The Our Watch Fellowship is a prestigious leadership program providing 14 outstanding journalists with the opportunity to refine their knowledge of gender inequality and good practice reporting on violence against women.
Through a series of retreats, Fellows:
- Deepen their knowledge of violence against women and its prevention
- Engage in conversations with peers, veteran and award-winning journalists and violence against women experts on the challenges and opportunities for advancing journalism on this topic
- Develop skills in understanding and reporting on the complexities of violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, women with disabilities, culturally and linguistically diverse women and other women who experience multiple forms of discrimination and marginalisation
- Discuss effective approaches to interviewing victims, survivors and traumatised people
- Understand common challenges, pitfalls and stumbling blocks to best-practice reporting, and develop practical techniques for producing more nuanced stories
- Build skills to support colleagues and newsrooms to engage in best practice reporting
- Provide input into the development of key national resources for reporting on this topic
- Support Our Watch to deliver a learning session in their own newsroom on best-practice reporting of violence against women to share the learnings of the Fellowship with colleagues
It is run once a year and participation in the program is free of charge.
The program is for reporters, editors, sub-editors, producers, chiefs of staff, media hosts, presenters, news directors and home page editors who have at least five years of media industry experience. Fellows can be working in print, broadcast or online journalism and from large or small organisations, including regional newsrooms. People of all genders are encouraged to apply.
The selection process is administered by the Walkley Foundation.