The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney has awarded its 2013 media fellowship, in partnership with the World Press Institute, to Carson Scott from the SKY NEWS Business Channel.

Carson was selected from a strong field of early to mid career Australian journalists to travel to the United States in August this year where he will join nine other international World Press Fellows for two months of immersion in US politics, business, culture and media.

“In an era of global media, the 24-hour news cycle and convergence of media platforms, having an international perspective is becoming a prerequisite for the best journalism and editorial practice”, said the Centre’s Chief Executive, Professor Bates Gill.

“Carson Scott is already very talented in his field and the fellowship will provide an invaluable opportunity for him to further enrich his understanding of American institutions and culture, while meeting and working alongside journalists from around the globe. We are happy to support this fellowship as it helps us reach our goal of deepening understanding of the United States in Australia."

Carson began his media career in New Zealand as a columnist for a local newspaper before winning a Reader's Digest Investigative Journalism award. He spent almost five years in London working in print and television and then moved to Moscow where he anchored business coverage on the global 24/7 news channel Russia Today. Carson has been with SKY NEWS Business in Sydney since its launch in 2008. He holds a graduate diploma in journalism, degrees in arts and law and was admitted to the Bar in 2001.

The fellowship based at the World Press Institute in Minneapolis-St Paul, Minnesota, will see Carson travel to Washington DC, New York and other major US cities as part of a program of study, travel and interviews.

This is the third year that the United States Studies Centre World Press Institute Fellowship has been awarded. Last year’s recipient was David King from The Australian newspaper and in 2011 it went to the ABC’s Siobhan Heanue.

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