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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How do you know if your news is fake? And what are you doing about it?
A piece of completely startling news comes through on your smartphone, or your laptop. You scratch your head and wonder what on earth that is about. Is it even true? Or is it (drumroll, please...) fake news? Most of us know that not everything we read is true, but according to the University of Canberra's News and Media Research Centre, it turns out...
Bald Archy founder Peter Batey dies in car accident
One of the great larrikin characters of the Australian art world and southern NSW, Peter Batey, has died in a car accident according to a statement on his social media. His car is believed to have left the road while travelling home from Cootamundra to Coolac on Friday. Mr Batey was 86. An arts administrator, playwright and festival director, Mr...
Awash in light, Monet’s sunrise sparked an Impressionist revolution
Arts & Culture
Monet's light is shimmering, pellucid, sometimes veiled with mist but always glorious: it's the first thing that strikes you when you walk into the National Gallery's winter exhibition Monet: Impression Sunrise. And the significance of the centrepiece in this exhibition, from which the show takes its name, is that this painting kickstarts Impressionism. It comes early in Monet's career, and...
A wool growing, footy loving legend dies, and the range country mourns Trevor Picker
The high cold country around Bigga breeds special characteristics into its hardy denizens, among them super soft merino wool and resilient, dedicated wool growers. And, quite a crop of talented Rugby League players too. One of the district's greats, superfine woolgrower Trevor Picker, is being mourned by his neighbours and the wider community after his sudden death in a multi-car...
Ash Barty’s regional connections: the Ngarigo woman following Evonne Goolagong’s footsteps
As Australians everywhere celebrated a cool, calm and collected but absolutely thrilling French Open win for Ash Barty on the weekend, many commentators noted that she is the second Aboriginal woman to win a Grand Slam title, following in the footsteps of Evonne Goolagong. But few have realised that the Ipswich raised Barty, in fact, has a connection with southeastern NSW...
Why free, good quality local media matters more than ever in this region
After two decades of tumultuous change in the news industry, local media is arguably more important than ever. Huge financial pressures have forced hundreds of redundancies and changed formats dramatically as traditional mastheads grapple with what the audience wants and how they can pay for their business models. Yesterday, as a result of those pressures, the venerable Canberra Times went behind...
Liberal MP says ACT “cushioned from reality of where people actually make money”
In an extraordinary radio interview, Liberal MP Tim Wilson has claimed that Canberra is "a massive government bureaucracy" that is "cushioned from the reality of where people actually make money and make investments off their private capital". Wilson, the Member for the Victorian seat of Goldstein and the former Human Rights Commissioner, was being interviewed on ABC Radio Melbourne along...
Early snow brings winter’s blast to Goulburn, Tablelands
The earliest snowfall that old-timers can remember has fallen on the Southern Tablelands overnight, closing the Goulburn to Crookwell and Taralga to Laggan roads and filling social media with photographs of cars covered in snow. Light snow also fell in Goulburn. "I don’t think I can remember it ever snowing around May, and I've spent 50 years farming in the...
Intimacy, drama and dinner party passions are dancing at the Q
What's On
A poisonously emotional social gathering filled with jealousy, passion and seething rage sounds like great fodder for the theatre. But when The Dinner Party rolls into the Q Theatre on June 21, don't expect the expletives to fly: the emotions are all in the dance. The Dinner Party is a tense character-driven work, exceptionally well suited to the intimate surrounds...
How to drench a wombat and cure the mange: ACT trial is a success
Common agricultural chemicals, ACT election corflutes and old fashioned determination have combined to successfully combat deadly mange along the Murrumbidgee River at Lanyon, and now volunteers are looking to expand their work to another problem spot for the local wombat population. The successful collaborative trial at Lanyon between ACT Wildlife and Parks and Conservation on treating mange means that a further...
Monaro dieback is a devastating metaphor for climate change
Arts & Culture
A devastating swathe of dead trees across two thousand square kilometres of the Monaro prompted Michelago artist Sammy Hawker's video installation at the Photo Access Gallery, Dieback. And to watch the video is a haunting and sobering experience: ghostly, brittle limbs rise, white and bleached out of the Monaro mist. Lingering shots unfold across a landscape starved of shelter and...
Bob Hawke’s death announced at 89
One of Australia's towering post-war political figures, former PM Bob Hawke has died. Hawke dominated Canberra for much of the 1980's following the "drover's dog" election. He was prime minister from 1983 to 1991. In recent days he had strongly endorsed Labor leader Bill Shorten as prime minister. A statement from his wife, Blanche d'Alpuget said "Today we lost Bob Hawke, a...
Urgent amber alert for missing baby girl in Canberra – FOUND
UPDATE: 10 May, 12 pm - Great news! The missing three-month-old baby girl has been located safe and well. A high level, urgent amber alert has been issued for a missing three-month-old baby girl. ACT Policing is seeking the public’s assistance to locate a three-month-old baby girl and her 26-year-old father Nicholas Watson who were last seen on Tuesday morning (7...
Pumpkins, sunshine and family fun at Collector this Sunday
What's On
For more than a decade, the tiny village of Collector off the Federal Highway has been warming hearts with its autumn Pumpkin Festival. It's on again this Sunday and organisers are gearing up for what's become the most successful community-run event in the region. Tracy Byron from the organising committee says that the festival continues to grow although it's been...
Another twist for regional newspapers, offloaded by Nine in $125m deal
Long-standing newspapers in southern NSW and the ACT once part of the Fairfax stable have a new owner after being sold off in another twist stemming from last year's Nine/Fairfax media merger. Former Domain real estate boss Antony Catalano and Thorney Investments are part of a company that will pay $115m for the Australian Community Media and Printing group, which...
It’s time to vote: here’s how Region Media will cover the election
We finally have a date for the Federal election: the About Regional community and the rest of the nation will be munching their democracy sausages on May 18. As About Regional and its parent company Region Media grow rapidly as a local news masthead, it's a good time to address how we'll deal with the forthcoming election campaign. Our focus will...