The Government is investing more than $60 million in quality regional journalism.

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The Regional and Small Publishers Jobs and Innovation Package is designed to help small metropolitan and regional publishers adapt to the challenges facing the contemporary media environment, create employment opportunities for cadet journalists and support regional students to study journalism.

The package is worth $60.4 million over three years and consists of three programs:

  1. The Regional and Small Publishers Cadetship Program
  2. The Regional Journalism Scholarships Program
  3. The Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund.

Why do we need these programs?

The media industry is in a significant and sustained transition period, putting the delivery of quality journalism under pressure. This poses challenges for small publishers and small regional newspapers in particular.

The business models that have traditionally supported journalism—particularly those funded by advertising revenue—have changed, and the need to adapt successful subscriber and revenue models is proving especially demanding for smaller publications.

  • Quality journalism is an important feature of our democracy, and access to locally relevant factual journalism is vital to developing and maintaining strong regional communities.
  • Effective journalism also plays an important role in holding our institutions to account and creates a framework in which complex issues can be understood. Quality journalism offers the public reliable information to support decisions in political, economic and social life.

Infographic - Revitalising small and regional media companies with 60 scholarships for regional journalism students; 200 cadetships to create jobs in small and regional media companies; and $50m to help small and regional publishers adapt to the evolving media environment.

The Regional and Small Publishers Cadetships Program

About the program

The Regional and Small Publishers Cadetships Program(the Cadetships Program) will run over two financial years from 2018–19 to 2019–20. The program helps small and regional publishers to support early career journalists by providing financial assistance for new cadets for at least 12 months.

In total, 200 cadetships will be made available, with the Commonwealth contributing up to $40,000 per cadet.

The expected outcomes of the Cadetships Program are to:

  • create new cadet opportunities to drive public interest journalism, particularly in regional and remote areas
  • equip emerging Australian journalists, particularly in regional and remote areas, with skills and experience to operate effectively in in a modern, digital media environment
  • enhance news coverage of important community issues, particularly in regional and remote areas.

Guidelines

How to apply

Media organisations can apply for the Cadetships Program by completing an online application form.

Contact

Phone: 02 6271 1400
Email: RegionalInnovation@communications.gov.au

The Regional Journalism Scholarships Program

About the program

The Regional Journalism Scholarships Program (the Scholarships Program) will run over two financial years from 2018–19 to 2019–20. The program aims to help emerging journalists acquire the skills and knowledge needed to operate in the contemporary news media industry and be job-ready at the completion of their studies.

In total, 60 scholarships will be made available to higher education providers offering journalism courses, with each scholarship valued at up to $40,000.

The expected outcomes of the Scholarships Program are to increase the:

  • number of regional and remote students studying journalism related courses
  • rate of completion of these students
  • number of regional and remote students looking for jobs in the media after completing their studies.

Guidelines

Learn more about the Grant Opportunity Guidelines.

How to apply

Universities and other higher education providers can apply for the Scholarships Program by completing an online application form.

Contact

Phone: 02 6271 1400
Email: RegionalInnovation@communications.gov.au

The Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund

About the program

The Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund (the Innovation Fund) is a competitive grants program that will provide $16 million per year over three years to support regional and small publishers to transition to and compete more successfully in the evolving media environment.

The objective of the Innovation Fund is to encourage small and regional news publishers to develop and trial sustainable models to deliver public interest journalism.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority will be administering the program.

The expected Innovation Fund outcomes are to:

  • support projects aimed at improving the capacity of small and regional news publishers to generate revenue from the production of public interest journalism
  • encourage innovation and experimentation in digital journalism
  • support business improvement activities that will strengthen the financial position of small and regional news publishers.

How to apply

The Regional and Small Publishers Fund is being administered by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

To learn more about the Innovation Fund, visit the ACMA's website.

Contact

Phone: 1300 850 115
Email: innovationfund@acma.gov.au

For more information on the Broadcast and Content Reform Package.