The 2020 Walkley Grants for Freelance Journalism will open for applications on March 2 to Australian freelance journalists (as individuals or small groups).
A $75,000 pool (including $50,000 from the Walkley Public Fund for Journalism and $25,000 from Twitter Australia) will be awarded to support the production of public interest journalism.
The grants are to support public interest journalism on the theme of “Reporting Regional Australia”. Projects must be pitched with a commitment from a publisher or broadcaster to edit and publish the story.
Projects can be pitched in any format (including investigations, news stories or features, but not essays or opinion) and on any media platform (including text, photojournalism, data journalism, podcast, video, illustration and multi-platform projects).
Grants will be awarded, based on merit, to cover reporting costs directly related to the project (which may include reporters’ time, travel, research and support). Don’t be afraid to think big, but be realistic about the costs. The judges are seeking stories that make an impact, and distribution is critical to that: applicants should be clear about who their intended audience is, what they will learn and how the story can reach them.
It is free to apply. Applications close at midnight Sunday April 26, 2020. The projects selected for funding will be announced on June 17 at the Walkley Mid Year Celebration of Journalism.
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