Philanthropy and journalism combine to advance First Nations reporting

Fri, 3 Feb 2023

The Snow Foundation will support a new Indigenous Affairs desk at Australian Associated Press (AAP) in an exciting new initiative.

CEO of AAP Lisa Davies said that the partnership was an important step for the not-for-profit organisation, Australia’s only independent national newswire.

“We are delighted the Snow Foundation is supporting AAP’s Indigenous Affairs desk, which we see becoming a crucial part of our newsroom in 2023. The desk will explore issues affecting First Nations people, highlight challenges, exalt successes and recount cultural stories to inspire and engage.”

AAP is currently recruiting for both a senior and junior reporter to staff the desk.

“We want to build a pipeline of well-trained, objective First Nations print journalists from which the whole media industry can benefit,” Lisa said.

“The Snow Foundation has had a long-term commitment to supporting First Nations people, specifically in the areas of scabies and rheumatic heart disease,” said Georgina Byron AM, CEO of The Snow Foundation. 

“This year is significant for our country with a forthcoming referendum on constitutional recognition of First Nations people,” Georgina said.  “It’s really important for the country to hear more from Indigenous voices all across Australia.”

“We are thrilled to support this desk and AAP knowing their commitment to fair, factual and unbiased reporting as well as their strong reach to regional and remote communities.”

AAP has been providing Australia with factual, unbiased news for close to 90 years. When it faced closure in 2020, it was saved by philanthropic supporters and is now an independent, not-for-profit organisation with DGR status.

AAP would welcome philanthropic support from other partners for the Indigenous desk.

The job opportunity details can be found at or by emailing [email protected]