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(AUSTRALIA) META/GOOGLE DEAL REPORT: The ABC has announced plans to hire more than 50 journalists to report from over 20 regional locations, following deals it struck #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.04: More remote locations will also see ABC journalists embedded there for a shorter period of time.

#AceDailyNews says the new jobs will be spread across all states and the Northern Territory, with the positions expected to be filled by early 2022: Larger regional patches will get more support, in areas such as Horsham, Burnie, Dubbo, Wagga Wagga, Katherine, Esperance, Karratha, Longreach and Toowoomba: An agreement was signed with Facebook this week following an agreement with Google last month.

Meg Bolton rural reporter
ABC journalist Meg Bolton reporting for ABC Capricornia. (Supplied: Meg Bolton)

As part of the announcement, several new national specialist rounds will be added to the ABC’s regional team, covering water, mining, social affairs and health.ABC funding injectionManaging director David Anderson says the cash injection will allow bureaus to deliver more local content across platforms.

Smaller bureaus will be trialled in Warragul, Batemans Bay, Carnarvon, Hervey Bay and Charleville, while individual journalists will be stationed in Swan Hill, Whyalla, Victor Harbor, Northam and Gladstone.

ABC managing director David Anderson said the additional reporters would be placed in areas that had previously been  “news deserts”.

“We want to provide greater coverage of regional stories in areas that are under-served by the media,” he said.

“Extra regional services are a great way to start 2022, our 90th year, and this announcement is fitting given the ABC’s relationship with rural and regional Australia over those nine decades.”

A reporter interviewing a baby horse.
ABC journalist Melanie Groves interviews a stubborn foal in Clermont. (ABC Rural )

The ABC entered into commercial negotiations with the digital platforms after the News Media Bargaining Code came into effect in February,  

Revenue from both will go towards increasing the ABC’s investment in regional and rural journalism across Australia.

#AceNewsDesk report ……………Published: Dec.04: 2021:

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