Master of Journalism
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Graduate profile: Jack Banister
While still a Master of Journalism student in 2018, Jack Banister was awarded the highest honour in journalism in Australia – a Walkley Award. The Walkley Award for Innovation was awarded to the Guardian Australia team, of which Jack was a part, for the Deaths Inside project investigating Indigenous deaths in custody. At the time, Jack was undertaking an internship with Guardian Australia.
“We tracked every Indigenous death in custody from 2008 to 2018 by going through the records of every coronial inquest from that period,” he explains. “It was ultimately mentioned in the Senate and created a dialogue around the topic, which was incredibly important. It’s amazing to have been able to work on a project with this kind of social impact.”
Jack’s accompanying story on Indigenous suicide in custody also won the John Newfong Prize for Indigenous Affairs reporting.
The opportunities afforded Jack through the course were crucial in preparing him for work as a journalist. “Small class sizes and plenty of opportunity for one on one feedback really helped,” he explains. “I had the opportunity to work closely with a single supervisor in the journalism project program. Martin Flanagan, one of the best sports writers in the world, supervised my work and that was invaluable.”
The Guardian internship opened up career opportunities for Jack, who has since written for the Guardian on a number of topics – mostly sport and Indigenous reporting.
Recently, he travelled to the Torres Strait Islands to meet a group of islanders who are taking the federal government to the UN for climate inaction. “It was amazing to have the opportunity to write a really important story about the climate impacts playing out on those islands.”