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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

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

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.


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

Spotlight Interview with Jack Ward

What aspects of journalism motivate you the most?


Local Scoop

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

Nine News

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

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

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

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

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.


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

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