The Walkley Mentorship Program aims to support journalists by providing an opportunity to develop their skills, build their networks and learn from those who’ve walked the path before them.

The program is open to journalists across the industry and of all ages and experience levels.

About the program
Over the course of twelve months, six mentees will be matched with mentors who will provide advice and support, sharing techniques and strategies that will help them accelerate their career development.

Participants are expected to meet up to a minimum of eight times over the 12 month period. Face to face meetings are preferred but in-depth phone conversation or virtual catch ups are also acceptable.

Who can apply?

  • All ages and experience levels are encouraged to apply.
  • Applications from journalists working in rural and regional areas are encouraged.
  • Applications from journalists with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are encouraged.
  • Freelance, part-time and full-time journalists are all invited to apply.
  • You must be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia.
  • Mentees who have taken part in the Mentorship program in the past three years are unfortunately not eligible to apply.

Who are the mentors?
The mentors are selected according to the needs and required skill set of the mentees. The mentors are drawn from a pool of senior news journalists including Walkley winners and industry leaders.

Applications close at 5pm, on Friday September 11, 2020. There is no application fee.

Find out more information about the program and how to apply here.

Need help? Get in touch with ana.neves@walkleys.com or 0416727617.

Previous mentors

With thanks to Mentorship program supporters:

The Dennoch Fund, a sub-fund of the Australian Communities Foundation; and the Sidney Myer Fund.