Walkley Indigenous Scholarship with Junkee Media and Ten

Supported by BHP

This is an exciting opportunity for an aspiring Indigenous journalist aged 30 years or under to develop their newsroom experience with two leading news providers. This twelve-week scholarship will be broken down into six weeks with Junkee Media and six weeks with Ten News in Sydney. You’ll develop a broad understanding of newsroom and production processes and requirements, and as a member of the team you will be encouraged to share your ideas, skills and knowledge.

Thanks to BHP the recipient will receive a stipend of $10,000 to cover living expenses for the duration of the scholarship. The recipient will  receive support and guidance from an experienced journalist who will mentor them throughout their placement.  Accommodation at the Tony Mundine Hostel is also available.

Applications open on Monday, October 21, 2019.

The prize

This twelve-week placement will be broken down into selected placements with dedicated duties and responsibilities

  • Six weeks placement at Junkee Media in Sydney, one of Australia’s fastest growing and most innovative new media companies. Junkee produces fast-paced digital news for a youth audience with a special focus on politics, social justice and culture.

Junkee:   4 x weeks:  general reporting + produce a feature of their own choosing

Punkee:  1 week: Learn to produce video content

Video:  1 week: assist video team 

  • Six weeks placement at 10 News First in Sydney, including exposure to daily broadcast news bulletins, social and digital content with 10 Daily and discussion and entertainment content as part of Studio 10.  

Who can apply?

  • Applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia
  • Applicants must be aged 30 years and under at the time of application
  • Applicants must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent (see submission material for further info)

Application fee

There is no application fee for this Scholarship.

The successful applicant will have:


  • A demonstrated passion for journalism across broadcast and digital
  • Excellent presentation, research and writing skills
  • The ability to spot a newsworthy yarn
  • Experience in interviewing people in researching for stories
  • Experience in pitching stories and ideas on presentation of stories
  • The ability to be part of a collaborative, busy environment
  • Written and spoken proficiency in English
  • The ability to work to deadline
  • A positive, willing and adaptable approach to the role at all times


  • Work experience or contribution to wider community projects will be viewed favourably

Submission material

All applicants are required to submit the following material with their application:

  • 1 x personal goals essay demonstrating your passion for journalism. Please include why you want to be a journalist, your story so far, your aspirations and why a career in the media is important to you. 
  • 1 x copy of a current CV (including details of a personal and a professional referee)
  • 3 x examples of your best work

In the application form, you will also be asked questions about why you are applying and what you hope to receive from this opportunity. You will be able to save your progress as you go along.



  • Monday, October 21: Applications open
  • Friday, November 15 at 5pm: Applications close

Please note the application deadline. This date is final and there will be no extensions provided. The system will automatically prevent submissions after the deadline.

  • Thursday, November 21: Shortlisted applicants must be available for interview by the judging panel either in person or via video conference. The winner will be notified following the interviews
  • Thursday, November 28: The winner is announced at the Walkley Awards Gala Dinner in Sydney

2020 – Scholarship placement dates

  • Monday, February 3 to Friday, April 24: The applicant must be available to undertake the 12-week scholarship in Sydney on these dates.