The Walkley Foundation and Nine News are calling for bright final-year university students and recent graduates aged 26 or under to apply for a 14-week scholarship with stipend. Now in its seventh year, the Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship is targeted at young storytellers with a passion for broadcast journalism and dreams of carving out a career in the industry.
Learning from top journalists, the successful applicant will spend time at Nine News Television newsrooms in Sydney, including at 60 Minutes, Nine News, A Current Affair, Today and 9news.com.au.
Established in 2013 by award-winning producer Anita Jacoby, the scholarship recognises the legacy of her father, Phillip Jacoby, a pioneer in the Australian electronics and broadcast industries.
“I’m delighted to see how the Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship has gone from strength to strength since it was established in 2013,” said Ms Jacoby. “At least 12 finalists now have full-time jobs and are on their way to forging successful careers in the broadcast industry.”
Walkley Foundation chief executive Louisa Graham, who also serves on the board of Media Diversity Australia, said she was hoping to see a diverse range of applicants.
“Providing paid opportunities to learn within the industry, make contacts and build skills in a newsroom environment is one great way to make sure young people from a wide range of backgrounds have a chance to make it onto our screens,” Ms Graham said.
Nine’s Director of Partnerships and Strategy – News & Current Affairs, Alexander Needs, said: “Nine News is excited to again partner with Anita Jacoby and the Walkley Foundation on this scholarship.The future of journalism is one we are all committed to, and giving the next generation their start in the industry is something we’re very passionate about.”
The successful applicant receives a stipend for the 14 weeks of the scholarship, during which they will receive:
- A 10-week placement in the Nine Network’s News & Current Affairs department in Sydney (including in the newsroom and at 60 Minutes, A Current Affair, Today and 9News.com.au)
- A four-week placement at the Walkley Foundation, in the lead up to the Walkley Awards
- A $1,000 course gift voucher towards participation in an AFTRS short course at the Australian Film Television and Radio School
Where are they now? Past Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship winners:
- Amber Schultz (2018 joint winner) is an associate producer at 9 News Sydney
- Benjamin Ansell (2018 joint winner) is a journalist for 9news.com.au (Melbourne)
- Lydia Bilton (2017 winner) is an associate producer at 9 News Sydney
- Taylor Denny (2016 winner) is a video producer for Ten Daily
- Annalise Bolt (2015 winner) is an associate producer at 9 News Sydney
- Kirrily Schwarz (2014 joint winner) is commercial content editor for News Corp Australia
- Megan Stafford (2014 joint winner) is working in communications
- Will Mumford (2013 winner) is a digital producer and reporter for SBS Dateline
As well as previous winners securing positions in their chosen field of journalism, a number of shortlisted applicants have also been offered invaluable opportunities throughout the industry including roles at A Current Affair (Nine), Nine News (Sydney/Gold Coast) and Insight (SBS).
Entries close on Friday April 26.
Contact for entry enquiries:
- Lauren Dixon, awards manager, The Walkley Foundation +61 2 9333 0913 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Contacts for media enquiries:
- Clare Fletcher, communications & editorial, The Walkley Foundation, +61432 616 810 / email@example.com
- Kym Druitt, +61 2 9331 6367 / +61 418 272 018 / firstname.lastname@example.org
The Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship is proudly supported by: