Photo: Warren Frey (Tasmania Fire Service).

Public interest journalism receives vital support 

Walkley Grants for Journalism provide $134,000 for 11 stand-out projects

The Walkley Foundation is delighted to announce the recipients of the 2020 grants for public interest journalism. This year, thanks to the generosity of our corporate, philanthropic and university partners, the funding available has risen to $134,000. The grants will support 11 projects exploring overlooked stories in regional Australia, the Pacific and Asia, and will help meet the growing need for journalism that serves the public’s right to know. 

The grants program supports Australian journalists to produce significant journalism in any medium. The judges have been rigorous in selecting projects on the basis of originality, public interest, value and impact. These are stories that will surprise, educate and make a difference. In this round, the emphasis was on applications that were supported by co-publishing arrangements. 

Walkley Foundation Chief Executive Louisa Graham said: “We were thrilled with the diversity of entries and stories selected. It is clear there are many stories to be told in these under-reported areas.  We thank our grant partners and only wish we had more money to fund this sort of public interest journalism.”

The funding will be distributed across the following grants categories:

  1. Walkley Grants for Freelance Journalism on Regional Australia
  2. Sean Dorney Grant for Pacific Journalism
  3. Judith Neilson Institute Freelance Grant for Asian Journalism

The Walkley Public Fund for Journalism

These grants are funded by the Walkley Foundation’s Public Fund. The industry needs more from us, and to provide that kind of support, we need help to grow the Walkley Public Fund. The Fund is an opportunity for individuals and organisations to come together and show their support for journalism and the vital role that it plays in supporting democracy, with a tax-deductible donation.

You can find out more about the fund, what we support, and how to donate here.

Contact us

For questions on the grants program, please contact Lauren Dixon via email or call 0413 212 890.

Want to support great storytelling in the public interest through a grant? Get in touch with us.