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The Meta Australian News Fund opened for applications on Wednesday September 7! Read all about the program on this page before deciding whether you are eligible to apply.

Are you looking to invest in technology or launch an innovative project in your newsroom? Or do you dream of investing in a public interest journalism project such as a podcast series or documentary but lack the resources to get it off the ground?

Look no further than the Meta Australia News Fund. For the second year running, Meta is investing AU$5 million to help Australian media organisations and independent journalists launch projects focused on digital innovation or to produce journalism for underrepresented audiences.

The Walkley Foundation independently manages the $15 million Meta Australia News Fund on behalf of Meta. Run over three years, we oversee a selection of successful projects using a rigorous judging process led by industry experts.

The funding program aims to foster digital innovation and improve public interest journalism in the Australian media, and is part of the global Meta Journalism Project. In 2022, the Year 2 funding program is being offered in two streams:

  • The Digital Innovation Fund (“DI Program”) will allocate up to $2.5 million by awarding news organisations funding of up to $250,000 to fund digital and innovative newsroom projects that support the sustainability of the business.
  • The Public Interest Journalism Fund (“PIJ Program”) will allocate up to $2.5 million by awarding funding of up to $120,000 to news organisations or individuals to create public interest journalism that encourages media diversity.

In 2022, preference will be given to projects which:

  • Serve underrepresented audiences including but not limited to: culturally diverse, LGBTQI+, First Nation peoples, gender diverse, regional or rural and economically disadvantaged communities
  • Are digital-only publications
  • Involve journalists working with a disability

In addition to the above, media organisations focusing on “lifestyle” topics such as the arts, travel and food will be considered as fund recipients. Applicants who have received funds in prior years may also apply for Year 2 funding.

Applications for the 2022 program opened on September 7 at 8am AEST. Submissions must be received by 5pm AEDT on October 7. Please ensure you have read all of the Terms and Conditions before starting your application.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for either fund, applicants must:

  • Be an Australian-based media organisation with its primary business being the creation of news or informative content;
  • Have demonstrated business operations for a minimum of one year prior to applying to the Program (based on objective measures such as corporate filings and business name registrations);
  • Have a minimum of two full-time journalism staff (or the equivalent) unless you are applying as an individual journalist;
  • Publish informative content regularly through a digital channel such as a website, newsletter or social platform;
  • Not have a content licensing agreement in place with Meta for Facebook News or video; and
  • Be able to contribute to a Meta case study and other marketing initiatives with Meta.

For individual journalists applying to the PIJ fund only:

Entrants must be independent journalist(s) working primarily in Australia and must be either Australian citizens or permanent residents.

Additional eligibility criteria apply to both media organisations and independent journalists. Please read the full TERMS & CONDITIONS before applying.

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About the program

The Meta Australian News Fund is a $15 million funding program spread over three years, and is managed by the Walkley Foundation on behalf of Meta.

In 2021, the Meta Australian News Fund provided $5 million of funding to 54 projects, including the following successful initiatives:

And the following initiatives which are underway:

Testimonials

RiotACT’s news app and “MoJo” video production kits

Region Media journalist Claire Fenwicke captures a glass blowing factory in action on her MoJo kit. Image supplied

Canberra-based publisher Region Group received funding for “MoJo” kits consisting of smartphones, production field kits and editing software to enable journalists to shoot, edit and publish video content while reporting in the field.

The Editor of Region’s flagship publication RiotACT, Genevieve Jacobs, said the MoJo kits have greatly enhanced the publication’s ability to convey breaking news to its 687,000-strong audience.

“Video tells stories text can’t. It captures the emotion and excitement of events, the anger and fear or confusion of urgent news. Speedy, simple video production for social media spreads those stories far and wide, fast,” Jacobs said.

“As a digital only platform, video and social content are a critical part of our news mix. Readers need content that’s accurate, accessible and created on the spot. Social media energises and amplifies our strong news stories and creates community conversations that bring us together.”

 

AAP News’ remote region news reporting

Indigenous elders in Far North Queensland. Image supplied by AAP and Jono Searle.

AAP journalists travelled to remote western Cape York to hear the stories of Indigenous elders, mining bosses, scientists, elected officials, police officers and artists. The trip was part of a series of fact-finding missions to remote parts of northern Australia as part of “Project Petrichor” – which translates to “The Smell of Rain”. The funding provided a unique opportunity to tell stories from a region underserved by local media.

“Western Cape York is where Europeans and Indigenous Australians made first contact in 1606, and that intense story is yet to be resolved. Telling local stories will introduce Australia to the diverse region’s inspirational peoples, and its troubled history, and trigger fresh debates about its future, which have largely been ignored or suppressed by powerful outsiders,” said AAP Queensland Chief of Staff Martin Silk.

For enquiries about the program please email walkleys@walkleys.com