The 2020 Walkley Mentorship Program: Mentees announced
Australian journalists of all ages and experience levels were invited to apply to the 2020 Walkley Mentorship program. With thanks to our funders we are delighted to announce the following eight mentees:
Tanya Ali, Executive Producer, Race Matters – FBi Radio
Peri Strathearn, Managing Editor, Murray Bridge News
Kristie Sullivan, Journalist, Grant Broadcasters
Kate Thomas, Copywriter, Hireup
Response was enthusiastic for this twelve month program with applications received from all corners of the country. Thanks to funding from the Dennoch sub-fund, a sub-fund of the Australian Communities Foundation and the Sidney Myer Foundation, the Foundation had six mentorship opportunities available. In response to a rallying cry, the Walkley community donated funds which provided two additional opportunities.
From Karen Percy, Mentorship Committee member and Walkley Director
“It was really tough selecting only eight mentees from a really strong field of applicants. We know the upheaval in the industry in recent years has meant younger journalists can’t always learn from experienced journalists and so there is a real desire from many for career guidance and skill development. We hope that this mentorship program will go some way to meet this need and look forward to developing the program in the future.”
Mentees will be introduced to their mentors over the coming weeks and the program will begin at the end of the month.
Further information on the mentorship program can be found here.
The Walkley mentorship program aims to support journalists by providing an opportunity to develop their skills, build their networks and learn from those who’ve walked the path before them.
The program is open to journalists across the industry and of all ages and experience levels. Mentees who have taken part in the Mentorship program in the past three years are unfortunately not eligible to apply.
About the program
Over the course of twelve months, six mentees will be matched with mentors who will provide advice and support, sharing techniques and strategies that will help them accelerate their career development.
Participants are expected to meet up to a minimum of eight times over the 12 month period. Face to face meetings are preferred but in-depth phone conversation or virtual catch ups are also acceptable.
Who can apply?
All ages and experience levels are encouraged to apply.
Applications from journalists working in rural and regional areas are encouraged.
Applications from journalists with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are encouraged.
Freelance, part-time and full-time journalists are all invited to apply.
Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of Australia.
Mentees who have taken part in the Mentorship program in the past three years are unfortunately not eligible to apply.
Who are the mentors?
The mentors are selected according to the needs and required skill set of the mentees. The mentors are drawn from a pool of senior news journalists including Walkley winners and industry leaders.
Applications are now closed for the 2020 Walkley Mentorship Program.
Terms and conditions
You agree to:
The Walkley Foundation’s mentoring program requires commitment from both parties to make it work. Mentees should understand that the program will require a time commitment and be happy to prioritise time to communicate with their mentor.
The candidate must understand that once they have made the commitment to participate in this mentoring program, if for any reason they cannot see the program through to its conclusion, they must notify the Walkley Foundation and their mentor as soon as possible.
Confidentiality and privacy of the mentor/mentee must be strictly adhered to.
This relationship covers twelve months from introduction to the mentor. It is expected that mentors/mentees are aware that once the mentoring program has ceased, they are no longer required to continue the arrangement.
It is expected that if the mentoring relationship is not working for any reason, the Walkley Foundation will be notified immediately to ensure that the matter is addressed or, if necessary (or possible), a new mentor/mentee is allocated.
Please find further information in Guidelines for Menteeshere.
The Dennoch Fund, a sub-fund of the Australian Communities Foundation; and the Sidney Myer Fund
Got a question about the Mentorship Program? Watch our FAQs video
Thank you to our mentors
We’d like to thank those mentors, many of them Walkley winning journalists, who have advised, supported and encouraged our mentees over the years. Their insight and experience in producing quality journalism is invaluable in helping to support the next generation of journalists and to sustain a fair and far-reaching industry.
The Walkley Foundation provides professional development programs for journalists from across the industry. We want to help journalists of all experience levels and backgrounds to develop their skills, build contacts and have access to new opportunities that will support them as they hone their craft.
Scholarships and Fellowships
A fair and trusted media is vital for a healthy democracy. Fundamental to that is ensuring that the future of the industry is in safe and trusted hands. The Walkley Foundation is committed to supporting those talented emerging journalists who will continue the legacy of ethical, fair and far-reaching reporting.
The Foundation’s scholarship, fellowship and leadership programs, coupled with Awards programs like the Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year, have supported early and mid-career journalists, lowered barriers to entry to the profession for a more diverse group of journalists, and helped ensure that the future of the industry is in good hands.
We have several scholarships and fellowships running throughout each year. Click through on the below programs for more details.
The Walkley Foundation collaborates with our media stakeholders from all sectors of the industry to provide a program that offers increased access to a career in the media for journalists from all backgrounds. These placements offer hands-on experience within a leading media organisation’s newsroom.
Hosting a scholarship winner: Scholarship winners receive a stipend for the duration of the placement and all payments are administered by the Walkley Foundation. Media organisations from all sectors of the industry are invited to apply.
Fund a scholarship: If you would like to discuss how you can support the next generation of journalists contact our Development Manager, Helen Johnstone, 0422 851 282.