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Recipients of the 2020 Walkley Grants for Freelance Journalism on Regional Australia

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, “Regional banking investigation”

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.

Image: David Gray, Reuters Wider Image, “Drought From Above”

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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.

Contact us

For questions on the grants program, please contact Kym Middleton,, 0401 512 583

Want to support great storytelling in the public interest through a grant? Get in touch with us.

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