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Cudal’s Katrina Nash Wins JB Fairfax Rural Journalism Scholarship

Posted on : 27 March 2018

21-year-old Katrina Nash of Cudal, NSW has won the 2018 Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) JB Fairfax Award for Rural Journalism.

Ms Nash, a fourth-year Law and Communications student at the University of Newcastle, was presented with her award at a ceremony at the Sydney Royal Easter Show at Sydney Showground.

Now in its tenth year, the highly-regarded scholarship is awarded to a journalist who displays a keen interest in reporting on issues concerning the present and future of regional communities.

Created in 2008 by Mr John B Fairfax AO, the award program is continued each year by the RAS Foundation and includes a $7,500 cash prize alongside industry experience at the Sydney Royal Easter Show Media Centre and Fairfax Agricultural Media.

Ms Nash said on Sunday that the award will be of immeasurable benefit to her career.

“To not only be given a financial scholarship to help eliminate the burden of living away from home, but also the opportunity to intern with an extensive list of well-respected media organisations, will have the most incredible impact on my degree,” she said.

Rural journalism has always been an aspiration for Ms Nash, who notes her rural upbringing as the primary motivation in determining her career choice.

“I was fortunate enough to have been a part of such a close-knit community growing up, that being Cudal.

‘As such, I understand how important rural journalists are for the vitality of rural communities,” she said. 

RAS Foundation Manager Cecilia Logan said that it was Katrina’s ongoing passion for the industry that earned her the winner’s prize.

“Katrina was also a 2017 RASF Rural Scholar and, upon graduation, hopes to move back to the Central West as a journalist.

“She recognises the need for greater discussion regarding regional issues,” Ms Logan said.

Katrina is currently undergoing practical experience through her scholarship, and is continually inspired by the need for bigger regional stories.

“I aim to utilise the power of the media that bring to light issues that not just impact regional communities, but all individuals.

“Stories that encompass resilience, determination and compassion are all aspects of regional Australia that I want to report on,” she said.

The RAS Foundation is a non-for-profit organisation that aims to strengthen rural and regional communities through supporting various scholarships and community grants.

Visit for more information on the RAS Foundation.



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