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Fifty-one news publishers and independent journalists will be awarded AU$5M in funding from the Meta Australian News Fund, in the third round of a AUD$15M three-year investment in partnership with the Walkley Foundation. In its final year, the fund program has so far supported around 150 eligible Australian-based newsrooms and journalists to foster innovation and improve public interest journalism in Australia. 

This year’s successful recipients represent a diverse set of digital-first publications, and publishers that cater to underrepresented audiences such as culturally diverse, LGBTQI+, First Nation peoples, gender diverse, regional, rural, and economically disadvantaged communities and journalists working with a disability. In this round there was an additional focus on stories or projects that prioritise: video first, women in sport, First Nations languages and languages other than English. The Walkley Foundation managed the judging process independently of Meta. 

Learn more about the Meta Australia News Fund here.

Public Interest Journalism Fund
Organisation/Individual Project
Agenda Media Pty Ltd. Women’s Agenda – The New Rules, Women’s Sports Coverage and Podcast
BUNDABERG MEDIA PTY LTD Breaking Boundaries: Women of Bundaberg Sport
Daniel Clarke / Ad Hoc Docs Untitled one-hour documentary based on Kangaroo Island
Community Broadcasting Association of Australia Establishing a First Nations Community Journalist in Canberra
Chris Earl Sport connecting rural flood-hit communities
Catherine Fox Contributing Editor and Writers’ Program for Women in Media’s Gender Equality Initiative
Geelong Independent Pty Ltd Regional News Inclusivity Initiative
The Greek Herald – Foreign Language press pty ltd Video Series – The Greek Herald
Gympie Today Pty Ltd Outback Pride Celebrating LGBTQIA+ stories in regional Queensland
Ipswich Media Pty Ltd Deadly Athletes
KORE Communication Strategy Research Pty Ltd and KORE CSR New England Times Investigations Unit
Patrick Lenton The LGBTQIA+ Media Watch Project
The Local Publishing Group Championing Women
The Local Rag ‘Regional Dialect’, amplifying the voices of regional communities
Mibenge Nsenduluka Back Cover is an agenda setting news portal that will be focusing on the diverse voices of Australia.
MMP Star Pty Ltd Women’s Health Project
Lucie Morris Marr Indigenous Australian special project series
North East Media Pty Ltd Agenda Setting Editorial Topics Digital First Publishing
Out Publications Pty Ltd LGBTQIA+ Journalism Project
Pulse Media Group Pty Ltd Pulse Hobart & Tasmania – Regional Youth Journalism
Rachel Rayner Discover This – Rachel Rayner, Science Explainer
The Riverine Grazier Pty Ltd The Riverine Grazier Local Journalism Digital Storytelling and Website Upgrade Project
South Burnett Today Pty Ltd Indigenous Language News
Stormvale P/L as T/F Creighton Family Trust t/as Boonah Newspaper Co Video capability to enhance PIJ and newsroom sustainability
Peri Strathearn Telling the Murraylands’ Stories
Sydney Educational Broadcasting Ltd 2SER Independent Radio News
Times News Group and Surf Coast News Australia Pty Ltd SheThrives: Amplifying Female Voices
Warrumbungle Publications Pty Ltd Wattle Magazine
Digital Innovation Fund
Organisation/Individual Project
Agenda Media Pty Ltd (Women’s Agenda) Women’s Sport
Altmedia Pty Ltd Project City Hub Sydney Digitization of Historic Archives
Australian Neighbourhood Media The Hawkesbury Post
Australian Property Media Publications Pty Ltd Social, Community and Indigenous Housing, Women’s Crisis Accommodation
Australian Science Media Centre Inc Scimex Upgrade
Big Issue in Australia Limited Support a new Digital Content Creator whose role it is to ideate and execute The Big Issue’s digital ecosystem.
CBAA: Community Broadcasting Association of Australia CBAA: Collaborative Newsroom Project
Central Queensland Media Pty Ltd Climate Changers
Communico Media Group pty ltd / Intermedia Group Pty Ltd Project Communico Media Group
The Daily Aus The Smart Friend in Your DMs
Gympie Today Pty Ltd Fires Floods and First Responders
National Indigenous Radio Service National Indigenous Radio Service
North East Media trading as Mid West Media North East Media Pty Ltd trading as Mid West Media
Peppermint Magazine Peppermint Publishing Digital
Pulse Media Group Pty Ltd Pulse Hobart/Tasmania – Realtime Digital Reporting
The Royal Institution of Australia The Royal Institution of Australia
SA Today Pty Ltd Tennant Creek News
South Burnett Today Pty Ltd Western Downs News Service
Squiz Media Pty Ltd Project Newshounds by Squiz Kids
Surf Coast News Australia Pty Ltd/ Times News Group Empowering Journalists with Multi-Platform Content Creation
Sydney Educational Broadcasting Ltd 2SER Digital Innovation in Podcasting & Comedy
Vertical Networks Group Pty Ltd Arts Hub
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