Regional radio stations to receive funding to employ journalism cadets
A new Federal Government program will allow regional commercial radio stations to apply for funding to assist with hiring journalism cadets.
The grants are now available under the Federal Government’s Regional and Small Publishers Cadets Program – which will provide a wage subsidy or grant of up to $40,000 per approved journalism cadet.
The program will support 200 cadetships over two years, with 100 available in the first round. Applications open July 27.
The program aims to help boost employment opportunities in regional media, to help regional outlets better compete with global news outlets.
“Given local content requirements and the central role of regional radio in providing news, community service announcements and emergency information, it will be pleasing see local broadcasters’ contribution assisted in this way,” said Commercial Radio Australia chief executive officer Joan Warner.
“In some regional areas, including Mudgee, Taree, Innisfail, Griffith, Sale and Wangaratta, there is no daily local print media outlet, so radio holds a particularly important role in providing the community with live daily local news.”
ACMA research into local content in regional areas in 2017 found 73% of respondents say commercial radio is the most common source of local content.
More information, guidelines, and to apply head to the Regional and Small Publishers Cadets Program official page.