Winners of the Caroline Jones Indigenous Scholarship honour the trailblazing journalist who mentored them

Over 50 years, acclaimed ABC broadcaster Caroline Jones – who died this week at the age of 84 – paved the way for women journalists.

She was the first female reporter on the current affairs show This Day Tonight and the first woman to anchor Four Corners.

Off air, Caroline Jones was a generous mentor to many, including three young women at the start of their journalistic careers who were awarded a scholarship in her name.

The Caroline Jones Scholarship – established in 2019 – offers emerging Indigenous journalists a 12-month cadetship that includes multi-platform training across ABC News and Regional teams.

Those three recipients – Madeline Austin, Bindi Bryce and Bella Tolhurst – were moved to write about the difference Caroline Jones had made to them.

Madeline Austin: The first time I met Caroline Jones, I was more than a year into my extended scholarship.

Although the pandemic disrupted our plans to meet face-to-face, Caroline’s guidance, support and assurance was with me from my very first day working as a cadet journalist.

She was always available with a listening ear, ready to give advice without judgment.

It was part of what made Caroline so incredible.

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