Awards / Climate change / Pacific

Sean Dorney Grant for Pacific Journalism

Feeling honoured, excited (and more than a bit freaked out) at being awarded a public interest journalism grant through the Walkley Foundation and its donors today. Not least because the grant is named for one of my reporting heroes and mentors, the ABC’s legendary Pacific correspondent Sean Dorney. My ambition with this project is to visit several Pacific locations to tell stories about what a just climate transition could and should look like. Hopefully this approach helps us to vault over so many of the tired and divisive tropes around if/when/how climate change will impact the Pacific and recognise the reality of what is playing out now, and to report on the work and needs of the communities at the front line. I also plan to use the grant to work with Pacific journalists, sharing ideas, credit and resources to better inform our respective audiences. Stories will appear in The Monthly and Griffith Review, and likely elsewhere, but sadly it won’t be anytime soon due to Covid19 travel restrictions. For more on the Walkley Foundation grants, click here. (Photo by Vlad Sokhin during a trip to Manus, some time ago now.)