Walkley Program on Innovation in Journalism

The Walkley Foundation Innovation Fund and grant program

The cornerstone of the Walkley Foundation’s Innovation Program is an annual funding round and training program to support innovative projects and new or very early stage media ventures. It has been offered annually since 2013 for innovative projects that will benefit Australian journalism, with the support of Google Australia. 

The 2017 round will open for applications in March, 2017. Sign up to receive updates here.

The Fund is open to supporting a broad range of ideas across the news, media and civic engagement industries. We’re fairly open-minded about what these projects could be but are interested in supporting anything that enables journalism, and especially empowering journalism to fulfill its critical role in democracy of speaking truth to power, and helping create and sustain engaged and informed public.

The 2016 winners have been announced.


Editors Lab: Hack the news

This year we partnered with the Global Editors Network to host Australia’s first Editors Lab, an event in which journalists, designers and developers at Australia’s best newsrooms collaborated to hack new ways to dig up or tell data-driven stories. The winners of this March 2016 hackathon were the team from The West Australian — they represented Australia at the international Editors Lab final in Vienna in June 2016.



Future Fridays

Since 2014 we’ve hosted a series of Friday-afternoon trainings and lectures at our office in Sydney to help journalists skill up and meet other innovation-minded people. We held recent meetups in Perth (virtual reality), Brisbane (web scraping) and Sydney (Internet of Things).

Partner with us

We’re always looking for new partners from the worlds of journalism, business and non-profits who can help transform journalism. Read more about working with us or email the Walkleys’ Innovation manager, Rose Powell or via Twitter.

Innovation Program partners