The Caroline Jones Women in Media
Young Journalists Award

The Caroline Jones Women in Media Young Journalists Award
Supported by the National Press Club and the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance

This award recognizes tenacity and passion for the craft of journalism from young women working across rural and regional Australia. It seeks to immerse the award winner in an intensive experience of journalism, politics and government in Canberra.

The annual award will include:

  •      $2500 personal learning fund
  •      Travel and accommodation to Canberra for five nights
  •      National Press Club lunch attendance and question
  •      Mentorship from members of the Canberra Women in Media Committee.

The winner will spend time in a variety of Canberra and Press Gallery news rooms throughout the week.

This award seeks to foster commitment and passion for journalism among young women practitioners in rural and regional Australia. It is named in honour of Caroline Jones, AO, a ground-breaking journalist who joined the ABC in 1963 and became the first female reporter for This Day Tonight. She reported for Four Corners between 1972-1981 before presenting Radio National’s Search for Meaning program. In 1996 Jones became the presenter of Australian Story. She is the Patron of Women in Media, a networking initiative for Australian women in media modelled on a successful group first established in Western Australia in 2005.

This award is the first of its kind in encouraging young female rural and regional journalists to experience first-hand the complexities of the media and political landscape across the nation’s capital.

It is a life-changing, horizon-broadening and immersive prize, exposing the winner not only to the institutions of Canberra, including the Press Gallery and National Press Club, but also bringing them into contact with the Women in Media network – providing mentorship, guidance, and insights from Canberra’s most prominent female journalists.


Caroline Jones, Patron Women in Media
Tracey Spicer, WiM NSW Convenor
Emma Macdonald WiM Canberra Convenor
Katharine Murphy, Director National Press Club of Australia


The award will be presented annually and is open to any female rural and regional journalist working in a non-metropolitan area.  Applicants must be aged up to 30 years and have at least one year of full-time industry experience.

Applicants are asked to submit a portfolio of their work across any media platform (television, newspaper, radio, online).

A maximum of three stories must demonstrate tenacity and passion for journalism, an adherence to ethical standards, and a contribution to community understanding and discourse on an issue of choice.

Judges have the discretion to nominate a recipient or to choose not to make the award in any one year.

Stories may include a single issue or a range of issues, including opinion pieces, features, or news.

Submitted work must be the original work of the applicant.

Entries should be accompanied by original copies of printed works, links to online articles, or recordings of broadcasts on television or radio. A written statement of up to 500 words must accompany the submission outlining the impact of the work, and a brief CV must be included.



Inaugural Winner Announced!!

Congratulations to Eliza Goetze, from the Bundaberg News Mail – Inaugural winner of the Caroline Jones, Women in Media, Young Journalist’s Award 2017!

Eliza, 25, beat a tough field of 29 entrants to take the honour, with an impressive entry the judging panel said demonstrated her grasp of major economic and social issues affecting her local community, and her capacity to build trust with sources and interview subjects.

The panel – made up of respected journalists Tracey Spicer, Emma Macdonald, Katherine Murphy and Women in Media patron Caroline Jones – said Eliza’s journalism made a difference to local sweet potato growers exploited by wholesalers – a national story playing out in local communities around the country.

Eliza Goetze with Caroline Jones


 2017 Eliza Goetze Bundaberg News Mail