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A good news story

Posted on : 25 September 2017

Three little letters can change a life and they certainly did for Hannah Southcott. Hannah turned RAS into ABC before switching to SBS and is now working full-time as an Associate Producer on news & current affairs program The Feed.

Winning the JB Fairfax Award for Rural and Regional Journalism, Hannah received a $10,000 scholarship along with practical work experience at Fairfax Agricultural Media and an internship in the Media Centre at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

"This scholarship was the most valuable thing I achieved during my university degree and I honestly don't think I would be where I am today, without it," Hannah said.

"Winning the scholarship gave me a big boost of confidence in my ability to write, but it also gave me some great hands-on experience."

Hannah also believes the scholarship gave her a head start in the competitive job market and made her stand out in a crowded field of aspiring journalists,

"It's great to be able to write that I was the JB Fairfax scholarship winner in my job applications. It is something that sets me apart from the other candidates and it's a testimony from working journalists that I have what it takes to make it in the industry."

More than 30 journalism courses are offered at universities in New South Wales alone, so graduates need to look for advantages and make the most of contacts, opportunities, and internships wherever and whenever they can. With applications closing on 30 September it is not too late to apply for this year's JB Fairfax Award for Rural and Regional Journalism. Hannah Southcott was studying a Masters in Journalism at UTS when she applied and her success in securing the Award changed her life.

"I'm now working full-time at SBS, after a 6-month stint at the ABC. This scholarship helped me get my foot in the door. It set me apart from other young journalists, it gave me the confidence to apply for jobs and it also validated my talent to people who didn't necessarily know me."