The Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship

Congratulations to Lydia Bilton, winner of the 2017 Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship!
Lydia (@lydiabilton) was born and raised in Moree, a small town in northwest NSW. She discovered her passion for journalism at age five, after being featured in an ABC radio story about the Moree hot springs. Lydia is currently in her final year at The University of Sydney, majoring in sociology. Throughout her studies, she has gained experience with media organisations including the ABC, Mamamia, News Corp and most recently The Bangkok Post in Thailand. Lydia endeavours to pursue her future career in journalism with rigour, humility and an enthusiasm for telling local stories.

See also
Full announcement of mid-year award winners
Shortlist finalists
Longlist finalists.

About the scholarship

University students and recent graduates aged 26 years or under with big dreams of carving out a career in the competitive television industry: This is the opportunity of a lifetime.

Over 12 weeks, the Jacoby-Walkley scholarship winner develops knowledge, understanding and experience of the media industry with a range of top media organisations, including:

  • An eight-week placement at the Nine Network in Sydney, including four weeks at60 Minutes,two weeks in the Nine newsroom and two weeks split between A Current Affair and Today.
  • A four-week placement at the Walkley Foundation, in the lead up to the 62nd Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism.
  • Participation in one TV production course through the open program at the Australian Film TV & Radio School (AFTRS)
  • Mentoring from senior journalist members of the Walkley Advisory Board

The successful applicant receives a stipend over the twelve weeks of the scholarship.

The 2017 internship will run from Sept. 4 through Nov. 24. Please note the internship is a full-time (Mon-Fri) commitment.

If you have questions about the scholarship please contact Lauren Dixon at

Past winners (and where they are now)

Taylor Denny (2016 winner): is back in Australia after interning with Al Jazeera in Jakarta and is now producing videos for The Australian.

Annalise Bolt (2015 winner): After finishing her scholarship Annalise Bolt made the move from Sydney and is nowa Producer at Nine News Perth.

Kirrily Schwarz (2014 joint winner): Kirrily Schwarz was a travel reporter with, responsible for writing and producing click-worthy content, generating traffic and starting conversations. She has now moved move into a new role and is responsible for producing the high-rating Rush Hour column, which is a wrap of all the stories people should know on their way to work.

Megan Stafford (2014 joint winner): Megan Stafford is currently lettering her adventurous side run free and is travelling the globe!

Will Mumford (2013 winner): Will Mumford is a multimedia reporter and producer who joined SBS World News in 2015 as a cadet before being employed as a cross-platform journalist. His work has also been broadcast and published at, The Feed, The Conversation, The Sydney Morning Herald and other media outlets. Will joined Dateline in 2016 as an online producer.

Established in 2013 with support from senior TV Producer Anita Jacoby to recognise the legacy of her father Phillip Jacoby – a pioneer in the Australian electronics and broadcast industry – this paid internship offers applicants the chance to work with atv accessories and learn from some of Australia’s leading news and current affairs journalists and producers.