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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Vogue exhibition showcases the changing face of Australian women
What's On
If you take the pages of Australia's most venerable fashion magazine, scale up the images (often shot by the world's best photographers) what you get is a series of portraits. But Women in Vogue at the National Portrait Gallery is so much more than a parade of beautiful faces. It's also a 60-year document of how women were perceived and...
The little town with the big heart celebrates 125 years with a long lunch
It's no secret that these are tough times in rural Australia as the prolonged drought bites deep and hard. But on Sunday, locals in the tiny village of Wallendbeen (population 300) on the South West Slopes celebrated 125 years by gathering their community for the kind of big, inclusive family party only the bush can throw. Long tables dressed with...
Crime thrillers make Canberra’s Chris Hammer an Aussie noir star
Too few Australian writers can put "novelist" on their tax return. But former Press Gallery journalist and Canberra author Chris Hammer has proved that crime does pay with the publication of his second novel, Silver. Set in the fictional North Coast town of Port Silver, "the next Byron Bay or Noosa", Silver follows journalist and accidental detective Martin Scarsden, whom...
Daylight saving starts this weekend, don’t get caught out!
While local footy fans will have their alarms, alerts and every timekeeping function on their premises set to kick-off time on Sunday night for the NRL grand final, another vitally important piece of timekeeping happens this weekend. Daylight saving begins at 2 am on Sunday, October 6, and you'll need to turn your clocks one hour forward when you go to bed...
Hall’s historic homesteads come to life in new exhibition
Arts & Culture
Eight historic homesteads, some no longer in existence, tell a story of the past that is still close to the surface around the historic village of Hall in a new exhibition that will open this weekend. A Palette of Pioneer Places at the Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre brings together paintings by watercolourist Isla Patterson with the story of...
Harden author’s focus on city-bush divide up for literary prize
Arts & Culture
Author and journalist Gabrielle Chan has been shortlisted in the Prime Minister's literary awards non-fiction category for her book about Harden Murrumburrah, Rusted Off. Chan, who writes for The Guardian from the Parliamentary Press Gallery and is married to a farmer on the South West Slopes, uses a hyper-local focus on her small community as a prism through which to examine the...
Leading disability advocate felt ‘demeaned and violated’ by Parliamentary security
One of Australia's leading disability advocates has called out security at Parliament House for "demeaning" treatment that she found threatening and intimidating. Christina Ryan has worked at the UN on a number of occasions, flies regularly and is well prepared for the security issues around her large motorised wheelchair. "I take everything out of my bag that I don't absolutely...
Canberra company’s Ebola response lauded with humanitarian service medals
At the height of a rampant Ebola outbreak in 2014, Freetown, Sierra Leone was described by Aspen Medical's Dr John Gerrard as "the worst affected city, in the worst affected country in the worst ever epidemic of the worst disease known". But rather than retreating in horror from a virulent epidemic, medical staff from the Canberra company headed straight towards...
From Warhol to Lichtenstein, NGA brims with bravura art experiments
Arts & Culture
They're a wild riot of colour, energy and form, and they're part of an innovation revolution in art making. But the artworks in From Liechtenstein to Warhol, which opens this week at the National Gallery in Canberra, also tell a story about the Gallery's inspired first director, James Mollison. Forming a national collection in the 1970s, Mollison grasped the value of...
Small, shallow earthquake shock felt at Sutton in early hours
A second modest earthquake has hit the Sutton region in the early hours of the morning, registering 2.o in the Richter scale at around 1:30 am. The earthquake was first recorded at 1.7 magnitude and located at Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve by GeoScience Australia, before the epicentre was placed more accurately at Sutton. GeoScience Australia received around 90 "felt reports"...
Canberra’s magnificent Nolan collection now on permanent display at CMAG
Arts & Culture
He was one of the towering greats of the Australian art world, a household name for a generation, and Canberra has perhaps the most significant collections of his iconic art - but how well do we really know Sidney Nolan? That's the question Canberra Museum and Gallery curator Virginia Rigney asked herself when faced with the task of re-hanging Canberra's...
Pell case renews local calls for Catholic Church transparency and accountability
The chair of Concerned Catholics in the Canberra Goulburn Archdiocese, Emeritus Professor John Warhurst, has renewed his call for greater transparency and accountability in the Church after the Victorian Court of Appeal dismissed Cardinal George Pell's appeal against child sex abuse convictions. And, he says, priests must have the courage to address the issue freely and fairly from their pulpits this...
Building an export business – Yass, Bega, Moruya, & Young workshops
Getting into exports sounds like a big call for many regional businesses. There is no doubt there are challenges, but the potential is huge and next week in Young, Yass, Bega and Moruya there's advice to help your business rise to the opportunities. The Canberra Region Joint Organisation (CRJO), representing eight neighbouring local government areas, says the Capital Region is...
Chasing the truth about the Sydney stabbings: terrorism or clickbait?
This week, a Sydney man caused mayhem in the CBD. Mert Ney is alleged to have murdered one woman and injured another and the story was everywhere. But tuning in to two different news broadcasts on the night, you might have assumed that these were two different stories about different events. Channel Nine reported that Ney had used "extremist slogans"...
Dragon Dreaming organisers say stifling regulations could end smaller festivals
Dragon Dreaming organisers say they're among many smaller festivals whose ongoing existence is threatened by harsh new regulatory requirements. They're asking whether the NSW government's political agenda and entrenched attitudes are more to blame than genuinely heightened risks. The Wee Jasper event has endured ongoing criticism around drug and safety issues. Last year police laid 49 drug-related charges and in 2015,...
Canberra woman Michaela Banerji loses High Court free speech appeal over APS sacking
In a finding with substantial implications for public servants everywhere, Canberra woman Michaela Banerji has lost her appeal against dismissal for anonymously tweeting critical opinions about immigration and border policies. She had been sacked from her job with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship for breaching the public service code of conduct, requiring public servants to be apolitical at all...