Google, ABC News and Walkley Foundation expand journalism fellowship

The Walkley Foundation has extended its news fellowship program in a partnership with Google and ABC News  which will see two ‘creative technologists’ offered nine-week roles at the broadcaster and spaces in the Google News Lab program.

Open to professionals, undergraduate and postgraduate students, the successful applicants will work in the ABC’s Sydney or Brisbane newsrooms for nine weeks before spending a week at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California.

Matt Baker, winner of the 2016 Walkley and Google News Lab fellowship

Irene Jay Liu, APAC head of Google News Lab, told Mumbrella: “We’re looking for technologists who are passionate about journalism, if only as news junkies, to help solve problems and bring new ideas into the newsroom.”

Last year, the fellowship teamed-up with Fairfax to offer a fellowship to University of NSW academic Matt Baker, an Oxford-trained biophysicist who became involved in the radio industry as a hobby.

“During his fellowship, Matt worked on editorial projects such as this data-driven analysis of the late-night lockout laws in Sydney,” said Liu. “But his non-journalist background provided the unique perspective needed to help the paper build a recommendation tool designed to increase audience engagement.”

The project’s brief is to find two creative technologists working on telling important stories and solving problems for the newsroom including finding new ways to tell stories in a mobile-dominated world, engaging modern audiences and using new technologies in newsrooms.

Applications for the program close on October 29 and the winners are expected to be notified by mid November.


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