Walkley Leadership Program

The Walkley Foundation and Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) at the UNSW Business School are helping cultivate the next generation of newsroom leaders with a unique learning experience for those aspiring to step into a senior role.

The Walkley Foundation Leadership Program is a first of its kind microcredential program — a fast and focussed way to sharpen your skills — catering specifically for the news industry. The course will equip journalists with practical leadership capabilities, pathways to further study, and is conveniently delivered online through a blend of live, interactive sessions and self-paced learning.

We are delighted to announce the following 10 successful applicants:

  • Louise Bourke, Schwartz Media
  • Liz Burke, News.com.au
  • Una Butorac, SBS
  • Esther Chan, First Draft
  • Tom Clift, Crikey (Private Media)
  • Jessie Davies, ABC Central West
  • Tangiora Hinaki, Ngaarda Media
  • Madeline Link, The Northern Daily Leader
  • Melissa Mobbs, The Examiner
  • Jason Whittaker, ABC

Read the full announcement, and find out more about each of the successful applicants, here.

Applications are currently closed. Candidates must have a minimum of 5 years of career experience and have obtained written senior management endorsement. The applicant must be Australian-based and either an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

What is the Walkley Foundation Leadership Program?

The Leadership Program is  microcredential and designed for journalists recently promoted to management or those preparing to assume greater responsibilities. 

Taught online over three weeks, its interactive workshops and self-paced learning modules provide journalists with a convenient way to build critical leadership skills that they can quickly apply in a work context. 

Who can apply for the Leadership Program?

Journalists with a minimum of 5 years experience and working towards, or recently assumed, a higher position of organisational responsibility are encouraged to apply.

Candidates must discuss their application with management (e.g. Editor, News Director, Executive Producer, etc.) and obtain their written permission and support.

Your application will need to be supported by two endorsements. Ideally, the nominator should be someone you directly report to, and the seconder should have senior managerial responsibility in the business.

What is a microcredential?

A microcredential enables professionals to expand their knowledge, develop specific skills and advance their career with a targeted and flexible study option. 

It’s a building block of graduate-level learning that improves your professional expertise without the need to commit to a full degree. Upon completion, your microcredential is recorded and can provide you with credit toward  a future degree if desired.

What will I learn?

The Walkley Foundation Leadership Program will develop your capability to:

  • Exercise leadership with self-awareness and confidence
  • Better understand the different roles of leadership and management
  • Lead with more authenticity and build trusted relationships
  • Create a platform for effective leadership within your team and the broader business environment

Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) at the UNSW Business School has been upskilling Australia’s leaders since 1981 when the first cohort of the AGSM General Manager Program commenced. The Financial Times of London has recognised it as the number one executive education provider in Australia for the quality and outcomes of its learning experiences.*

* FT Global Business School Executive Education Rankings 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

What commitment is required?

The Program will commence on Thursday, 6 January 2022, and consist of the following workshops, complemented with approximately 14 hours of eLearning. 

  • 60-minute welcome webinar: Monday, 10 January 2022 (12 PM AEDT – 1 PM AEDT)
  • Virtual workshop #1: Monday, 17 January 2022 (12 PM – 2 PM AEDT)
  • Virtual workshop #2: Wednesday, 19 January 2022 (12 PM – 2 PM AEDT) 
  • Virtual workshop #3: Monday, 24 January 2022 (12 PM – 2 PM AEDT)

There will also be readings and modules to complete via AGSM Navigator — a unique online platform designed to emphasise interactive, experienced-based learning. 

Your course facilitator will assess all submitted work. Program participants who complete their learning will be issued a digital badge and earn points towards a Certificate in Executive Management & Development (CEMD), with credit and pathways into award qualifications.

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Have questions? Email walkleys@walkleys.com

With thanks to our partners the University of New South Wales and Google News Initiative.