PUSHING the important issues of regional and rural Australia is Alison Francis' goal after completing her Bachelor of Journalism and Communications at the University of Queensland.
She has already started on this goal by winning the JB Fairfax Award for Rural Journalism.
The award aims to encourage rural journalism students to return to regional areas.
Miss Francis said growing up on a cattle property just outside of Monto was the catalyst for her love of rural and regional Australia.
"It was both this love of 'the bush' and my passion toward my degree that led me to enter the JB Fairfax Award for Rural Journalism," she said.
The award included a scholarship of up to $10,000 and practical work experience at The Queensland Country Life and the media centre at the 2012 Sydney Royal Easter Show.
"My experience at the show was fantastic, serving as a further encouragement for me both in terms of my studies and my determination to work in rural industries," Ms Francis said.
"I think agriculture is a huge part of our national heritage, but is an industry that modern society; particularly young people are slowly becoming detached from.
"I plan to use my degree in journalism as a way to bridge this growing rural urban divide."