Griffith University in the Bonner region has been awarded a total of $200,000 which will fund five additional journalism scholarships.

The grants are part of the Regional Journalism Scholarships Program, under which $2.29 million is being awarded to 16 journalism schools across the nation.

Minister for Communications and the Arts Mitch Fifield said the grants will help regional journalism students acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to operate effectively in the contemporary news media industry.

“This is extremely important to ensure the journalism profession continues to attract Australia’s best and brightest individuals, and encourage them to stay working in regional communities,” Minister Fifield said.

Member for Bonner, Ross Vasta said the grants will help attract the highest calibre students to universities so public interest journalism thrives.

“It can be hard to attract ambitious young people to work outside the major cities, but this funding will help local newspapers, publishers and universities attract high calibre individuals,” Mr Vasta said.

A number of quality applications were received under the programs, and this has allowed the Government to fund a diverse range of opportunities.

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