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JB Fairfax Award for Rural Journalism (External)

The JB Fairfax Award for Rural Journalism is a national award that aims to encourage university students to pursue a career in rural or regional journalism upon graduation. The Award was established through a private donation from Mr John B Fairfax AO.

Value and duration

The Award includes a scholarship of $10,000 and practical work experience as an intern Fairfax Media and the Sydney Royal Easter Show. The winning article is published in a major rural publication.

Who is eligible?

Applicants for the Award must:

  • Be enrolled to study in any undergraduate or postgraduate degree of relevance to rural affairs at an approved Australian education provider.
  • Submit a Feature article on one of the following topics:
    • Topic 1:How can Australian agriculture benefit from Brexit?; or
    • Topic 2:How could better digital connectivity in country areas invigorate rural economies?; or
    • Topic 3: How can fresh ideas from young producers lead to on farm gains?
  • The feature article must be up to 1,200 words, be written to publication standard and includes a minimum of four information sources.
  • Submit a strong news article, blog post, video or audio report of up to 600 words on a topic of your choice relating to Australian agriculture. Please include a minimum of three sources including one primary producer. The piece must be original and not previously published or broadcast.
  • Demonstrate an active interest in rural affairs and in pursuing a career in rural journalism upon graduation
  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Be aged 30 years or under

Course area(s)

All courses.


For application dates and details please visit: http://www.rasnsw.com.au/foundation/scholarships-and-grants/rural-journalism/

For further information contact

Please direct all enquiries to:

RAS Foundation

Cecilia Logan
Phone: 02 9704 1226
Email: foundation@rasf.org.au

Website: www.rasnsw.com.au/JB-Fairfax-Award-for-Rural-Journalism (opens external site).