Media Release – 11th April 2017
Budding Journalists Wanted!
Applications for the fourth YMCA Victoria Youth Press Gallery are now open!
The program, developed in partnership with the Victorian Government and Monash University’s School of Media, Film and Journalism, will give young people the opportunity to be trained, mentored and supported to produce content which promotes the events and outcomes of the YMCA Youth Parliament Program.
Applications are open to all Victorians aged 16-25 currently studying or with an interest in journalism or media studies.
The program will provide up to 20 young people extensive training in areas such as media writing, interviewing techniques and pitching editorials and journalistic articles in a competitive environment – all against a backdrop of working to tight deadlines.
The program will involve participants attending a training camp in May and participating in workshops throughout April, May and June, delivered by political journalists and Monash University journalism academics. This program give valuable insight and training to empower young people to get further involved in the industry. Past participants have gone on to free-lance journalism as well as full-time journalism work, both here and abroad and even gone on to win a coveted Melbourne Press Club Awards.
Individuals can take part in the YMCA Press Gallery by completing an application form online at http://www.vicyouth.ymca.org.au/programs/youth-parliament/youth-press-gallery.html
Applications for the YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament Press Gallery close Sunday 30th April, 2017.
Quote attributable to Minister for Youth Affairs, Jenny Mikakos:
“I’d encourage all budding journalists to apply for the YMCA Youth Press Gallery program, which gives young people a chance to learn more about this vital industry and may even prove the beginning of a career in the Spring Street press gallery.”
Quotes attributable to the YMCA Victoria’s CEO, Peter Burns:
“Now in its fourth year, the YMCA Youth Parliament Press Gallery program provides professional industry insight and training for young Victorians interested in politics and journalism. The program helps to amplify the voice of young Victorians, allowing issues important to young people to be to heard and understood by the wider community.”
“The YMCA Youth Parliament Press Gallery program gives young people interested in journalism valuable skills, experiences and networks for the workforce.”