Michael Gordon Fellowship recipients

The MPC's Michael Gordon Journalism Fellowships have enabled almost two dozen reporters to cover over 30 important social justice stories across Australia and abroad.

Created in honour of former Age political editor Michael Gordon, who died suddenly in February 2018, the program has awarded over $100,000 in grants for stories which were otherwise too costly to cover well.

Works have covered a broad spectrum of issues, including native title rights, bush courts in the NT, the lives of refugees in Bendigo, the impact of climate change on Torres Strait Islander communities, and disability issues in Melbourne's migrant communities.

Find out more about our fellowes' work below:

2021 Michael Gordon fellows

  • Jordyn Beazley – University of Melbourne, The Citizen – ‘Things are crook in the bush’ Story 1, Story 2

  • Ruby Schwartz – Schwartz Media, 7am Podcast– ‘Investigating Indigenous voter suppression’ Part 1, Part 2

  • Miki Perkins – The Age– 'Investigating how climate change and rising sea levels are affecting the life and future of traditional owners in Torres Strait.' Read now

  • Charlotte Grieve– The Age/SMH – ‘A project examining the impact of the federal government's energy strategy on regional communities as well as the environment’ Read now


2020 Michael Gordon fellows

  • Adam Carey – The Age  "Walking in two worlds: the Territory kids discovering a new school"

  • Saber Baluch and Gavin Blyth  SBS Insight – "From War to Wagga"

  • Anna Henderson  ABC News – The Battle to ensure hard won Native Title rights

  • Timna Jacks  The Age – "No Dirty Gas Projects" - Fracking in the NT

  • Danielle Kutchel  Star News Group  Disability issues among migrant communities in Melbourne (Read: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4)

  • Benjamin Silvester – The Citizen/The Junction – Remote housing in the NT

  • Kristine Ziwica  The Saturday Paper – Covid-19 and women's economic security (Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4)


See the 2019 Michael Gordon fellows


See the 2018 Michael Gordon fellows

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