Finalists announced for the 2017 Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship for aspiring television journalists

Ten finalists for the 2017 Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship have been selected from universities across Australia and will now compete to win the prestigious placement for aspiring television journalists.

Judges Anita Jacoby, Grant Williams (Nine Network), Jenny Brockie (SBS), Jim Waley, Tom Krause, Marc Fennell (ABC and SBS) and Tom Whitty (The Project) had the difficult task of choosing finalists from a field of entrants who demonstrated a high standard of quality, intelligence and sophistication in their content and presentation.

Finalists for the 2017 Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship include:

  • Lydia Bilton, The University of Sydney
  • Swetha Das, The University of Sydney
  • Lucy Dean, University of Wollongong
  • Amelia Dunn, University of Queensland
  • Sayeda Gillani, Queensland University of Technology
  • Georgia McCarthy, Charles Sturt University
  • Megan Morris, Deutsche Welle
  • Erin Ramsay, University of Wollongong
  • Elliana Saltalamacchia, Monash University
  • Josh Teakle, University of South Australia

This scholarship was established with the generous support of journalist and producer Anita Jacoby, to honour the memory of her father Phillip Jacoby — a pioneer in the Australian electronics and broadcast technology industry.

Final-year journalism students and recent graduates with a passion for broadcast journalism were encouraged to apply for the 12-week paid internship.

The recipient will spend eight weeks at the Nine Network in Sydney and four weeks at The Walkley Foundation for Journalism, and participate in one TV production course through the open program at the Australian Film TV & Radio School (AFTRS).

The winner will also be mentored by senior journalist members of The Walkley Advisory Board and throughout the placement work with and learn from some of Australia’s leading news and current affairs journalists and producers.

The scholarship is open to students aged 26 years and under enrolled in journalism or communication studies at an Australian university.

The winner will be announced at the Walkley Mid-Year Celebration in Sydney on July 26, 2017.

The Walkley Foundation thanks Anita Jacoby for her support in creating this opportunity for students.