Walkley Mentorship Program

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. Mentees who have taken part in the Mentorship program in the past three years are unfortunately not eligible to apply.

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.
  • Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents 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 are now closed for the 2020 Walkley Mentorship Program. 


Terms and conditions

You agree to:

  • The Walkley Foundation’s mentoring program requires commitment from both parties to make it work. Mentees should understand that the program will require a time commitment and be happy to prioritise time to communicate with their mentor.
  • The candidate must understand that once they have made the commitment to participate in this mentoring program, if for any reason they cannot see the program through to its conclusion, they must notify the Walkley Foundation and their mentor as soon as possible.
  • Confidentiality and privacy of the mentor/mentee must be strictly adhered to.
  • This relationship covers twelve months from introduction to the mentor. It is expected that mentors/mentees are aware that once the mentoring program has ceased, they are no longer required to continue the arrangement.
  • It is expected that if the mentoring relationship is not working for any reason, the Walkley Foundation will be notified immediately to ensure that the matter is addressed or, if necessary (or possible), a new mentor/mentee is allocated.

Please find further information in Guidelines for Mentees here.

Need help? Get in touch with marcus.raue@walkleys.com or 0437762715.

With thanks to Mentorship program supporters:

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


Got a question about the Mentorship Program? Watch our FAQs video

Thank you to our mentors

We’d like to thank those mentors, many of them Walkley winning journalists, who have advised, supported and encouraged our mentees over the years. Their insight and experience in producing quality journalism is invaluable in helping to support the next generation of journalists and to sustain a fair and far-reaching industry.

Our grateful thanks to:

The 2020 Walkley Mentorship Program: Mentees announced

Australian journalists of all ages and experience levels were invited to apply to the 2020 Walkley Mentorship program. With thanks to our funders we are delighted to announce the following eight mentees:

  • Tanya Ali, Executive Producer, Race Matters – FBi Radio

  • Charmayne Allison, Senior Reporter, Shepparton News

  • Kamin Gock, Journalist, Nine News Perth

  • Donna Lu, Australasia Reporter, New Scientist

  • Steven Saphore, Photojournalist

  • Peri Strathearn, Managing Editor, Murray Bridge News

  • Kristie Sullivan, Journalist, Grant Broadcasters

  • Kate Thomas, Copywriter, Hireup

Response was enthusiastic for this twelve month program with applications received from all corners of the country. Thanks to funding from the Dennoch sub-fund, a sub-fund of the Australian Communities Foundation and the Sidney Myer Foundation, the Foundation had six mentorship opportunities available. In response to a rallying cry, the Walkley community donated funds which provided two additional opportunities.

From Karen Percy, Mentorship Committee member and Walkley Director

“It was really tough selecting only eight mentees from a really strong field of applicants. We know the upheaval in the industry in recent years has meant younger journalists can’t always learn from experienced journalists and so there is a real desire from many for career guidance and skill development. We hope that this mentorship program will go some way to meet this need and look forward to developing the program in the future.”

Mentees will be introduced to their mentors over the coming weeks and the program will begin at the end of the month.

Further information on the mentorship program can be found here.

If you are interested in lending your support to the program please contact helen.johnstone@walkleys.com or donate online here.

With thanks to our funders: