Secondary Student Becomes Town’s Solo Reporter

Secondary student Jack Ward’s news podcast has become the only source of news for his town after the closure of the local newspaper. When Jack started the podcast at the beginning of the year it was a ‘passion’ but has become the only news reporting platform in Ararat.

“[I’m] keeping locals informed, which is increasingly important after what’s happened this week and locally in our news landscape,” Jack said.

State member for Ripon Louise Staley stated, “He does a great job — I’m a big fan of Jack, very big fan.”

The change happened after Australian Community Media suspended the publication of its non-daily newspapers until at least June. The podcast is called “Ararat’s Latest” and is available on all popular streaming platforms.

Read the full original article by the ABC HERE.
Photo Credit: As shown by ABC from Jack Ward.