Up to $40,000 is available from Regional and Small Publishers Cadetships Program to assist small publishers with the costs of hiring journalism cadets to work in their organisation.
Regional and Small Publishers Cadetships Program
The Regional and Small Publishers Cadetships Program is open to small metropolitan and regional publishers, who are able to apply for grant funding to assist with the costs of hiring journalism cadets to work in their organisation in journalism related roles. In total, funding for up to 200 cadetships will be made available to small metropolitan and regional publishers over a two-year period.
The Regional and Small Publishers Cadetships Program targets regional and small metropolitan publishers as these groups have less size and scale to enable them to respond to market and technological developments, particularly the growth of Internet based media, which continues to impact both markets and advertising revenue across traditional media sectors. Conversely, larger metropolitan publishers are not targeted by the Program due to their generally greater capacity to adapt to these conditions, including access to greater skilled labour and capital than in regional areas of Australia. Without intervention, there is a heightened risk that publishers will no longer be able to support quality public interest journalism in regional Australia, to the detriment of these communities.
The Regional and Small Publishers Cadetships Program will run over two years from 2018?19 to 2019-20. The Program was announced as part of the Regional and Small Publishers Jobs and Innovation Package.
The direct objective of the Program is to support journalism cadet employment opportunities in publishers, recognising the challenges faced by regional publishers in comparison to larger metropolitan publishers by:
- supporting the creation of new journalism cadet opportunities in publishers providing public interest journalism, particularly in regional and remote areas, and
- equipping emerging Australian journalists, particularly in regional and remote areas, with skills and experience to operate effectively in a modern, digital media environment.
A secondary benefit of supporting employment opportunities for journalism cadets is that it will assist with enhancing news coverage of issues of importance to local communities across the country, particularly in regional and remote areas.
Cadetships are being supported via a wage subsidy, with eligible organisations able to apply for a subsidy or grant of up to $40,000 (GST exclusive) per journalism cadet. There is a requirement that employing organisations match the government funding.
You can only spend grant funds on eligible grant activities as outlined in your grant agreement. The grant funding may be applied to the following costs incurred in employing a journalism cadet:
- direct remuneration (base salary)
- other applicable leave entitlements, and
- the costs of cadetship training, up to a cap of $4,000 (GST exclusive) per journalism cadet.
To be eligible for funding, applicants must:
- be a regional publisher; or
- be a small metropolitan publisher; and
- satisfy the eligibility criteria which are set out in section 3 of the Grant Opportunity Guidelines.
Applications close 27 July 2018.