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The Our Watch Fellowship is a prestigious leadership program providing 16 mid-career journalists with the opportunity to refine their knowledge of gender inequality and best practice reporting on violence against women. 

Through a series of retreats, Fellows:   

  • deepen their knowledge of violence against women and their children in Australia and the role of response, secondary and primary prevention in addressing the issue 
  • understand the role of primary prevention, and the role media plays in shaping community attitudes on this issue and helping stop violence before it starts 
  • 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, migrant and refugee women and other women who experience multiple forms of discrimination and marginalisation 
  • discuss effective approaches for trauma-informed interviewing 
  • 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 bestpractice reporting    
  • 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.

Participation in the program is free of charge. 

Who should apply?

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 or as a freelancer. 

People of all genders, ages and backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

How do I apply?

The selection process is administered by the Walkley Foundation and is currently closed.

Sign up to the Our Watch newsletter for journalists to find out when applications open for the next round of the Fellowship.

What's next?

Training for journalists

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Two public figures Angela Pippos and Julie Zemiro stand close together in front of a projector screen with the Our Watch Awards logo displayed. They are both looking at the camera and smiling.