BDmag’s resident writer Georgie Desailly has been selected as one of ten journalists from across Australia for the 2024 Walkley Mentorship Program.
The program matches selected mentees with mentors with relevant experience, based on selected mentees’ career goals and desired areas of development, for one-on-one sessions over the course of a year.
Walkley Foundation CEO Shona Martyn says the benefit of the program cannot be understated.
“There is immense benefit for mid-career journalists in being part of a mentoring program tailored to their individual needs,” says Ms Martyn.
“The Walkley Mentorship program offers that opportunity and also allows experienced journalists who would like to “give back” the chance to share their practical experience and wisdom.”
Georgie has been matched with award-winning investigative journalist Lionel Faull and says she is thrilled to be part of an incredibly talent cohort.
“I’m really looking forward to continuing to hone my journalism skills under the guidance of Lionel who has incredible journalism experience across the globe,” says Georgie.
“It’s also a great opportunity to showcase regional stories, particularly as I’m writing a book that tells the stories of 10 incredible refugees who have resettled in Townsville.”
BDmag Editor Julie Johnston says it’s a great investment for regional journalism.
“We’re absolutely thrilled for Georgie and know that this mentorship program will help her build her journalism skills and make new connections that will support her as she continues to build her career,” says Julie.
“It also shows there is a deep desire within the media industry to support regional journalism and the importance of developing skills within publications like BDmag.
“In her mentoring sessions, Georgie will be able to seek advice and constructive feedback on her work with BDmag, which will be a great benefit to us all.”