22 October, 2021
The Gilgandra Weekly has welcomed Natasha into the office.
Hello! I’m Natasha May, the reporter for Guardian Australia’s newly-launched rural network. This initiative aims to an initiative to increase coverage of rural issues and is funded by the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation.
I’ll be based in Gilgandra for the next year, where I’ll be reporting for the Gilgandra Weekly one day a week and for the Guardian the other four days.
I’m 24 years old and from Sydney, but I have roots in the area, as my father’s family is from nearby Gulgong.
I’m fascinated by storytelling, which led me to study a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and then complete a Graduate Diploma in Journalism at the University of Technology Sydney, to pursue a career in journalism.
I’d previously worked as an intern with Guardian Australia, as well as a reporter for an independent investigative media outlet, Michael West Media.
This is my first full time role in journalism, and I feel really honoured to be the inaugural reporter for this project.
Since beginning this role in September, I’ve covered news on a range of topics affecting rural and regional communities, from agriculture and health to infrastructure and digital connectivity.
Now that I’ve moved to the regions, I am so excited to get stuck into some good old fashioned shoe leather journalism, seeing and speaking in person with those whose experiences I am reporting on - in Gilgandra as well as the surrounding region.
On my days off I’m looking forward to discovering the area - both new places as well as revisiting spots like Dubbo Zoo and stargazing in the Warrumbungles. I look forward to getting to know more locals and hearing your stories!