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The Sean Dorney Grant for Pacific Journalism

Organisation: The Walkley Foundation

Status: Open

  • Grant
  • Advocacy & Development
  • Media support

Funding Size: $10,000

Deadline: 15/04/2024

  • Eligibility Criteria
    – Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents with working rights in Australia.;
    – If you are an Australian living abroad, you are eligible to apply. Preference in these situations will be given to applications from Australians residing in the Pacific;
    – The grant is open to journalists from all sectors, backgrounds and experience levels;
    – The grant is open to applications by both freelancers and reporters employed by media organisations;
    – Academics, public intellectuals and former journalists working in Pacific-related fields are also eligible to apply. These applicants must have a strong track record in the media as an independent voice or reporter and be able to submit examples of published work;
    – Each applicant may apply only once per year;
    – Group applications may include up to three names, with one person nominated as the primary contact.
  • Type of Funding: Programmatic
  • Target Region: Australia
  • Application Language: English

The Walkley Foundation is looking for original journalism with public interest value and impact, and which gives voice to Pacific Island perspectives on an under-reported issue or development of importance to Australia and the region.

The Sean Dorney Grant for Pacific Journalism honours the work of legendary ABC journalist Sean Dorney. In 2024, up to two grant applications will be selected.


The Sean Dorney grant aims to provide:

  • an incentive for more reporting of Pacific issues by the Australian media in all formats
  • increased opportunities for Australian journalists who cover the Pacific to develop more detailed stories on the region
  • support for Australian journalists and media outlets who want to embark on Pacific journalism for the first time
  • greater exposure and publicity for journalism that brings the stories of the Pacific islands region to Australian audiences
Funding Information

It provides for a grant of $10,000 to a journalist to produce significant content in any medium profiling issues in the Pacific region.

See here to learn more and apply.

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