Journalists and photographers working for six Australian media outlets will share $30,000 in the 2019 Michael Gordon Fellowship grants.
The national fellowships – now in their second year – enable social justice journalism in memory of Michael Gordon (pictured), the respected former political editor of The Age newspaper who died suddenly in February 2018.
The 2019 Michael Gordon Fellows are:
John Ferguson – The Australian – Poverty in Timor Leste
Paul Farrell – ABC 7.30 – Wage Slavery in South Asia
Bianca Hall/Joe Armao – The Age – Refugees in Port Moresby
Else Kennedy – Student Journalist – NBN in Alice Springs
Jack Bannister – Freelance – Climate Crisis in Torres Strait
Helen Davidson – Guardian Australia – Regional Guest Workers (held from 2018)
The fellowships are supported by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, the ABC, Nine, the National Press Club, Grant Rule and Sophie Oh and the Ray & Margaret Wilson Foundation.
Melbourne Press Club CEO Mark Baker praised the high standard of applications.
“We are delighted to again support some outstanding projects that will deliver the kind of journalism Michael Gordon exemplified in his career,” Baker said.
Baker was joined on the selection panel by former ABC and Sky News journalist Jim Middleton, Guardian Australia political editor Katharine Murphy and Michael Gordon’s widow, Robyn Carter.