The Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship

Applications for the 2019 Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship open on March 11, 2019.

Congratulations to the joint winners of the 2018 Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship:

Benjamin Ansell, The University of Melbourne

Amber Schultz, Monash University

2018 Jacoby Walkley scholarship winners

See the full announcement of the mid-year award winners here.

View all the 2018 finalists here.

2018 Judges: Jenny Brockie, Ross Coulthart, Dan Ilic, Anita Jacoby, Tom Krause, Hamish Macdonald and Alex Needs

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.

Established in 2013 with support from media executive and award-winning 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 learn from some of Australia’s leading news and current affairs journalists and producers.

The prize

Over 14 weeks, the Jacoby-Walkley scholarship winner develops knowledge, understanding and experience of the media industry with a range of top media organisations. This includes:

  • A ten-week placement at the Nine Network in Sydney, including four weeks at 60 Minutes, two weeks in the Nine newsroom, two weeks at and two weeks split between A Current Affair and Today
  • A four-week placement at the Walkley Foundation, in the lead up to (and including) the 63rd Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism
  • Mentoring from senior journalist members of the Walkley Advisory Board
  • A place in an AFTRS TV Unit course programmed by AFTRS Open

The successful applicant receives a stipend over the fourteen weeks of the scholarship. The 2018 internship will run from 20 August 2018 through to 22 November 2018. Please note the internship is a full-time (Mon-Fri) commitment.

Application fee

There is no entry fee to the Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship.

Selection criteria

Selection criteria includes the following:

  • A demonstrated passion for TV journalism
  • An excellent academic record
  • Written and spoken proficiency in English
  • Excellent presentation, research and writing skills
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with Microsoft Office and G Suite
  • The ability to work in a busy environment
  • Work experience or contribution to wider community projects will be viewed favourably

Find the full selection criteria here.

Submission material

You will need the following items to complete your online application:

  • 1 x copy of you academic transcript
  • 1 x copy of your current CV
  • 3 x examples of your best work

In the form, you will also be asked questions about why you are applying and what you hope to receive from this opportunity. Don’t panic though – you can save your progress as you go along, and can return to the application form if you need more time.

Terms and conditions

Applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia aged 26 years or under.

They must also either be enrolled in journalism, or communications studies at an Australian university that offers internships as an accredited subject or degree requirement. Recent graduates may also apply.

Shortlisted applicants must be available to be interviewed in person by the judging panel in the week commencing June 11, 2018. The applicant must also be available to undertake the 12-week scholarship in Sydney from September to November in the application year.

Full Terms and Conditions

If you have any further questions, please contact Lauren Dixon at or on (02) 9158 3820.

Past winners (and where they are now)

Lydia Bilton (2017 winner): 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 local swimming pool. 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. Follow her on Twitter @lydiabilton.

See also 
2017 shortlist finalists
2017 longlist finalists

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): made the move from Sydney after completing her internship, and is now a Producer at Nine News Perth.

Kirrily Schwarz (2014 joint winner): was a travel reporter with, responsible for writing and producing click-worthy content, generating traffic and starting conversations. She has now moved into a new role at News Corp Australia 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): is currently letting her adventurous side run free and is travelling the globe!

Will Mumford (2013 winner): 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.