Federal government announces companies and universities receiving young journalist subsidies

Media outlets Southern Cross Austereo, NBN and Grant Broadcasters are among 41 regional companies to receive funding for journalism cadetships, the Federal government has announced today.

The grants, part of the government’s $60m Regional and Small Publishers Jobs and Innovation Package comes as publishers wait for news on their applications for the first tranche of the long-delayed innovation fund.

Under the training component of the package, the Government has committed to support up to 200 journalism cadetships over two years in regional and remote areas with a matching wage subsidy of up to $40,000 for each journalism cadet.

The first funding round sees $1.8 million is being provided to successful grant recipients, creating 70 cadetships across the 41 media organisations. 

At the same time as revealing the cadetship winners, the government also announced sixteen regional universities offering scholarships worth up to $40,000 under the Regional Journalism Scholarships Program which forms the education part of the package.

Minister Mitch Fifield said in announcing the scholarships: “The scholarships are aimed at students from rural and regional areas so they can acquire skills and knowledge necessary to operate in the contemporary news media industry and stay living and working outside the major cities.”

“This funding is important to ensure the journalism profession continues to attract Australia’s best and brightest individuals, and encourage them to stay working in regional communities.”

The full list of successful media companies receiving cadet subsidies follows:

  • ACE Radio Broadcasters P/L t/as The Weekly Advertiser
  • Adelphi Printing Pty Ltd as Trustee for the Paton Family Trust
  • Alexandra Newspapers Pty Ltd
  • Australian Leisure Media
  • Balonne Beacon
  • Budsoar Pty Ltd T/As Koori Mail
  • Bumma Bippera Media Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Corporation
  • Business News Australia Pty Ltd
  • Chinchilla Newspapers Pty Ltd
  • Dalby Newspapers Pty Ltd
  • Elliott Consolidated Newspapers Pty Ltd
  • Golden Plains Publishing
  • Grant Broadcasters Pty Ltd
  • Greysen Enterprises Pty Ltd
  • Locolee Pty Ltd
  • Mail News Group Pty Ltd
  • McPherson Newspapers Pty Ltd
  • Mildura Weekly Pty Ltd
  • Monaro Media Group Pty Ltd
  • Narrandera Argus
  • NBN Pty Ltd.
  • North East Media Pty Ltd
  • Papers & Publications Pty Ltd
  • Poet Press
  • Private Media Pty Ltd
  • Roma Western Star News
  • Solstice Media Pty Ltd
  • Southern Cross Austereo Pty Ltd
  • Stadtic Media Pty Ltd Trading as Twin Town Times
  • Star News Group Pty Ltd
  • Sunraysia Publishing Company Pty Ltd
  • Surf Coast News Australia Pty Ltd
  • The Express Newspaper
  • The North Central Review Pty Ltd
  • The North Western Courier Pty Ltd
  • The Western Times
  • Village News Publishing Pty Ltd
  • W&Phillips Pty Ltd T/A Flow FM & Flow Media
  • Western Sydney Publishing Group
  • Wilkie Watson Publications
  • Yarrawonga Chronicle and Corowa Free Press Pty Ltd

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