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The Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship with Nine

2024 Applications have closed.

Scholarship Overview

If you have big dreams of carving out a career in the competitive television industry: this is the opportunity of a lifetime.

The Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship with Nine was 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 communications and broadcast industry. 

Our judges include some of Australia’s most senior journalists, and finalists will have the opportunity to meet, be interviewed by, and network with the judging panel.

The 2024 winner will receive:

  • 10-week placement with Nine in Sydney, consisting of:
  • 4-week placement at the Walkley Foundation, in the lead-up to and including the annual Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism. This will include:
    • Producing and live production experience on the prestigious Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism.
    • Experience working with industry partners on special projects such as photojournalism exhibitions.
    • Opportunity to develop digital producing and copy writing skills.
    • Opportunity to be a part of a purpose driven team that is highly networked in the journalism industry.
  • Gift certificate of $1,000 to use towards relevant Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) short courses
    • AFTRS courses include expert training on writing for television, camera and sound fundamentals, and video production courses.
  • A stipend of $14,000 to support living expenses for the duration of the scholarship.

Application fee

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, there is no cost to enter this program.

What you will need to submit

Information you will need to complete your application includes: 

  • A copy of your current CV – maximum 2 pages, PDF format.
  • A 50-word biography about yourself.
  • A current headshot photo in JPG or PNG format.
  • THREE examples of your journalistic work. TWO of these examples must be video.
    • Examples of your work can be URLs as long as they are publicly accessible. If any of your work is behind a paywall or requires registration, you must upload that story as a file. Print and online stories can be uploaded in PDF format, and video stories can be uploaded as an MP4. 
  • A written reference from a referee, together with their contact information, so the judges can contact them about your work. 
  • A 150-word pitch for a story idea for A Current Affair. Your pitch should explain the story idea and angle, why it matters to the show’s audience, and who you would interview.

Selection Criteria and Terms and Conditions

Read the full Selection Criteria and Terms and Conditions before starting your application.

How to apply

Before you apply, please read the Selection Criteria and Terms & Conditions

Then click here to begin your application. The form includes questions about why you are applying and how the scholarship will benefit your career. You can save your progress and return to the form later.

Judging Process

  • Entries close 11.59pm, Monday 15 April 2024. The application deadline is final and there will be no extensions provided. The system will automatically prevent submissions after the deadline.
  • The judges will review entries and select a shortlist of finalists.
  • Finalists will be invited to an interview with the judging panel during April-May 2024. Interviews can be done remotely or in person.
  • The winner will be notified by 24 May 2024.
  • The winner will be announced at the 2024 Mid Year Celebration of Journalism on 20 June 2024 in Sydney.
  • The scholarship will commence in August or September in consultation with the Walkley Foundation, and Nine.

Current Winners


2024 Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship joint winner: Hannah McKinney, University of Sydney

Hannah McKinney is in her final year at the University of Sydney studying Media and Communications and Politics. With experience working for a local community paper and in the public relations industry, upon completing her degree, she hopes to focus on issues relating to politics and the public interest.

Past winners


2023 Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship joint winner: Tatenda Chibika

Tatenda Chibika was a third year Communications (Journalism) student at the Queensland University of Technology when she applied for the Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship. She is now a Cadet Journalist at the ABC newsroom in Brisbane. She’s passionate about investigative and entertainment journalism with hopes to explore both avenues. Her main focus will be on stories that impact young Australians of all backgrounds.

2023 Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship joint winner: Kevin Ding

Kevin Ding graduated from the University of New South Wales with First Class Honours. After completing the Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship in 2023, he is now an Associate Producer at Nine News Sydney. Kevin wants to tell engaging, dynamic, multimodal stories in his journalism career.

2022 – Amelia Hirst (Twitter)

2021 – Ella McCrindle (Twitter, LinkedIn)

2019 – Caroline Tung (Twitter)

2018 Joint Winner – Amber Schultz (Twitter, LinkedIn)

2018 Joint Winner – Benjamin Ansell (LinkedIn)

2017 – Lydia Bilton (Twitter, LinkedIn)

2016 – Taylor Denny (Twitter, LinkedIn)

2015 – Annalise Bolt (Twitter, LinkedIn)

2014 Joint Winner – Kirrily Schwartz 

2014 Joint Winner – Megan Stafford 

2013 – Will Mumford (Twitter)

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