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Selection Criteria and Terms & Conditions

The William Buckland Foundation Fellowship with The Age

Selection criteria

  • A clear demonstration of your passion for and commitment to Victorian regional journalism, and strong demonstration of existing experience, based on your Personal Goals Statement and your video pitch.
  • Evidence presented in your Personal Goals Statement and verifier letter that you meet the requirements of this Fellowship and its Terms and Conditions.
  • The ability to spot a newsworthy story and produce publishable content, as evidenced by your 300-word story idea pitch, examples of your best journalistic work, and your CV.
  • Experience in interviewing people and researching stories for publication or broadcast.
  • The ability to be part of a collaborative, busy environment.
  • Written and spoken proficiency in English.
  • The ability to work to a deadline.
  • A positive, willing and adaptable approach.


Terms and Conditions

  • Entrants must be: Australian citizens OR permanent residents of Australia OR able to work in Australia on an appropriate work visa.
  • This opportunity is not open to journalists living in metropolitan Melbourne
  • Shortlisted applicants must be available to be interviewed via video call by the judging panel in October 2023.
  • Fellowship winners must be available to commence the 12-week placement in early 2024. 
  • The Fellowship winner will receive a stipend of $20,000 to contribute towards their travel to Melbourne, living expenses and accommodation for the duration of the Fellowship. This will be paid fortnightly by the Walkley Foundation, directly into the winner’s bank account, starting with the closest pay run to the start of their placement.
  • No employment relationship will exist between the winner and the host newsroom, or between the winner and the Walkley Foundation. The Fellowship winner will not be required to fill the position of an employee at their media host organisation. The host newsroom will not pay the winner during the placement.
  • The Fellowship winner will be responsible for sourcing their own accommodation during their placement.
  • The Fellowship winner must abide by the host news organisation’s workplace and safety regulations and attend during normal hours Monday to Friday as directed including potential shiftwork.
  • The Fellowship winner is expected to keep confidential any information obtained during the course of their placement. 
  • On completion of the placement, the Fellowship winner must:
    • Track the production of content that they produce, or contribute to, during the course of the Fellowship, using a template to be provided by The Foundation, and have this signed off by their host newsroom mentor
    • Participate in an end-of-placement questionnaire and interview to track the impact of the Fellowship.
    • Provide a 300-word report (written or filmed) outlining their experience and how it developed their understanding of journalism. This report will be provided to the Walkley Foundation and may be published in segments or in its entirety for the purposes of promoting the Fellowship.

Have questions? Please email Corinne Podger,

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