| December 21, 2018

Investing in quality journalism

McPherson Newspapers, the Yarrawonga Chronicle and Corowa Free Press have been awarded grants through the Regional and Small Publishers Cadetships Program, to help drive regional journalism in the Murray electorate.

The McPherson Newspapers grant of $169,854 will support six cadetships in the business. The Yarrawonga Chronicle and Corowa Free Press have both been awarded $26,071 to employ one new cadet.

The Federal Government has provided $1.78 million for more 41regional and small publishers throughout Australia.

Federal Member for Murray, the Hon Damian Drum MP said the grants are important to ensure the journalism profession continues to attract Australia’s best and brightest individuals, and encourage them to live and work outside the major cities.

“Regional Australia has a great standard of journalism and it is important that we continue to attract young people to the profession,” Mr Drum said.

“This is not just about attracting young journalists to regional Australia, but also keeping local students in their community.

A number of quality applications were received under the program, and this has allowed the Government to fund a diverse range of opportunities.

For more information visit: www.communications.gov.au/regionalinnovation

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