About Genevieve Jacobs

Genevieve Jacobs has been a journalist for 30 years, working in print and radio. Her career began with rural newspapers on the South West Slopes, she has freelanced for national magazines and spent a decade with ABC Radio Canberra.

She works with a wide range of organisations including the Tara Costigan Foundation, and Gift of Life ACT, sits on the ACT’s advisory committee for Historic Places and the boards of the National Folk Festival, Canberra International Music Festival, M16 artspace and the Conflict Resolution Service.

Genevieve has an enduring interest in building community, and creating discussions that include us all. And she still loves nothing better than a good yarn.

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Australia’s best cartoonists say 2020 has been an absolute Dog’s Breakfast
Arts & Culture
Two-time political cartoonist of the year Cathy Wilcox reckons you can tell a lot about a country by the state of its cartooning. Accepting an award from the Museum of Australian Democracy as cartoonist of the Year, Wilcox (whose work appears in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age) noted that in some countries, cartoonists are harried, pilloried or even...
There was spectacular drama but no smoking gun on Dismissal day, authors say
Back in the early '70s, junior journalist Paul Kelly had a favourite position between the two chambers in what's now Old Parliament House. Top left-hand corner, beneath the pillars in Kings Hall. He'd linger there, hoping to pick up news about the roiling constitutional crisis that was devouring the Whitlam Government as ever-more frantic messengers scurried back and forth through the...
Shocking revelations about ADF killings point to deeply embedded “toxic culture”
In the wake of revelations that Australian forces were involved in the unauthorised killing of 39 men in Afghanistan, a UNSW Canberra researcher from the Australian Defence Force Academy says that "root and branch reform" is fundamentally necessary to combat toxic cultural issues in the ADF. The Brereton Report, released today, has revealed that 25 ADF personnel were involved in...
Wallendbeen’s rich history recorded in historic photographs
The tiny South West Slopes Village of Wallendbeen has both a big history and a big-hearted historian. Local Marcia Thorburn has just released her second history of the district following the success of The Wallendbeen Story, and says she was inspired by the district's larger than life characters including Donald Mackay, immortalised as the last of the great Australian explorers....
It’s time to leap forward as daylight saving starts this weekend
While many of us are looking forward to the luxury of a long weekend, one vital task awaits you: turn the clocks forward an hour as daylight saving begins. The transition officially happens at 2 am on Sunday, 4 October so turn your clocks one hour forward when you go to bed on Saturday night. Daylight saving runs until 4 April 2021,...
Memorial director hits back at architects’ criticism of demolition plans
Amid growing anger over The Australian War Memorial's plans for a $500 million expansion, the Memorial's director has directly addressed concerns. Matt Anderson has responded to pointed criticism in an open letter to all members of the House of Representatives from the Institute of Architects' 2018-19 national president Clare Cousins. Her criticism centred on the threat to demolish Anzac Hall, calling its destruction wasteful and...
Region Media announces inaugural advisory board appointments
Region Media, publisher of the RiotACT and About Regional news sites, has drawn on some of the most influential players in corporate Australia to be the first appointments to its new advisory board. Region Media has sought out inaugural members with a diverse range of high-level skills to provide strategic advice and help guide the company's growth. The first appointees...
UPDATED: SES orders Moruya CBD evacuation, residents seek higher ground
UPDATE 7:45 pm, August 9: Sandbags are being laid in Ford and Vulcan Street businesses in Moruya as the Moruya River rises to an expected peak of 2.9 metres by around 8:00 pm tonight. Moruya CBD business owners have been told by the SES that they will no longer be able to access any business that is situated to the...
UPDATED: SES warns evacuations may be necessary as Moruya River rises
UPDATE 6:30 pm, August 9: Moruya CBD residents have been advised to evacuate the area as soon as possible and make for higher grounds as the Moruya River continues to rise on the back of heavy rains throughout the catchment. Read more: SES orders Moruya CBD evacuation, residents should seek higher ground UPDATE 2:45 pm, August 9: Moruya residents are...
Kim Treasure joins Region Media’s growing team
Senior regional journalist and editor Kim Treasure is joining Region Media in the role of content director as the media group continues to expand across the NSW South East. Most recently, Kim was Australian Community Media's managing editor for NSW South with responsibility for around 40 mastheads. Her role will be to oversee content and staffing across the RiotACT, About Regional,...
Palace letters reveal Queen was not told about Kerr’s dismissal plans
The long-awaited release of the Palace letters between Governor-General Sir John Kerr and Buckingham Palace, held at the National Archives in Canberra, has revealed that the Queen was not directly informed about Kerr's decision to dismiss Prime Minister Gough Whitlam in November 1975. And depending on how closely you read the very carefully worded responses from Her Majesty's private secretary...
Bega Valley Shire Council seeks help from NSW Auditor-General to review ‘challenging’ finances
Bega Valley Shire Council will ask the NSW Auditor-General to review its financial position and examine what general manager Leanne Barnes says is a "challenging financial position" after an extraordinary meeting to address the situation this week. Council has faced trenchant criticism from some quarters of the community due to its most recent audited financial statements showing a net consolidated deficit...
Deek and his runners take this year’s Indigenous marathon project online
Rob de Castella ran all over the world representing Australia. But Canberra's greatest marathon runner says the work he's doing right now with the Indigenous Marathon Foundation is the most important he's ever done. Not that it's easy in the age of COVID-19: at this time of the year, Deek would usually be on the Gold Coast, training his 16-strong...
What just happened in Eden-Monaro?
It was a curious election count watch on Saturday night (4 July) as the ABC's Antony Green tried to make sense of the results in Eden-Monaro. The Labor vote was down, the Greens vote was down, too, but the ALP's Kristy McBain was clearly winning by a slight, but steady, margin (and has claimed the seat). What was happening? And...
UPDATED: Labor’s McBain claims victory in tight Eden Monaro race
UPDATED 2.30 pm, July 5: Labor's Kristy McBain has claimed victory in Eden Monaro as persistent postal and pre-poll voting trends mean it is almost impossible for the Liberals to win the seat. It's a victory for preference voting and, possibly, contrary minded locals who chose to vote across party lines. The victory also comes with a notable dip in...
The dealmakers: How preferences could decide the Eden-Monaro by-election
Eden-Monaro election races have always been tight. Never more so than in the by-election on Saturday, 4 July, when 14 candidates will line up in a seat held by Labor with a wafer-thin margin. Given that Liberal candidate Fiona Kotvojs came within 1500 votes of taking the seat from well-respected incumbent Mike Kelly in 2019, it's very likely the contest...