Applications have opened for the Walkley Opportunity Scholarship, introduced to address a lack of employment pathways and career opportunities for journalists from socio-economically disadvantaged communities.
Funded by Ampol, the Walkley Opportunity Scholarship will provide two aspiring journalists of any age with an opportunity to work in a metropolitan newsroom for a 10-week placement. These placements are intended for individuals who identify as coming from a socio-economically disadvantaged background, with criteria for such outlined below.
One Scholarship winner will do their placement with AAP in Sydney, and the other winner will do their placement with SBS in Sydney.
Each host newsroom will provide support and guidance, including mentoring from an experienced journalist, to help the winner to:
Build an understanding of newsroom and production processes
Publish content based on merit
Build industry connections
Each winner will receive a stipend of $10,000 to contribute towards living expenses and accommodation for the duration of the Scholarship.
Placement dates will be agreed in consultation with each winner and must commence no later than 1 March 2024.
The Scholarship winners will also be expected to be available to travel to Sydney for the following activities:
October: An awards presentation in Sydney. A return flight to Sydney will be covered by the Walkley Foundation, plus one night accommodation if required.
23 November: 68th Walkley Awards. A return flight to Sydney and one night accommodation for one person will be covered by the Walkley Foundation. The winner will also receive two complimentary tickets to the event.
Newsroom Placement: A return flight to Sydney will be covered by the Walkley Foundation. The winner will be responsible for sourcing their own accommodation during the placement.
Who is eligible to apply?
Individuals who have a demonstrated passion and commitment to journalism as a career. This might include having worked in regional, local, or community media in Australia or their home country, early-career freelancing, and periods of relevant work experience. Refer to the Selection Criteria and Terms and Conditions for more information.
Entrants must be: Australian citizens, permanent residents of Australia or able to work in Australia on an appropriate work visa.
Applicants must be available to undertake the 10-week placement within 6 months of winning a Scholarship. The dates will be agreed in consultation with the host newsroom and must commence no later than 1 March 2024.
This opportunity is intended for individuals who identify as coming from a socio-economically disadvantaged background.