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Judith Neilson Institute Freelance Grant for Asian Journalism: Terms & Conditions

  • All applicants must certify that their application is their original work and that they have adhered to the MEAA Code of Ethics in the work preparation, undertake to continue to abide by the Code of Ethics and to comply with all copyright requirements.
  • All applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents working as freelance journalists.
  • For the purposes of this grant, “Asia” includes South Asia, East Asia and South East Asia. South East Asia includes Timor Leste but not Papua New Guinea. 
  • Applicants must demonstrate the in-principle support of a publisher or broadcaster to publish the work they will produce as a result of this grant. Applicants will need to supply contact details for their publisher as part of the application, and publishers will be contacted to verify the application.
  • Each applicant is responsible for their own insurances; editors will also be asked to verify that insurance is in place.
  • The Walkley Foundation and the Judith Neilson Institute are not liable for any legal issues which result from the project or story.  
  • All applicants must declare any legal complaints, defamation actions, contempt of court actions, suppression orders, challenges to the accuracy, corrections or claims of plagiarism they are subject to at the time of application.
  • Applicants must declare any other financial support committed for the project.
  • Each applicant may apply only once per year.
  • Group applications may include up to three names, with one person nominated as the primary contact. All applicants must be freelance journalists.
  • The applicant acknowledges that the Walkley Foundation and the Judith Neilson Institute may reproduce, broadcast and communicate materials submitted for the purpose of promoting the Grant, conducting the presentation ceremony and making the published stories available to the public, and agrees and warrants that the Foundation and Institute may use the material for these purposes. The applicant also agrees that if they are successful in winning a grant, their work may be published under a dedicated Walkley banner on external platforms.
  • Judges have the right to reject an application which in their opinion does not comply with the requirements of the competition. The judges’ decision will be final. The Walkley Board reserves the right to withdraw a grant if it later finds the entrant did not comply with the conditions and criteria.
  • Grant recipients and publishers are responsible for the editing process, legals and fact checks.
  • The Walkley Foundation is under no obligation to publish.
  • The author or authors retain the copyright for the piece.
  • Funded projects may be entered in the Walkley Awards, provided they meet all eligibility requirements of the Awards.
  • Grant funding is available to individual freelance journalists, not media organisations.

If you’re selected:

  • Successful applicant agrees to an MOU including dates, deliverables and payment instalments.
  • Grantee provides a more detailed pitch including budget breakdown and requests for early payment.
  • Grantee must deliver drafts and final story on agreed deadline.
  • Grantee must promote the published story to their networks and on their social channels.
  • Grantees must be available for Walkley events & publicity as required.
  • Grantee agrees to support activities and events undertaken by lead donors to the Judith Neilson Institute Freelance Grant for Asian Journalism, to the extent that they are able to do so and subject to other commitments and any relevant contractual and/or employment terms.
  • Grants will be paid in two instalments: the first, one month in, on receipt of detailed pitch/budget; and the balance after completion/publication of the story. Amounts subject to agreement in MOU.
  • There is no obligation for the Walkley Foundation or other publishers to publish the work.
  • Published work must include an acknowledgement of funding from the Judith Neilson Institute and the Walkley Public Fund.
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