The Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship with Nine

Congratulations to 2021 Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship winner: Ella McCrindle, the University of Sydney


Ella McCrindle is a fourth-year media and law student at the University of Sydney. After finishing as dux of her school, she travelled to Asia, Europe and the Americas before settling down to work as a freelance journalist to support her studies, including stints at Radio 2SER and Reader’s Digest. Ella has recently received a Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence and the University of Sydney Prize for Academic Merit.


If you’re aged 28 years or under with big dreams of carving out a career in the competitive television industry: this is the opportunity of a lifetime.

Established in 2013 with support from media executive and award-winning TV producer Anita Jacoby to recognise the legacy of her father Phillip Jacoby – a pioneer in the Australian electronics and broadcast industry.  This scholarship offers applicants the chance to learn from some of Australia’s leading news and current affairs journalists and producers.

This fourteen-week scholarship will be broken down into 10 weeks with Nine in Sydney and 4 weeks with The Walkley Foundation.

The scholarship recipient will receive a stipend of $10,500 to cover living expenses for the duration of the scholarship.

The prize

Over 14 weeks, the Jacoby-Walkley scholarship winner develops knowledge, understanding and experience of the media industry with a range of top media organisations. This includes:

  • A ten-week placement with Nine in Sydney including 60 Minutes, Nine TV News, 9news.com.au, A Current Affair and Today. The winner will also get experience with Nine Publishing and radio.
  • A four-week placement at the Walkley Foundation, in the lead up to (and including) the 66th Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism
  • A place in an AFTRS TV Unit course programmed by AFTRS Open

The successful applicant receives a stipend to cover living expenses for the duration of the scholarship. Please note the scholarship is a full-time (Mon-Fri) commitment.

Application fee

There is no entry fee to the Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship.

Selection criteria

Selection criteria includes the following:

  • University qualifications are not essential but the applicant must demonstrate a passion for broadcast journalism 
  • Excellent presentation, research and writing skills
  • The ability to spot and initiate a newsworthy yarn
  • Experience in interviewing talent and researching stories
  • Experience in pitching ideas and stories 
  • The ability to be part of a collaborative, busy environment
  • Written and spoken proficiency in English
  • The ability to work to frequent and rolling deadlines
  • A positive, willing and adaptable approach to the role at all times
  • Applicants who are aspiring, part-time or freelance journalists from across the country (including regional and remote communities) are encouraged to apply.
  • Work experience or contribution to wider community projects will be viewed favourably.
  • Shortlisted applicants must be available to be interviewed in person by the judging panel in the last week of May 2021.
  • The applicant must be available to undertake the 14-week scholarship in Sydney from the end of August to the end of November in the application year.

Find the full selection criteria here.

Submission material

You will need the following items to complete your online application:

  • 1 x copy of your current CV
  • 3 x examples of recent work (one must be video)
  • 1 x copy of your academic transcript (if applicable)

In the form, you will also be asked questions about why you are applying and what you hope to receive from this opportunity. Don’t panic though – you can save your progress as you go along, and can return to the application form if you need more time.

Remember this is a journalism scholarship so accuracy and spelling are key factors!

Terms and conditions

Applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia aged 28 years or under.

Shortlisted applicants must be available to be interviewed in person by the judging panel. The applicant must also be available to undertake the 14-week scholarship in Sydney from the end of August to November in the application year.

Please read the full terms and conditions here.

If you have any further questions, please contact either:

Past winners (and where they are now)

Congratulations to the winner of  2019 Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship:

Caroline Tung, Monash University (pictured below with Anita Jacoby at the 2019 Mid-Year Celebration of Journalism). Caroline is now a print and digital journalist at Prime Creative Media

2019 winner Caroline Tung and Anita Jacoby

See the full announcement of the 2019 mid-year award winners here.

2019 Judges: Emma Alberici, Dan Illic,  Anita Jacoby, Tom Krause, Hamish Macdonald, Alex Needs, Monique Shafter, Jim Waley.

Amber Schultz (2018 joint winner) Reporter for Crikey.

Benjamin Ansell (2018 joint winner) moved into Communications.

Lydia Bilton (2017 winner) Reporter, NBN News Newcastle.

Taylor Denny (2016 winner) Video/Audio Journalist for the Sydney Morning Herald.

Annalise Bolt (2015 winner) is an associate producer at 9 News Sydney.

Kirrily Schwarz (2014 joint winner) Freelance journalist currently based in the US.

Megan Stafford (2014 joint winner) is working in communications.

Will Mumford (2013 winner) Freelance Prducer / Editor, Storyation