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
  • Applicants must be enrolled in journalism or communications studies at an Australian university.
  • Recent journalism or communication graduates who do not receive the majority of their income from journalism may also apply as long as they are 28 years or under.
  • Undergraduate or postgraduate students will be eligible.
  • A demonstrated passion for journalism across broadcast and digital.
  • An excellent academic record.
  • Written and spoken proficiency in English. Remember spelling and accuracy are key factors.
  • Excellent presentation, research and writing skills.
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with Microsoft Office, G Suite and digital publishing programs.
  • The ability to be part of a collaborative busy environment
  • 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 2020.
  • 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)

  • Four weeks at 60 Minutes, two weeks in the Nine newsroom, two weeks at 9news.com.au and two weeks split between A Current Affair and Today

 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 2020 Walkley Awards Gala Dinner in Tamworth.


  • Participation in at least one TV production course through the open program at the Australian Film TV & Radio School (AFTRS).

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