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.

Walkley Mentorship Program

Building on the success of our mentorship program for winners of the Australian Young Journalist Awards, this expanded mentorship program offers an opportunity for journalists of all ages and experience levels, across the industry to develop their skills and knowledge. 

About the program

Over the course of 12 months mentees will be matched with mentors who will provide advice, support, and share techniques and strategies that will help them accelerate their career development.

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

Please note that if you have been a Walkley mentee within the last three years, you are not eligible to apply. 

Applications open August 10, 2020. Subscribe to our newsletter to ensure that you don’t miss out!

Can you help?

With more funding we can help more journalists through our mentorship program. Show your support with a donation. Thank you!

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.

Our grateful thanks to: