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Partnering with the Walkley Foundation to train Australian journalists



The Walkley Foundation has been fostering innovation in Australian news gathering and storytelling for decades and we couldn’t think of a better partner for the Google News Initiative, which aims to provide free training for up to 4,000 journalists and students in Australia and New Zealand.

This week we announced a partnership the Walkley Foundation to develop a training network across Australia to support a sustainable future for journalists and make sure that journalists and media organisations have the digital skills to succeed at their craft.

We have worked with the Walkley Foundation since 2013 to deliver a wide range of programs and activities to help ensure the long-term viability and sustainability of journalism. 

Walkleys chief executive Louisa Graham said the program supports the Walkleys’ mission to support a sustainable future for journalists, connecting Australian and New Zealand newsrooms, journalists and students with this free training to boost their skills for digital reporting and verification.

Photo of Nic Hopkins, Google News Lab Lead for Australia and New Zealand, with Walkley Foundation CEO Louisa Graham and Matt Cooke, News Lab Head of Partnerships and Training

Nic Hopkins, Google News Lab Lead for Australia and New Zealand, with Walkley Foundation CEO Louisa Graham and Matt Cooke, News Lab Head of Partnerships and Training

Earlier this month, The Walkley Foundation appointed John Bergin, former digital editor at SBS and director of digital news at the Australian News Channel, to manage its Google News Initiative training program.

The training will help journalists to understand how to use online tools that refine information and analyse trends, how to use satellite imagery to enhance your storytelling and develop insights to connect content with audiences and to make it more discoverable.

For more information check out the Google News Initiative or contact the Walkley Foundation to register your interest here.