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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Looking for a great local media job? Region Media is hiring in the Riverina
Are you a journalist who likes a challenge? Are you keenly focused on local news, local people and the stories that matter to your community? Region Media is looking for staff as we grow our regional operation and launch our new platform in Wagga Wagga. We're looking for journalists who are self-starters and can rise to a challenge. We want...
Summernats is back for 2022, as engines start for a new fringe festival event
It's a blazing hot day and the engines are revving on Lonsdale St. Summernats is back for 2022, with the heartfelt support of the ACT Government, but not quite as you knew it decades ago. The 34th Summernats on 6 to 9 January will feature a 500-car cruise down Northbourne Avenue that will briefly shut down light rail as a...
Trevor Kennedy remembered as an astute investor, canny businessman and generous donor
Trevor Kennedy's business career was often a wild ride, encompassing the buccaneering days of Kerry Packer's Australian Consolidated Press empire at its height. But the businessman, who died this week at the age of 79, is also being remembered as a spectacularly generous donor to the National Museum of Australia, and being the co-creator – with his wife, Christina – of Horse...
Local cookbooks are a recipe for family, food and friendship
Food & Wine
I'm standing on a chair in my kitchen, looking for the Cootamundra Bulldogs Rugby League Ladies Auxiliary cookbook and its slice recipes. No luck there, but it's OK; I've dug out Entertaining with the Country Club, 1957-82. There are more slice recipes than you could poke a stick at, plenty of ideas for the fete, and in the general section,...
Barilaro tells ICAC Daryl Maguire was ‘a pain in the arse’ on project funding demands
Former Member for Monaro and deputy premier John Barilaro has given evidence to the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) describing the decision to allocate funding for a widely panned Wagga Wagga shooting range as "deeply unusual". Mr Barilaro was giving evidence to ICAC about a $5.5 million grant to the Australian Clay Target Association (ACTA), which was funded in 2017 when...
Nimmity’s bell will open at last, a sign of hope for the tiny Monaro community
It's been a long and winding road for the Nimmity Bell, beset with every kind of disaster from a freak accident to a global pandemic, but Monaro locals hope to finally declare their bell "open" just after it rings at midday on October 23. The Nimmitabel Lions Club hatched the idea after decades of struggle for the village when the...
Man vs magpie at Murrumbateman, where it’s war in the vineyard
It's man vs bird. And while a shaky truce is holding (just) at Murrumbateman, Ravensworth winemaker Bryan Martin has more on his mind that just the grapes when he steps outside his door these days. Plenty of people are swooped by anonymous magpie warriors across the city, but it's rarer to have a personal relationship with a bird who is...
Recipes for success: what’s tried, tested and true on your kitchen bookshelf?
Do you have a cookbook shelf in your kitchen? What's the most stained, dog-eared volume you own? It's a fair bet that a Women's Weekly publication features somewhere, from the well-loved cakes and biscuits tome to the revered birthday cake book. And unlike pretty much anything else in your house except small children, the degree of grubbiness is a good...
Can Voices for Australia be a voice for political change in the Capital region?
Complaining about politicians is a favourite Australian pastime, but despite compulsory attendance on Election Day, very few of us are motivated to do anything further. Amid a plethora of safe regional seats, Indi in northeastern Victoria broke the mould in 2013 when sitting Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella lost out to independent Cathy McGowan after the first Voices for Indi campaign....
Red Cross says 93 per cent of bushfire donations have now been spent on victims
Eighteen months on from the region's catastrophic Black Summer, the Australian Red Cross says more than 93 per cent of donations from the public have now been spent directly on bushfire needs. The Red Cross has released its Australian Bushfires Report this week, detailing the spend which included direct grants to 6085 people across 46 local government areas. It follows three,...
Taliban 2.0 claims on women’s rights are ‘nonsense’ says prominent Canberra activist
Prominent Canberra journalist and academic Virginia Haussegger AM, who has filmed in Afghanistan, is blunt in her assessment of the Taliban's promise that women's rights will be respected under their rule. "I don't buy that at all," she tells Region Media. "We're hearing stories already of women receiving death threats and we know they have been on Taliban target lists for...
National Photographic Prize marks a tumultuous year with humanity and grace
Arts & Culture
In its 14th year, the National Photographic Portrait Prize had a lot of challenges to overcome. Disasters and plagues of all kinds cast a pall over the "rich tableaux of humanity, a reflection of the year that was", according to National Portrait Gallery director Karen Quinlan, who judged the prize with National Gallery director Nick Mitzevitch and photographer Bill Henson....
National Folk Festival Fellowship has funding for the folk community’s big ideas
Arts & Culture
Musicians, dancers, poets, performance artists and collectors everywhere - the National Folk Festival is calling you. Applications for the 2022 National Folk Fellowship Program, run in partnership with the National Library of Australia, have been extended until August 16, supporting folk practitioners to develop a project based on the National Library's extensive folklore collections. The Folk Festival's artistic director Katie Noonan...
Council elections postponed across NSW for three months
For the second time, local government elections will be postponed across NSW for three months as the state grapples with a deepening COVID-19 crisis. After being postponed last year, the elections were set down for 4 September but have now been delayed until 4 December, affecting more than five million voters in 128 local councils. The order, made under Section...
BEST OF 2021: The writing box: a rural tale of love, letters and a mislaid fiancee
Year in Review: Region Media is revisiting some of the best Opinion articles of 2021. Here’s what got you talking, got you angry and got you thinking in 2021. Today, Genevieve Jacobs unpacks the history contained in her grandmother's writing box. Sitting in the sunlight on my kitchen table, a pretty old wooden box is showing its age. The leather...
Is the new COVID-19 ad campaign hitting the mark?
A COVID-19 public health campaign spearheaded by Canberra Hospital's Dr Nick Coatsworth has been superseded by a new advertising blitz, urging Australians to get the jab. But one marketing expert has raised concerns that the new Arm Yourself campaign - which urges Australians to "arm yourself", "your family", "your friends", "your workmates", "your community" -  is sending the wrong message,...