ABC Regional Storyteller Fellowship Winners Announced

The 2022 ABC Regional Storytelling Fellowship has been awarded to two content creators with disabilities from the NSW region and Queensland.

They are Jessica Horner from Wagga Wagga, NSW and Raven Cook from Cairns, Queensland.

The Fellowship promotes emerging content creators with disabilities who live outside of capital cities, helping them to challenge the perceptions they face within the wider community, as well as breaking down unnecessary barriers. Each year, it attracts nominees from across the country, showcasing their creative ideas and telling their personal stories of what it’s like to live with a disability in a regional community.

ABC Regional and Local Manager Judith Whelan congratulated the winners and said she looked forward to their contributions to the program, now in its fifth year.

“Each year we’ve seen exceptional talent emerge and produce exceptional stories, all of which have resonated with our audience.”

Ms Whelan said the two winners will work with various ABC teams for three months to develop their skills, produce content and gain valuable professional experience.

Jessica Horner said the fellowship provides a unique opportunity to learn and grow in the media space and to do so in a supported and nurturing environment.

“Receiving the Regional Storytelling Fellowship is an exciting opportunity to help create spaces where autistic voices can be heard firsthand,” she said.

“Too often the stories of adults with autism are rendered almost invisible in the media. It is my hope that through this scholarship I can contribute to the process of changing the autistic narrative and contribute to what I hope will become a larger conversation , on the importance of autistic voices being heard and understood more fully in society and in everyday life.”

Raven Cook said he applied for the scholarship because “I want to make a difference in the community.”

“The Regional Storytelling Fellowship will allow me to create an audio series to give people with disabilities a chance to tell their story,” he said.

“I remember the first time someone wanted to hear my story and what an impact it had on me. I want to help people on their journey and make people with disabilities feel valued and heard.

Applications for 2023 will open later in the year. Emerging content creators with disabilities living in regional and rural Australia are encouraged to apply.

Further information can be requested from [email protected].

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