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Two Citizen journalists receive 2019 Michael Gordon Fellowships

The fellowship program from the Melbourne Press Club honours industry legend Michael Gordon.

Two Citizen journalists receive 2019 Michael Gordon Fellowships

Current student & Citizen reporter Else Kennedy

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Student Else Kennedy and Schiavon Cadet Jack Banister are two of the six journalists to receive 2019 Michael Gordon Fellowships, and will share in $30,000 worth of funding from the Melbourne Press Club. They are named alongside journalists from The Age, the ABC, The Australian, and Guardian Australia.

Citizen cadet Jack Banister.

Citizen cadet Jack Banister.

Kennedy will produce a story about the NBN rollout in Alice Springs, whilst Banister will visit the Torres Strait to report on how the climate crisis is affecting the region.

Banister was also a 2018 recipient. You can read his reporting from the first round of funding here.

The fellowships honour Michael Gordon, the legendary Age journalist who passed away in February 2018. Gordon was a mentor to Citizen editor Jo Chandler during her time at The Age.

The Michael Gordon Fellowships are generously supported by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, the ABC, Nine, the National Press Club, Grant Rule and Sophie Oh and the Ray & Margaret Wilson Foundation.

Read more about the program and the 2019 fellows 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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