Professional development

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.

Walkley Mentorship Program

Applications are now closed for the Walkley Mentorship Program. Recipients will be announced on October 15.

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 Walkley Mentorship Program. All applicants will notified on on October 15.


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 Mentees here.

Need help? Get in touch with or 0437762715.

With thanks to Mentorship program supporters:

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.

Our grateful thanks to:

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.