The Terrier punches above its tiny weight

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How life goes: the very day my Mum left this world was the very day I was chosen as one of only 11 journalists to share in a $75,000 Walkley Foundation Grant fund, out of more than 110 applicants from across Australia.

The judging panel was full of my journalism heroes and I am still in a bit of shock.

What does this mean? Well, it means The Terrier has been awarded a grant for an investigativeĀ piece that I am doing this year and it will be published not only on The Terrier, but by the Walkley Foundation: the top journalism outfit in Australia.

I am all over the shop with my emotions right now, but this made me feel absolutely ecstatic and so validated.

I had booked tickets to Sydney for the presentation last Friday night, but unfortunately that was not to be. So later this week I will raise a glass to my Mum’s long life and the growing success of a little thing called The Terrier.

Thankyou to every single one of you who follow, support and read The Terrier for giving it strength.

And thankyou to the Walkley Foundation and the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas for supporting journalism in all kinds of places, including Warrnambool.

I will be back on deck next week.