IF you are considering a career in journalism, some extra financial help could just seal the deal.
Regional journalism has received a boost, with six new Deakin University students to be supported through their degrees as part of a Federal Government investment in the rural and regional media sector.
Deakin is among 16 universities across Australia to receive a share of $2.29 million funding in the first round of the Regional Journalism Scholarships program.
The $174,000 awarded to Deakin will support five regional or remote students to study a Bachelor of Arts (Communications), as well as supporting one student to undertake a Bachelor of Communications (Honours).
The scholarships aim to increase enrolment and completion rates of regional students undertaking journalism-related courses.
Deakin School of Communication and Creative Arts Senior Lecturer Dr Kristy Hess said the scholarship opportunities were a much-needed boost for regional and community journalism, at a time when the media landscape was undergoing major change.
“These scholarships will give rural and regional journalism students a chance to build a media career in the regions and provide communities with the quality information they need in the digital era," she said.
“It will also 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.”
She said regional journalism remained an important source of information and connection for communities.
“Local and hyper-local news still has an important role to play in the digital age, and it’s a vital facet of the future of mainstream journalism in this globalised world,” she said.