Supporting the next generation

We don’t just celebrate the best emerging voices with the Young Australian Journalist of the Year Awards; we’re also helping bright young reporters develop their skills and find pathways into the industry through scholarships, fellowships and mentorships.

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.

Scholarships: How it works

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.


The Walkley Foundation currently manages a mentorship program connecting Young Journalist of the Year Award winners with leaders in the Australian media. Mentoring plays a vital role in shaping and boosting the careers of talented journalists, and in taking the quality of their reporting to new heights.

“I feel like it’s made me a better journalist. It has really inspired me to set goals and challenge myself. I want to keep pushing to be the best reporter I can be, and having someone like Hugh (Riminton) to offer guidance and advice has really been inestimable.”

—Samara Gardner, 2018 Young Journo winner and mentee

“The Walkleys mentoring program has been a fantastic opportunity to learn more about investigative reporting. Learning from a mentor like Kate McClymont has been invaluable.”

—Paul Farrell, 2017 Young Australian Journalist of the Year overall winner

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, or proposing additional mentorship programs, please get in touch.


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 sustain a fair and far-reaching industry.

Our grateful thanks to:

Richard Baker, Investigative Reporter, The Age

Rachael Brown, Author/Journalist, ABC and Trace podcast creator

Matt Brown, Deputy International Editor, ABC

Simon Crerar, Founding Editor, Buzzfeed Australia

Darren Dale, Company Director/Producer, Blackfella Films

Matt Davis, Journalist/Producer, ABC Foreign Correspondent

Siobhan Heanue, South Asia Correspondent, ABC India

Chris Masters, Author/Journalist. Investigative Reporter , Four Corners, ABC 1983-2010

Kate McClymont, Investigative Journalist, The Sydney Morning Herald

Nick McKenzie, Deputy Investigations Editor, The Age

Sophie McNeill, Reporter, Four Corners, ABC

Louise Milligan, Investigative Reporter, Four Corners ABC

Andrew Probyn, Political Editor, ABC Federal Parliament House Bureau

Jonathon Richards, Team Lead, Google Creative Lab

Hugh Riminton, National Affairs Editor, Network 10

Mark Willacy, Senior Reporter, ABC