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MPC Mentoring Program

Mentee application

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Frequently Asked Questions

About the program

Applications for the 2022/23 Melbourne Press Club Mentoring Program are now open.

This initiative, run in partnership with Swinburne University of Technology, offers developing journalists the opportunity to learn from experienced colleagues in a 12-month program.

Mentees are connected with senior colleagues from different media organisations, giving them the opportunity to benefit from the insights, observations and wisdom offered by those more experienced in the field.

“We are dedicated to finding compatible pairs and supporting them throughout the life of the program,” says MPC Chief Executive Cathy Bryson.

“Mentoring is a truly valuable learning experience for all involved, and opportunities like these are needed now more than ever to ensure the next generation of journalists are equipped to thrive in a challenging and evolving news media environment.”

Who can apply? 

The mentoring program is open to working journalists in Victoria with up to seven years’ experience. Journalists must be employed by a media organisation in Victoria or be actively freelancing in order to participate in the program. 

The Melbourne Press Club is committed to fostering a more diverse and inclusive Victorian media industry. We encourage applications from journalists who identify as having Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage as well as journalists from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

We encourage applications from early-career journalists working in regional Victoria.  

How do I apply?

Early career journalists can apply using the online form above. We encourage applicants to give as much detail in their responses as possible. This helps us match you with appropriate mentors. 

The program is free, however successful applicants will be expected to become members of the Melbourne Press Club.

Apply to be a mentee

Information for mentors

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact the Melbourne Press Club office at or by phone on (03) 8080 3610.

Other queries about the program can be directed to the same address.

Contact us

For specific enquiries, or if you are interested in becoming a mentor, you can also contact the Melbourne Press Club office at or by phone on (03) 8080 3610.

The MPC Mentoring Program is grateful for the support of Swinburne University of Technology in providing this program.

Apply to join the Melbourne Press Club

Membership is $85 for journalists, $110 for associate members and $40 for students.

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