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Jessica Cortis (@jess_cortis) is a student completing a Bachelor of Communications (Dean’s Scholar) at Western Sydney University.

She is in the second year of her degree and has already completed internships with News Local and the Nepali Times where she covered local community stories as well as international issues.

She was recently nominated as a finalist for the 2017 ‘Australian student journalist of the year’ awards, hosted by the Walkley Foundation.

In 2016, Jessica travelled to Nepal where she reported on earthquake recovery efforts and uncovered the issue of Nepalese students overstaying their visas in Australia. More recently, Jessica exposed the story of an Australian charity that became the victim of an illegitimate orphanage scandal and continues to follow the issue of modern slavery.

Her HSC thesis on the influence of communication technologies has been published in the NSW State Library.

Jessica has experimented with producing video stories which have also been published by the Nepali Times and warms to the idea of telling stories through audio and vision.

She is hoping to pursue a career in broadcast journalism.

You can reach her on Twitter and Linked In.