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Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship

Selection Criteria

  • Applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia.
  • Applicants must be aged 32 years and under at the time of application.
  • Applicants who are aspiring, part-time or freelance journalists from across the country, including regional and remote communities, are encouraged to apply.
  • University qualifications are not essential but the applicant must demonstrate a passion for broadcast journalism.
  • The ability to spot and initiate a newsworthy story.
  • 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.
  • Relevant work experience in the media sector will be viewed favourably.

Terms and Conditions

  • You must be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia.
  • Shortlisted applicants must be available to be interviewed in person by the judging panel in the last week of May 2023.
  • You must be able to participate in the scholarship for the entire 14-week period from August to November in Sydney in the year of application.
  • You must fulfil the entire 14 weeks of the scholarship, undertaken 9am-5pm Monday to Friday for the 14 weeks.
  • The scholarship will be undertaken at the Walkley Foundation and the Nine in Sydney from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday for each of the 14 weeks.
  • The winner will receive a stipend of $12,500 to cover living expenses for the duration of the scholarship. It will be issued directly to the scholarship recipient on a fortnightly basis by the Walkley Foundation.
  • The winner will receive a Gift Certificate to the value of $1000 for use against any AFTRS short course at AFTRS. Courses are subject to availability and AFTRS reserves the right to cancel any course for any reason at any time.
  • The successful applicant will receive 4x mentoring sessions delivered via the Walkley Foundation during the course of their scholarship.
  • Successful applicants will need to fund their own travel and accommodation costs from the stipend.
  • The successful applicant will participate in tasks assigned to them by the Walkley Foundation and Nine. During the scholarship, the successful applicant will be bound by the same obligations as regular staff members.
  • The scholarship recipient will be covered by the Foundation’s volunteer’s insurance for the duration of their placement. 
  • The successful applicant is required to keep confidential any information obtained during the course of the scholarship. This obligation shall not cease upon departure from the Walkley Foundation and Nine.
  • On completion of the scholarship, the successful applicant must provide a report (written or filmed) outlining their experience and how it developed their understanding of journalism and in particular long-form journalism. This report will be provided to the scholarship committee and may be published in segments or in its entirety for the purposes of promoting the scholarship.

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