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UK Business Journalism Placement: work for 10 days at the FT

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10 day placement offered at the Financial Times' London office for Australian business journalist.

The British High Commissioner to Australia, His Excellency Mr Paul Madden CMG, today announced the fourth UK Business Journalism Placement for Australian journalists, in conjunction with British Airways and the Financial Times.

The Placement gives the successful candidate the opportunity to work out of the offices of the Financial Times in London for 10 days; to research and write stories for an Australian audience. Last year‟s winner, Adam Creighton, Economics Correspondent at The Australian said of his time there:

The placement gave me the rare privilege of being a „foreign correspondent‟ for a fortnight, filing stories about Britain for an Australian audience from the Financial Times offices.

Only a short Tube trip from Westminster and the City, the FT is well located to give journalists excellent access to the leading political, business and cultural figures, and FT journalists are able to help with introductions.

Mr Madden said:

I‟m very pleased to be able once again to support this initiative which helps bring Australia and the UK closer together. David Cameron‟s recent visit before the G20 Summit reminded us how close the links are between our two countries and of the strong economic relationship we have. In 2013, the UK was Australia‟s second most important foreign investment destination as well as the second largest investor in Australia.

Nicole Backo, Regional Commercial Manager for British Airways said:

We are the only European airline to be servicing the Australian market. We have been linking Australian business and leisure travellers with the UK for nearly 80 years, which is why we are proud to be sponsoring the UK business journalism placement for the fourth consecutive year.

We see great merit in the scholarship as it provides a unique opportunity for journalists to further connect Australia and the UK together.

The winner will travel to London Business Class with British Airways, flying in and out of Heathrow‟s award-winning Terminal 5. Australian domestic flights, accommodation and subsistence will be covered by the British High Commission.

Interested applicants are asked to send a one page proposal, endorsed by their editor with stories they would like to write on the Australia-Britain business relationship and send to, together with a CV.

Applications will close at 12 midnight, Sunday 14th December. The successful journalist must travel to the UK and return to Australia prior to 31 March 2015. The British High Commissioner‟s decision on the successful candidate will be final.

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