Inaugural Citizen Cadet appointed

Kate Stanton is The Citizen's inaugural cadet.

The annual cadetship has been designed to give Master of Journalism students a paid opportunity to write stories for the publication.

Kate Stanton "I'm very excited to have received this cadetship," Ms Stanton said.

"It's a vote of confidence in the work I've been doing as a student. I want to explore my interest in hard news and I'll also be creating lots of multimedia pieces."

Ms Stanton has hit the ground running, penning a story on an 87 year-old PhD student and a reflective piece exploring her decision to elope, which was co-published with Fairfax's Sunday Life magazine.

She has also produced a video story on the ripple effect of childhood illness on families.

"Kate's a very talented young journalist," The Citizen's editor Simon Mann said.

"This will be a terrific opportunity for her to build on the substantial body of work that she has produced in the Master of Journalism."

"Simon's quite a collaborative editor," Ms Stanton said.

"He let's me spend time seeking out new angles and will then nudge me in the right direction."

The cadetship is funded through a generous gift from the Schiavon Trust, established in the memory of the late May and Romeo Schiavon.

"This opportunity is something to which our students can aspire, cementing further links between the degree and the Centre for Advancing Journalism's online publication The Citizen," Mr Mann said.

Ms Stanton is clearly passionate about the role journalism plays in society.

"It's sometimes easy to forget that journalism is a vitally important part of our community," she said.

"It's really cool to see people supporting emerging journalists."


Read Kate Stanton's portfolio of work on The Citizen.