Do you want a greater role in the public discussion of issues critical to Australian communities? And can you contribute your professional expertise to the media’s coverage of national and international topics?
The Judith Neilson Institute and Media Diversity Australia invite outstanding individuals to apply for an exciting new initiative that will strengthen the ability of people from diverse backgrounds to participate in the national conversation.
Over 12 months, the Community Voices program will provide you with sustained, intensive training, support and experience to help you engage effectively with the media and participate in public life.
You will be trained across different mediums including TV, radio and print interviews and communicating well on social media. You will learn how newsrooms make editorial decisions, how to pitch yourself to media organisations and how to manage the pressure that comes with a public profile. You will get the opportunity to use these new skills in live media situations that will build your experience.
Participants will be coached by a project team with deep expertise in both working in the media and also engaging with diverse communities. The program comprises Jim Carroll, the former Director of News and Current Affairs at SBS, Antoinette Lattouf, a senior journalist at Ten and Director of Media Diversity Australia, and Ky Chow, a freelance journalist and media consultant and Professional Development Director at Media Diversity Australia.
You don’t need media experience to apply and there is no age limit. We are seeking applications from people of diverse ethnic, religious, linguistic, professional and socio-economic backgrounds and different political and cultural outlooks. Successful applicants will be chosen based on their potential media talent and also their close connections to and deep understanding of their communities.
The program will be an intensive one. Participants should reside in NSW as you will be required to attend monthly group and training sessions in person (subject to COVID-19 restrictions). Most sessions will be conducted at the Judith Neilson Institute’s headquarters in Chippendale, NSW. We’ll provide a modest travel allowance.
As far as practicable, we will time sessions to fit around participants’ professional and personal lives. The program may include evening and weekend sessions and you should expect to give a time commitment of 6–8 hours per month.
Applications close at 11:59PM on Wednesday, 9 December, 2020.