Full Selection Criteria & Judging

Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship

  • Applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia.
  • Applicants must be aged 28 years and under at the time of application
  • 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 end of August to end of November in the application year.

Duties undertaken during the scholarship

May include but will not be limited to the following:

Nine Network (ten weeks)

  • Your time will be split between 60 Minutes, the Nine newsroom, 9news.com.au, Current Affair, Today and Nine Radio and Publishing

 The Walkley Foundation (four weeks)

  • Assisting with Walkley Awards event production.
  • Assisting at the Walkley Award finalist announcements in Sydney.
  • Walkley Awards broadcast pre-production, including research and sourcing vision.
  • Attendance at the 2021 Walkley Awards Gala Dinner in Tamworth.


  • Short course 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.

Have questions? Please email lauren.dixon@walkleys.com