The William Buckland Foundation Fellowship with The Age

Applications are now closed for The William Buckland Foundation Fellowship with The Age. Recipients will be announced on October 15.

This Fellowship invites freelance, part-time and full time journalists in regional Victoria to spend 12 weeks on secondment in The Age newsroom in Melbourne, developing new skills, receiving mentorship and building contacts. You will work across all platforms, playing a hands-on role in researching, developing and writing stories, cultivating a network of contacts and gaining a greater understanding of how the news is made in one of the country’s leading newsrooms.

Thanks to funding from the William Buckland Foundation the recipient will receive $20,000 for the 12 week duration of the placement with The Age.

Applications are now closed for The William Buckland Foundation Fellowship with The Age. Recipients will be announced on October 15. 

 

5 reasons to apply for The William Buckland Foundation Fellowship with The Age

The Fellowship experience

Playing a hands-on role in researching, developing and writing stories you will work across all platforms, cultivate a network of contacts, build your investigative skills and gain a greater understanding of how the news is made in one of the country’s leading newsrooms.

Over the course of the twelve week placement, this hands-on experience will include the following duties and responsibilities:

Breaking news: you will be assisting with researching, reporting and writing daily news.

General news: you will work alongside education and city reporters to learn how to develop urban and policy reporting.

Individual project: you will be allocated a dedicated project for online and print, and will be supported by senior Age journalists.

Plus other duties as directed.

 

Who can apply?

The fellowship will be open for applicants who fulfill the below criteria: 

  • Applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia.
  • Applicants must be freelance or part-time journalists based in regional, remote or community Victoria.
  • Applicants who have recently left a journalism role (within the last six months) are also eligible to apply.
  • Applicants who are in a full-time journalist position but are able to take an approved secondment will also be considered.

Selection criteria

The successful applicant will have:

  • A demonstrated passion for journalism across print and digital;
  • Excellent presentation, research and writing skills;
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with G Suite and digital publishing programs;
  • The ability to work in a busy environment;
  • Written and spoken proficiency in English;
  • Two-five years journalism experience;
  • A track record in generating ideas and a passion for pitching stories.

 

Terms and Conditions

How can I apply?

Applications are now closed for The William Buckland Foundation Fellowship with The Age. Recipients will be announced on October 15.

Submission material

You will need the following items to complete your online application:

  • 1 x copy of your current CV (including details of a personal and professional referee)
  • 3 x examples of your best work
  • 1 x summary of relevant skills, contacts and experience that would benefit The Age 

Have questions?

Get in touch with Marcus Raue at marcus.raue@walkleys.com or on 0437 762 715.

Want more info?

Why not listen to last year’s winner Rachael Houlihan explain why you should apply, and how the Fellowship with The Age helped her gain new skills and contacts to take back to her newsroom at The Warrnambool Standard, in the two videos below.

2019 winner Rachael Houlihan on why you should apply now


Rachael Houlihan on the Fellowship’s benefits to her regional newsroom