Nominations announced for Young Journalist of the Year

Nominations announced for Young Journalist of the Year

Nine talented up-and-coming journalists will contend for the Ray Frawley Young Journalist of the Year title at this year’s Rural Press Club of Victoria Rural and Regional Journalism and Photography Awards.

Find out who the winner is at our awards night in Ballarat on Friday, 30 September.

This will be one of 18 categories where award winners will be announced, showcasing the best in rural and regional journalism and photography across Victoria and Tasmania.

Ticket sales close soon on Wednesday, 21 September. It’s not too late to organise a table – but hurry!

Nominations for Young Journalist of the Year


Lucy Bain – ABC Mildura-Swan Hill

“Lucy is a compassionate storyteller and producer… She is thoughtful, humble, creative and kind with a way of making her talent and audience feel immediately comfortable… She has great respect and support from her colleagues.”


Caitlyn Grant – Shepparton News

“Caitlyn has the veracity and tenacity of a journalist far above her experience level…  Her work this year has been important for, not only the Shepparton News’ wider audience, but especially the younger members of the community.”


Tallis Miles – The Weekly Times

“His work ethic, enthusiasm and ability to learn are well beyond his years. He is one of the most capable young journalists I have come across… He excels in every task asked from him… It is my pleasure to recommend him as an outstanding young journalist of great talent and character.”


Jack Morgan – WIN News

“Jack has shown just how committed and resourceful a journalist he is. His stories this year involved hiking 2 hours up remote mountains to interview police about a river crossing fatality, standing in the middle of an angry protest to interview a controversial MP, and having a sensitive interview with a sawmill owner whose business was about to close up.”


Inga Neilsen – WIN News

“Inga’s work this year was impactful and highlighted the importance of initiating change and providing a platform for communities to communicate to decision makers. It ensured community voices were heard on state-wide issues and that communities were informed with vital information.”


Mikaela Ortolan – ABC News

“The work Mikaela has completed this year demonstrates an accomplished young journalist that shows wisdom beyond her youth… Mikaela epitomises the future of Australian Journalism… She is curious, always wanting to shine a light in dark corners, and always with a can-do attitude.”


Shannon Schubert – ABC News

“Shannon’s stories have given a voice to people who have fallen through the cracks… She has worked diligently to report on stories that divided the community, with fairness, accuracy and compassion.”


Rachel Simmonds – Colac Herald

“Rachel is a resourceful and hardworking journalist who has quickly made herself into a vital member of the Colac Herald team. She has seriously impressed in the rural round… and made herself indispensable by taking on responsibility for the news team’s social media and online platforms.”


Madeleine Spencer  – ABC Gippsland

“Madeleine has shown growth in honing her craft as she has transitioned between producing radio in Sale to working as a news reporter in her hometown of Warragul… Her commitment and development throughout this year would make her an excellent candidate… and I would enthusiastically give my endorsement of her.”

Event Details

When: Friday, 30 September 2022, 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

Venue: Housey Housey, 12 Armstrong St North, Ballarat Central VIC 3350


  • Rural Press Club of Victoria members: $115
  • Non-members: $135

Ticket sales are closed.

Further Information

Phone: Bryce Eishold on 0458 588 449