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John B Fairfax gives young rural journalists a voice

Posted on : 02 July 2018

When successful, some people choose to give back - and that is certainly the case with John B Fairfax.

A member of the iconic publishing dynasty of the same name, John B Fairfax knows the importance of news to a community and certainly rural and regional communities.

That is why he helped established a scholarship for rural journalism through the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RASF).

For Mr Fairfax, the RASF plays a vital role in demonstrating the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW’s contribution to the broader agricultural community.

Mr Fairfax knows the importance of conveying the many stories to be told in rural and regional townships while seeking out and supporting the storytellers.

“I had a desire to encourage and support young people and give them an opportunity they may not otherwise have had,” Mr Fairfax said.

With the assistance of the RASF he established the JB Fairfax Award to identify and assist up-and-coming rural journalists who are studying at either TAFE or University.

“I am especially proud of the Journalism Award and encourage people to apply, with the objective of joining a special group whom I hope will promote the valuable contribution our rural and regional communities make to our economy,” Mr Fairfax says.

In 2018 the JB Fairfax Award recipient is Katrina Nash of Cudal, NSW.

Katrina refers to her experience since receiving her honour as ‘invaluable’ and says the practical support on offer will greatly assist her in achieving her dream of becoming a rural journalist.

“Growing up in a rural area I am aware of the important role regional journalists play in rural communities. My ambition to become a regional journalist was always there, now thanks to the JB Fairfax Award, I am one step closer,” Katrina says.

“From participating in the Sydney Royal Easter Show internship program as a member of the Media Team to my upcoming internships with ABC’s Landline program and The Land newspaper, the opportunities are endless,” she added.

Recipients like Katrina also receive a $10,000 cash prize to assist their career development.

Applications for the 2019 JB Fairfax Award opened last week (1 July) and close 30th September 2018.

To view our other scholarships on offer please visit our website



For further information, please contact:

Roger White

Manager, Public Relations

Royal Agricultural Society of NSW

P: (02) 9704 1453  


Nicola Dalby

Communications Coordinator

Royal Agricultural Society of NSW

P: (02) 9704 1401 E:

About the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation:

The RAS Foundation is a charitable foundation that encourages educational opportunities and helps build strong and sustainable rural and regional communities through a range of targeted grants and scholarships.

Visit for more information on the RAS Foundation.


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