Citizen Journalist Project awarded Walkley Grant

Community broadcasters William Martin, Jim Beatson and Susan Forde have been awarded a Walkley Journalism Innovation Grant for their citizen journalism project.

The $15,000 grant will go towards the project, which is focused on reinvigorating local news and participatory democracy at a grassroots level by providing a model, tools, engagement and distribution for citizen journalism within the community broadcasting sector.

Taking what they’ve learned about producing quality, independent local news at Byron Bay’s 99.9 Bay FM, William Martin and team want to build a network of support and resources for community radio stations around Australia to develop their own citizen journalism newsrooms, and to engage with audiences.

The Walkley Journalism Innovation Grant program is a pool of seed funding, offered annually since 2013 for proposals for innovative projects in journalism, media and storytelling. 


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CBAA Conference workshop on citizen journalism and community broadcasting

William Martin will present at a workshop at the upcoming CBAA Conference, where he’ll discuss how citizen journalism fits in with community broadcasting. He’ll be joined by Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Advancing Journalism, journalist and freelance author Margaret Simons.

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