Entries are open for the annual Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship.
The Walkley Foundation and Nine News are calling for final-year university students and recent graduates aged 26 or under to apply for a 14-week paid journalism work placement.
Now in its seventh year, the Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship is targeted at young storytellers with a passion for broadcast journalism and dreams of carving out a career in the industry.
The successful applicant will spend time at Nine News in Sydney, including at 60 Minutes, Nine News, A Current Affair, Today and 9news.com.au.
“I’m delighted to see how the Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship has gone from strength to strength since it was established in 2013,” said founder Anita Jacoby. “At least 12 finalists now have full-time jobs and are on their way to forging successful careers in the broadcast industry.”
Walkley Foundation chief executive Louisa Graham, said, “Providing paid opportunities to learn within the industry, make contacts and build skills in a newsroom environment is one great way to make sure young people from a wide range of backgrounds have a chance to make it onto our screens.”
Nine’s Director of Partnerships and Strategy – News & Current Affairs, Alexander Needs, said: “Nine News is excited to again partner with Anita Jacoby and the Walkley Foundation on this scholarship.The future of journalism is one we are all committed to, and giving the next generation their start in the industry is something we’re very passionate about.”
The successful applicant receives a stipend for the 14 weeks of the scholarship, during which they will receive:
● A 10-week placement in the Nine Network’s News & Current Affairs department in Sydney (including in the newsroom and at 60 Minutes, A Current Affair, Today and 9News.com.au)
● A four-week placement at the Walkley Foundation, in the lead up to the Walkley Awards
● A $1,000 course gift voucher towards participation in an AFTRS short course at the Australian Film Television and Radio School