In the News

27 Oct 2020

Victorian MP Michaela Settle on the importance of regional media

Victorian Labor Member for Buninyong, Michaela Settle, mentions the work of Jack Ward whilst debating the importance of regional media in State Parliament.

Parliament of Victoria

14 Jul 2020

Youth Journalist Jack Ward on giving young people a voice

After his local newspaper shut down earlier this year, Jack was the only journalist for the entire town.

UN Youth Australia

27 May 2020

Jack Ward becomes Ararat's only reporter

Lisa Wilkinson discovers that one town in Victoria is among those finding a new way to keep telling its own stories.

The Project

6 May 2020

Jack Ward named Student Journalist of the Year

More than 165 teens from public and private middle and high schools, colleges and journalism programs were honored, including 2020’s Student Journalist of the Year, Jack Ward in Ararat, Australia.


23 Apr 2020

Rival publisher to fill void after ACM's closure of Ararat Advertiser

Mr Wilson said he was so impressed by Jack's tenacity and passion, he had hired him to work 10 hours a week on the Ararat Advocate.

ABC South West Vic

28 Apr 2019

ABC Ballarat Radio Segment

ABC Ballarat shares AC News' story and journey with their listeners across Western Victoria.

ABC Ballarat

15 Oct 2020

Interview with 17yo journalist Jack Ward

Join Mia and Alexa as they interview 17 year old, Student Journalist of the Year, Jack Ward from Ararat in regional Victoria and chat all things journalism.

Amplify SYN

22 Jul 2020

Spotlight Interview with Jack Ward

What aspects of journalism motivate you the most?


1 May 2020

Local Scoop

Nine News covers the launch of The Ararat Advocate - my first paying job in the journalism industry.

Nine News

30 Apr 2020

The Ararat Advocate fills the void

Nine News Afternoon covers the launch of The Ararat Advocate - my first paying job in the journalism industry.

Nine News

21 Apr 2020

Ararat Advertiser closure leaves reporting to 16yo high-school student Jack Ward

When 16-year-old Jack Ward started his news podcast at the start of this year, it was born out of a passion for bringing people information.

ABC South West Vic

26 Feb 2019

Ararat students on the hunt for news

The school’s news station – AC News – is approaching its two-year anniversary after student Jack Ward founded the program at the beginning of 2017.

The Weekly Advertiser

29 Oct 2020

Teen journalist fills his town’s news gap

17-year-old Jack Ward provides his town with its news via his hyperlocal podcast.


16 Jun 2020

Local news: end of an era?

Ararat journalist, 16-year-old Jack Ward, says communities are 'without voices' when local papers are shut, or moved online.

ABC The Drum

19 May 2020

The demise of local news in Australia

For many local papers, the coronavirus pandemic was the nail in the coffin. Jack Ward speaks about the changing Ararat news landscape.

The Conversation Hour

23 Apr 2020

16-year-old becomes only news source

Sunrise covers Ararat's Latest in their 'Feel Good Friday' segment when I became Ararat's only source of local news.


17 Mar 2020

Young Ararat journalist Jack Ward breaking ground

Ararat College school captain Jack Ward is one of four finalists in an online category of 7News Young Achiever Awards Victoria.

The Weekly Advertiser

27 Apr 2019

Ararat College Newsroom

Meet the year 10 student who started a newsroom in his high school.

ABC Ballarat