Today, Guardian Australia announces a philanthropic grant from the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas to support foreign affairs reporting in the Pacific and Australia’s immediate neighbourhood.
The Judith Neilson Institute grant will support a Pacific journalism project, enabling Guardian Australia to employ a specialist Pacific editor, establish a network of independent journalists and commission major investigations to strengthen reporting on regional issues.
Guardian Australia hopes to collaborate with many publications at home and across the Pacific, including Vanuatu, Tonga, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, the Marshall Islands, the Solomon Islands, Samoa, French Polynesia and New Caledonia among others to increase public discourse on critical strategic social, environmental, crime and business stories in the Pacific region.
Lenore Taylor, editor of Guardian Australia, said:
“We’ve wanted to do more reporting in the Pacific for a long time and this grant will make it possible. The region receives relatively little sustained