REGIONAL REPORTING PROJECT

Long before this summer’s devastating bushfires, 20 UTS Journalism students decided to fan out across NSW to discover how regional communities are living with climate change.

Between January 28 and February 9, they split into four teams and left Sydney on train or coach – bound for the Mid North Coast, South Coast, Central West/Orana and New England regions. 

Over four days they met and interviewed children, farmers, community leaders and more, to find out what it’s like to live with the increasingly constant spectre of drought, bushfires and floods. 

They asked these communities how they were building a sustainable future and how, as trainee journalists, they could help bridge the divide between city and country climate reporting.

The students were welcomed into homes and workplaces with open arms. They heard stories of struggle, resilience and hope, and of how communities are actively searching for solutions to global warming. These are some of those stories.

*The Regional Reporting Project has been made possible by the philanthropic support of Mike Cannon-Brookes, CEO of Atlassian.

 Forster-Tuncurry (Photo: Mark Kriedemann)

OUR TEAM

REPORTERS: Melanie Wong, Alex Turner-Cohen, Emily Kowal, Soofia Tariq, Mark Kriedemann, Hanchi Nguyen, Lanie Tindale, Kate Atkinson, Isabella Garrido, Henry McGilchrist, Matthew Kruzmetra, Daniella Scotti, Bevin Liu, William Owens, Madeleine Achenza, Kirsten Jelinek, Rhiannon Soliman-Marron, Lauren Klugt, Travis Radford and Sidney Boen.

PROJECT COORDINATORS: Sue Stephenson, Dr Helen Vatsikopolous, Dr Chrisanthi Giotis and Professor Monica Attard.

REGIONAL PARTNERS: The Manning River Times (Taree), The Great Lakes Advocate (Forster-Tuncurry), Bega District News (Bega), The Daily Liberal (Dubbo), Dubbo Photo News, The Western Magazine, DCFM 88.9 (Dubbo), The Northern Daily Leader, The Quirindi Advocate and 2SER.

*The Regional Reporting Project has been made possible by the philanthropic support of Mike Cannon-Brookes, CEO of Atlassian.