Scholarships Criteria & Judging


  • Applications for the 2018 Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship will be open from Monday March 12, 2018 through to Thursday April 26, 2018.
  • Applications will be considered by a selection panel comprised of senior journalists and the Walkley Foundation
  • Shortlisted finalists will be announced in May 2018
  • Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by judging panel (preferably in person) in the week commencing June 11, 2018. This date may change depending on availability.
  • The successful candidate will be notified and receive an offer on that day.
  • The offer must be accepted before the scholarship can be announced
  • The successful applicant will be announced at the Walkley Mid-Year Awards Celebration on July 18 in Sydney.


  • Applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia
  • Applicants must be aged 26 years and under at the time of application
  • Applicants must either be enrolled in journalism or communications studies at an Australian university offering internships as an accredited subject or degree requirement
  • Recent journalism or communication graduates who do not receive the majority of their income from journalism may also apply as long as they are under the age of 26
  • Undergraduate or postgraduate students will be eligible
  • 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
  • Shortlisted applicants must be available to be interviewed in person by the judging panel in the week commencing June 11, 2018.
  • The applicant must be available to undertake the 12-week scholarship in Sydney from September to November in the application year


May include but will not be limited to the following:

Nine Network (eight weeks)

  • Internship at Nine News in the Sydney newsroom, conducting research and assisting in the production of news stories – 2 weeks
  • Internships at A Current Affair  and Today Show researching and working alongside producers, crews and editors in the production of a stories – 2 weeks
  • Internship at 60 Minutes including researching and working alongside a producer/crew/editor in the production of a story/ies – 4 weeks

 The Walkley Foundation (four weeks)

  • Assisting with Walkley Awards event production
  • Assisting at the Walkley Award finalist announcements in Sydney
  • Walkley Awards broadcast pre-production, including research and sourcing vision
  • Editorial and production assistance on winners booklet for the Walkley Awards.
  • Marketing and publicity
  • Attendance at the 2018 Walkley Awards Gala Dinner


  • Participation in at least one TV production course through the open program at the Australian Film TV & Radio School (AFTRS)

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