Political Fellowships

Opportunities

Political Fellowships

Three fellowships worth $15,000 each, that will take place during the federal election and will be Canberra-based for Australians under the age of 30, who are passionate about media, politics and diversity.

The project aims to place 12 journalism students at different mainstream media outlets.

Fellowships are available in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Canberra, and Adelaide.

Media Diversity Australia is calling for expressions of interest from young Australians under the age of 30, who are passionate about media, politics, and diversity.

With the support of Google News Initiative, we have three fellowships worth $15 000 each, that will take place during the federal election and will be Canberra-based. 

  • -The purpose of the project is to place three young Australians in leading political bureaus, including time spent in Canberra’s Press Gallery, during the 2022 Federal Election.
  • The fellowship project will help address an obvious gap in the media: culturally diverse perspectives in the coverage of Australian federal politics. The fellowships will be a rare opportunity to work in the Press Gallery, which is often an accelerant for a young journalist’s career.
  • The six to eight-week fellowship will take place in the weeks leading up to the federal election.
  • The fellowship recipients will receive a weekly stipend of $772.60  to cover living expenses, plus a travel and accommodation allowance (where applicable for successful applicants who are not Canberra-based).
  • Fellowships will commence in early 2022 and the exact dates will be confirmed once the election is called.
  • Fellowships will take place at one major media outlet within the Press Gallery for the duration of the placement.
  • The fellowship recipients will be mentored and supported by an MDA project manager.
  • Training by Google News Initiative is also part of the fellowship.
 
WHO CAN APPLY
  • Applicants need to be under the age of 30 and able to demonstrate a keen interest in, and understanding of media, politics and diversity.
  • Applicants will come from a First Nations, culturally or linguistically diverse background, live with a disability or have an interest in growing diversity in Australia’s newsrooms.
  • Applicants do not need to have a tertiary qualification.
  • Applicants will need to have full working rights in Australia.
 
HOW TO APPLY
  • You must address all of the following to be considered for a fellowship: In 500 words or less, please tell us a bit about you, any media or politics experience you’ve had, why covering a federal election is beneficial for your career and why you should be chosen for a political fellowship.
  • Please also attach a CV and one written reference.
  • Please attach any examples of published journalism.
  • Applications open on Monday, 1 November 1 at 9 am AEST and close at 5 pm AEST on Friday, 26th November. Successful candidates will be announced in mid-December after an interview process. 

Applicants can apply by clicking here (Entries Closed). 

*Please note these fellowships are dependent on the COVID-19 situation and state and tertiary government health requirements.*

Summer Fellowships

Opportunities

Summer Fellowships

Journalism students entering their final year of media/communications studies who are keen to get industry experience at a mainstream media outlet over the summer break.

Media Diversity Australia is calling for expressions of interest from journalism students entering their final year of media/communications studies OR those who have graduated from those studies in 2022 and are keen to get industry experience at a mainstream media outlet over the summer break.

  • The project aims to place 12 final-year students or recent graduates in 12 different mainstream media outlets nationwide.
  • The Fellowship recipients will receive a weekly stipend to cover living expenses for the Fellowship duration.
  • The five-week Fellowship will take place on a full-time basis.
  • General Fellowships commence on Monday 16 January and conclude on Friday 17 February.
  • Press Gallery (ACT) Fellowships commence mid-February and conclude mid-March.
  • The Fellowship recipients will be mentored and supported by an MDA Mentor.
  • Fellowships will take place at one outlet for the duration of the placement.
  • Participating media organisations where Fellowship recipients will be placed include Channel 9, AAP, Southern Cross Austereo Radio, Network 10, The Guardian, the Australian Financial Review and Fairfax Media.

 

HOW TO APPLY
  • Applicants must be final-year communications/media students (entering the final year of study in 2022) and covered by their tertiary institution’s insurance for internships, OR a 2022 graduate.
  • Applicants will come from a culturally or linguistically diverse background or are interested in growing cultural and linguistic diversity in Australia’s newsrooms.
  • You must address all of the following to be considered for an internship:
    In 500 words or less, please tell us a bit about you, any media industry experience you’ve had, what mediums you are most interested in working with, what stories are of interest to you, and why you should be an MDA Summer Fellow.
  • Please also attach a CV and one written reference.
  • Please attach any examples of published journalism, even if this is through your university’s newsroom.
  • Applications open on Friday, October 14 at 9 am AEST and close at 5 pm AEST on Friday 11 November. Successful candidates will be announced in early December after an interview process.

If this sounds like you, please apply now.

Applicants can apply by clicking here (Entries Closed).

*Please note these internships are dependent on the COVID-19 situation and NSW Health requirements.*

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Women Of Colour Mentorships

Opportunities

Women Of Colour Mentorships

Mid-career women journalists of First Nations and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to undertake a 12-month program to help pave a pathway into leadership roles.

Media Diversity Australia is calling for expressions of interest from mid-career, women journalists of First Nations and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to undertake a 12-month program to help pave a pathway for them into leadership roles.

  • This program is designed to empower First Nations and culturally and linguistically diverse women journalists and provide them with the requisite knowledge and skills to navigate climbing the ranks of editorial leadership.
  • The ten (10) Mentorships will be Australia-wide (two of the 10 successful Mentees will be University of Melbourne and Monash University alumni).
  • Mentees will undertake a rigorous selection criteria process based on skill set, experience, personality, cultural fit, and geographical location.
  • Once accepted, each applicant will be matched with the right Mentor.
  • MDA will facilitate multiple online meetings between Mentors and Mentees before commencing the 12-month Mentorship program to ensure a smooth onboarding process.
  • The Mentorships are scheduled to commence in mid-2022.
  • The Mentorship recipients will be mentored and supported by an MDA Project Manager.
  • Mentorships will take place with one mentor connected to one media outlet for the duration of the placement.

 THE 12-MONTH PROGRAM WILL INCLUDE

  • Multiple in-person sessions with their Mentor in their respective workplace.
  • Multiple online workshops with individual Mentors.
  • Multiple online workshops with all Mentors focusing on professional development, leadership skills, presentation skills, compelling storytelling, and insights into effective editorial processes.
  • An opportunity to attend and speak at an MDA networking event and/or be featured in MDA’s monthly newsletter.

HOW TO APPLY

  • Applicants must be early to mid-career journalists or media professionals.
  • Applicants will come from a First Nations or culturally or linguistically diverse background or have an interest in growing First Nations and cultural and linguistic diversity in Australia’s newsrooms (please note: the term “women of colour” denotes a  woman belonging to a racial group not categorised as white). 
  • You must address all of the following to be considered for this program: 
    In 500 words or less, please tell us a bit about you, your media industry experience, your leadership aspirations, and why you should be an MDA Mentee.
  • Please also attach a CV and at least one written reference.
  • Applications open on Friday, March 4, 2022, at 9 am AEDT and close on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at 5 pm AEST. 
  • Successful candidates will be announced in June 2022 after an interview process.

Applicants can apply by clicking here (Entries Closed). 

Chinese-Australian Journalism Secondment

Opportunities

Chinese-Australian Journalism Secondment

Early to mid-career Australians of Chinese heritage with experience or an interest in journalism to undertake an eight-week program working in mainstream newsrooms.

Media Diversity Australia is calling for expressions of interest from early to mid-career Australians of Chinese heritage with experience or an interest in working in journalism, to undertake an eight-week program working in mainstream newsrooms.

  • The program is designed to improve journalism coverage of Chinese communities in Australia, by increasing the number of journalists with strong Chinese cultural connections. 
  • It will provide Chinese-Australian professionals with the knowledge and skills to navigate climbing the ranks of editorial leadership, and mid-career Chinese-Australians working in other professions with flexible journalism work that may lead to a potential career pivot.
  • The three (3) secondments will take place in Australian major cities.
  • Secondees will undertake a rigorous selection criteria process based on skill set, experience, personality, cultural fit, and geographical location.
  • Once confirmed, each Secondee will be matched with a mainstream newsroom to arrange working hours that are mutually beneficial.
  • Any content produced by secondees and published by participating newsrooms will be free of the oversight or influence of any government agencies.
  • The secondments are scheduled to commence in September 2022.
  • The secondment recipients will be mentored and supported by an MDA Mentor.

THE EIGHT-WEEK PROGRAM WILL INCLUDE

  • Working in mainstream Australian newsrooms on weekdays, after hours, or on weekends in agreement with applicants and newsrooms.
  • Networking (virtual) sessions between secondees and Media Diversity Australia
  • Multiple check-ins with MDA mentors throughout the eight-week placement
  • “Getting to know you” profiles on MDA’s social media
  • Google News Training sessions
  • Opportunities to attend and speak at an MDA networking event and/or be featured in MDA’s monthly newsletter.
  • Competitive weekly stipend for the duration of the Secondment.

EXPECTED PROJECT OUTCOMES

  • Content produced by Secondees will be at the host newsroom’s discretion. Stories pitched by Secondees on China and geopolitical affairs and those affecting the Chinese-Australian community will be specially considered. 
  • Better relations between Chinese communities, community media and mainstream media outlets.
  • Improvement in the host newsroom’s access to the Chinese-Australian community.
  • Increased diversity in the host newsroom’s commentary and interview subjects on stories relevant to the diverse Chinese-Australian communities.
  • New pathways for community media journalists, professionals with strong writing and presentation skills, and interest in news and current affairs to enter the mainstream media with improved knowledge and understanding of mainstream media and journalism.

HOW TO APPLY

  • Applicants must have the right to work in Australia and provide evidence if requested.
  • Applicants will ideally have Chinese heritage
  • Applicants will preferably be proficient in Mandarin or Cantonese
  • Applicants will preferably have experience working in community media, new media or demonstrated strong writing or presentation skills
  • You must address all of the following to be considered for this program:
  • In 500 words or less, please tell us about you, your media and communication experience, your interest in China or Chinese diaspora story ideas, your leadership qualities and aspirations, and why you should be an MDA Secondee.
  • Please attach a CV and at least one written reference.
  • Applications open on Friday, July 1, 2022, at 9 am AEDT and close on Friday, August 12, 2022, at 5 pm AEST. 
  • Successful candidates will be announced in August 2022 after an interview process.

Applicants can apply by clicking here (Entries Closed). 

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