Judith Neilson Institute launches Grants Program to support Quality Journalism

Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas has announced the first stage of its grants program to support quality journalism. The initial round of grants covers a range of media organisations and activities from major international projects to small, local initiatives.

Director of the Institute, “The Institute believes that the best way to champion quality journalism is to help journalists do more of it. Most of the grants announced today will create new positions or new projects for journalists. We also expect some of these initial projects will expand into more substantial initiatives.”

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The Institute’s approach to grants is informed by five principles: creating new opportunities for journalists to do more journalism; focusing on projects that will have the greatest impact; encouraging new investment in journalism; non-partisanship; and respect for editorial independence.

Ryan said, “In addition to providing practical support for quality journalism, the first round of grants is also a learning process. It will help the Institute understand how to best support journalism. And for those in the profession, it will give a sense of the types of projects the Institute is keen to support.”

News media everywhere is facing unprecedented challenges. But the need for accurate, evidence based journalism is stronger than ever. The Judith Neilson Institute champions quality journalism and storytelling in Australia and around the world through grants, practical education programs and events with global opinion leaders that will enlighten, provoke and inspire.

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This grants round is part of a number of initiatives that have been launched since the Institute was announced in November 2018.

In May, the Institute held its first education project, a two-week intensive fellowship for 12 Australian journalists in Hong Kong in cooperation with the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at Hong Kong University.

From 31 August-1 September this year, the Institute will partner with the Sydney Opera House to co-present Antidote: a festival of ideas, action and change.

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The Institute is co-curating three sessions of the festival looking at how journalists work in authoritarian environments, who gets to speak on society’s most controversial subjects, and how journalists cover climate change.