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Our Watch Fellowship

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Applications for the 2022 Our Watch Fellowship open on Wednesday 27 April 2022. Apply via The Walkley Foundation website.

Applications close midnight Wednesday 18 May 2022. For enquiries please email gemma.courtney@walkleys.com.

The Our Watch Fellowship Program is delivered in partnership with the Walkley Foundation. This is a prestigious leadership opportunity for 16 outstanding journalists that will take place over three retreats in 2022.

Fellows will have the opportunity to learn best-practice reporting on violence against women, sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace and build on their knowledge on gender inequality.

Through a series of retreats, Fellows:

  • deepen their knowledge of violence against women and its prevention
  • build their capacity to report on and understand sexual harassment and violence against women in the workplace
  • 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 sexual harassment and violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, women with disabilities, migrant and refugee women and women who experience multiple forms of discrimination
  • discuss trauma-informed approaches to 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 best-practice 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.

The Fellowship Program will be delivered as a series of retreats between July and October 2022.  Retreat dates are a two-day commitment and will be delivered in a COVID-safe manner.

Retreat 1

23 and 24 July 2022 (in person, Melbourne)

Retreat 2

23 and 24 August 2022 (hybrid event, online or in person, Melbourne)

Retreat 3

19 and 20 October 2022 (in person, Sydney)

It is free to apply for the Fellowship. For in-person retreats, expenses including flights and accommodation will be provided.

Read about previous Our Watch Fellows from 2019 or the Our Watch Fellows from 2021 here.

Who should apply?

The program is for reporters, editors, sub-editors, producers, chiefs of staff, media hosts, presenters, news directors and digital 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. 

The Our Watch Fellowship Program aims to have a mix of journalists from mainstream media, commercial, independent/alternative media and community media. 

How do I apply?

The selection process is run by The Walkley Foundation.

For more information on the Fellowship and details on how to apply, please visit The Walkley Foundation Our Watch Fellowship page.


What's next?

Training for journalists