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Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC): Donald McDonald Scholarship

Since 1999, the ABC has awarded an annual Scholarship to an experienced high-level ABC journalist to join the RISJ programme for three months (one term) via an internal selection process. It was renamed in honour of Donald McDonald AC on the occasion of his retirement in 2006 in recognition of his commitment to excellence in journalism. As ABC Chairman, Mr Donald McDonald AC was instrumental in the establishment of the Scholarship and provided ongoing encouragement and support for the programme and for the Scholars throughout the programme's history.

Recent Fellows and their projects:

  • Lisa Main (2015-16) Bulk Collection: Broken Democracy? Journalism and post-Snowden legislation, Comparative study: Australia and the United Kingdom
  • Kellie Riordan (2014-15) Accuracy, independence, and impartiality: How legacy media and digital natives approach standards in the digital age
  • Kellie Mayo (2012-13) New Pressures on Old Ethics: a question of confidentiality which will examine some of the extraordinary insights provided by the Leveson Inquiry in the UK into the state of the relationship between journalists and politicians
  • Damien Carrick (2011-12):Privacy, regulation and the public interest: The UK experience and the lessons it might hold for Australia
  • Greg Wilesmith (2010-11): Reporting Afghanistan and Iraq: Media, military and governments and how they influence each other

Applications are made directly to ABC.