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GREAT Journalism Award sends Australian reporter to London

Patrick Commins of the AFR will spend 10 days at the Financial Times, thanks to support from UK Trade & Investment and British Airways.

The GREAT Journalism Award gives Patrick, columnist and deputy markets editor at The Australian Financial Review, the opportunity to spend 10 days working from the Financial Times’ London offices; researching and writing business stories for an Australian audience.

Announcing the award today, Nick McInnes, British Consul General in Sydney and Director General of UK Trade & Investment Australia and New Zealand, noted that in a very high quality field:

Patrick’s application stood out as he demonstrated an excellent understanding of the relationship that exists between the UK and Australia through business, trade and investment. Patrick put forward a broad range of topics that I am sure will provide some very interesting perspectives on the economic relationship between our two countries. I look forward to reading the stories Patrick writes as a result of his time with the Financial Times.

Patrick will fly Business Class to London with British Airways. Nicole Backo, British Airways Regional Commercial Manager for South West Pacific, said:

We are proud to support the GREAT Journalism Award for the fifth consecutive year. As the only European airline to serve Australia we’re also pleased to keep connecting talented Australians like Patrick with London, one of the most progressive and exciting cities in the world for all types of professions and travellers.

Patrick will travel in style in our Club World business class cabin, where he’ll enjoy premium levels of comfort and service, enabling him to arrive refreshed for his placement at the Financial Times and ready to hit the ground running.

The cost of Australian domestic flights, accommodation and subsistence will be covered by UK Trade & Investment.

For further information contact:

Lauren Sfeir

Communications Officer

UK Trade & Investment

02 8247 2220

lauren.sfeir@mobile.ukti.gov.uk