Aisha Dow is a young Australian multimedia journalist based in Albury-Wodonga, twin cities on the border of Victoria and New South Wales. She reports for award-winning daily newspaper The Border Mail and also files stories and online updates for major Fairfax mastheads, including The Age. She has recently been named Young Journalist of the Year at the prestigious Melbourne Press Quill Awards for a portfolio of stories including reports exposing a deadly black-market trade of prescription patch fentanyl.
Aisha’s willingness to venture outside major metropolises have given her opportunities to report on stories that cover full gamut of the Australian experience, in a place where sometimes kangaroos are found hopping down the main streetand bushfires and floods ravage the countryside.
After graduating university in Adelaide with a double degree in international studies and journalism, Aisha got her start as a cadet journalist and photographer at The Transcontinental, a weekly paper in the desert town of Port Augusta.
Within the space of a year and a half she rose from cadet, to senior journalist and then editor of The Transcontinental and another weekly paper based in the remote mining town of Roxby Downs, The Roxby Downs Sun. During that time she was nominated as a finalist for three 2011 South Australian media awards. Her explosive stories shedding light on a long-running saga of bullying and understaffing at the Port Augusta Hospital earned her a nomination for best print news report, the only young or regional journalist to make this category.
Among Aisha’s biggest strengths are her versatility and enthusiasm to learn and challenge herself. With a notepad, pen and the art of shorthand she happily navigates journalistic past times of court and rounds reporting while delving into stories that demand you look back into the past. And as the media world speedily evolves, she is constantly gathering new skills for new ways of telling stories. Smart phone in hand, she produces rolling online coverage of breaking news events and video packages that tell a thousand words.
On this website you can find a selection of her best work and keep up to date with her latest projects.