Grants worth a total of $89,000 have been awarded to seven freelance journalists.
The projects to be funded in 2020 are:
- Patrick Abboud and Simon Cunich, “The Greatest Menace”
- Bob Burton, “Who pays the piper?”
- Nina Funnell, “Shadow Pandemic: Sexual assault and domestic violence in regional Australia during COVID-19”
- Jessica Malcolm, “Bee brokerage” (published October 20, you can read it here)
- Emma Masters, “Listen and Learn: A report card from the bush”
- Kim Nguyen, “Conversations with coal miners about climate change”
- Dale Webster, “Sitting Ducks: Post offices left carrying cash can after banks pull out of regional Australia”
The judges were impressed with the breadth and high quality of this year’s applications. The seven winning projects reflect that diversity, as well as the commitment of applicants to tackling different and sometimes controversial Australian stories. The freelance journalists rewarded in this round of grants range in age, experience and skill sets, but their projects promise to surprise, educate and move audiences.
Natalie Ahmat, Walkley Judging Board and Presenter/Producer, NITV
Monica Attard, Head of Journalism, UTS
Di Thomas, Former Editor, The Border Mail and The Shepparton News
Helen Trinca, Associate Editor, The Australian
Chad Watson, Managing Editor (NSW Central), Australian Community Media
These grants are funded by the Walkley Public Fund and Twitter Australia, with additional support provided by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.
The Walkley Public Fund for Journalism
These grants are funded by the Walkley Foundation’s Public Fund. The industry needs more from us, and to provide that kind of support, we need help to grow the Walkley Public Fund. The Fund is an opportunity for individuals and organisations to come together and show their support for journalism and the vital role that it plays in supporting democracy, with a tax-deductible donation.
You can find out more about the fund, what we support, and how to donate here.
For questions on the grants program, please contact Lauren Dixon via email or call 0413 212 890.