in the Bush’. Jordyn will use the grant to travel to Central West NSW to investigate how the systemic inequality in Australia’s national health system is eroding Australia’s rural and remote health care.
Jordyn’s success follows previous awards granted to Benjamin Silvester last year to report on remote housing issues in the Northern Territory; Jack Banister, in 2018 and 2019, to report from Darwin and Torres Strait; and, Else Kennedy to report from Alice Springs in 2019. Jack and Else’s stories we co-published by The Guardian and by SBS/NITV respectively, while Ben’s project is still underway.
Jordyn was one of four journalists to receive a grant this year. Among the winners were The Age’s Miki Perkins, and Schwartz’s 7am podcast host Ruby Jones.
Charlotte Grieve, The Citizen’s 2017 graduate cadet and now a reporter at The Age, also secured a grant to examine the impact of the federal government’s energy strategy on rural communities and the environment.
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.