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, and this years mentees are:
- Tanya Ali, Executive Producer, Race Matters – FBi Radio
- Kristie Sullivan, Journalist, Grant Broadcasters
- Charmayne Allison, Senior Reporter, Shepparton News
- Kamin Gock, Journalist, Nine News Perth
- Donna Lu, Australasia Reporter, New Scientist
- Steven Saphore, Photojournalist
- Peri Strathearn, Managing Editor, Murray Bridge News
- Kate Thomas, Copywriter, Hireup
This 12-month program received an enthusiastic response, with applications from all corners of the country.
Thanks to funding from the Dennoch sub-fund, a sub-fund of the Australian Communities Foundation and the Sidney Myer Foundation, the Foundation had six mentorship opportunities available.
The Walkley community donated extra funds which provided two additional opportunities.
Mentorship Committee member and Walkley Director Karen Percy, said: “It was really tough selecting only eight mentees from a really strong field of applicants.
“We know the upheaval in the industry in recent years has meant younger journalists can’t always learn from experienced journalists, so there is a real desire for career guidance and skill development. We hope that this mentorship program will go some way to meeting this need and we look forward to developing the program in the future.”
Mentees will be introduced to their mentors over the coming weeks and the program will begin at the end of the month.