Jessica Cortis (@jess_cortis) is a student completing a Bachelor of Communications (Dean’s Scholar) at Western Sydney University.
She has already completed internships with News Local, The Nepali Times, Seven News and the Walkley Foundation where she covered local community stories as well as international issues.
She was nominated as a finalist for the 2017 Australian Student Journalist of the year award, hosted by the Walkley Foundation.
More recently, Jessica attended the 2018 federal budget where she reported from inside Parliament and had access to the Labor caucus.
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 which was highly commended in the prestigious Ossie Awards presented by the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia.
Her HSC thesis on the influence of communication technologies on religious belief systems has been published in the NSW State Library.