The Victorian Multicultural Commission - Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Internship Program supports young journalists and storytellers from culturally diverse backgrounds to gain critical experience in the highly competitive media industry and contribute to more inclusive media narratives.
Why diversity in journalism is important
Almost half of Victoria’s residents were born overseas or have a parent who was born overseas, yet people from non-English speaking backgrounds are still underrepresented in the media, both in the spotlight and behind the scenes.
Culturally diverse staff in news organisations bring lived experience, cultural context and perspective to media narratives. Diverse newsrooms help ensure that media organisations tell the widest possible range of stories so that they better reflect our state’s diversity.
VMC - ABC Internship Program
Recognising the importance of increasing diversity in media organisations, the VMC worked together with the ABC to develop an exciting paid internship program for young storytellers.
During 2018 and 2019, three young people were given an opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience and on-the-job training across the state over a 12 week period, including undertaking rotations in the ABC’s metro news production, metro radio and regional teams.
The VMC offered additional support to each successful candidate with a skills audit and the establishment of career development goals, as well as supervision and mentoring opportunities.