Walkley Journalism Innovation Grants
The cornerstone of the Walkley Foundation Innovation Program is a pool of seed funding, offered annually since 2013 for proposals for innovative projects in journalism, media and storytelling, with the support of Google Australia.
The program launch and applications for the 2017 intake will open before the end of March. You can sign up for updates here.
More than 20 projects were selected to the program longlist and participated in training and project development workshops in Sydney and Melbourne.
The successful applicants were announced in October 2016. Summaries of the winning projects, briefly described below, can be found in the official announcment here.
FiveARM Crisis Journalism Secure Reporting Tool
Nick Chesterfield (West Papua Media)
Reportermate (previously Time Serious)
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Kristofor Lawson and Andrew Moon
Creating a Community Radio Newsroom for the 21st Century
William Martin, Jim Beatson & Susan Forde
Applications will open in early 2017
Quick links for prospective applicants:
- Frequently asked questions
- Preview the questions on the application form, to help yourself prepare
- See the 2015 winners below
Overview of the innovation grants
The Walkley Foundation exists to support and empower journalism through a full program of awards, events and training. As the news industry has been severely disrupted over the last decade or two, seeking out and supporting innovative new ventures and projects has become fundamental to this mission.
In partnership with Google Australia, the Fund runs an annual grants program and is open to funding 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 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.
Eligible recipients include journalists, developers and entrepreneurs — or teams of all three. Mainstream media organisations are not eligible to enter internal projects, but staff working at these organisations can enter independent projects. In previous years we have had finalists from The Guardian, The ABC, Fairfax Media and News Corp but each idea is judged purely on its merits and the team’s ability to execute upon their plans.
Details about the 2017 program will be published before the end of March 2017. You can register for updates here. In 2016 the seed pool was $50,000. Grant amounts are decided by a jury of experts and have ranged in the past from $5,000 to $30,000.
The value of the program goes beyond the award money. In April, we announce a longlist for the awards. These applicants are invited to participate in workshops in two states to further develop their projects and business plans. We announce final decisions on awards in June, and the winners receive mentoring and expert advice. Grant recipients are expected to provide updates on their progress as we are committed to sharing lessons learned by innovators across the industry.
- James Kirby, managing editor of Eureka Report
- Ramin Marzbani, leading technology and internet analyst
- Jacqui Park, CEO of the Walkley Foundation
Innovation Program partners
The Walkley innovation grants are part of our journalism innovation program. 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 just email the Walkleys’ innovation manager Rose Powell or our general manager, Louisa Graham. Our current partners: