The Media Mentorship is currently being updated and more details for the 2020 program will be available from February 2020. This page provides information on the program 2012-2019
SBS Media Mentorship
Macquarie University, in partnership with SBS, NITV and the Ethnic Communities' Council of New South Wales (ECC NSW) offers a practical and dynamic Media Mentorship program for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD), Indigenous and low SES students enrolled in a media degree at Macquarie University. The purpose of the program is to address access & equity issues for these students, to boost their employability upon graduation so they can contribute to the diversification of the Australian media.
The SBS Media Mentorship Program is an initiative of SBS, NITV, the Ethnic Communities' Council of NSW and Macquarie University and is partly funded by the Commonwealth Government's Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) and Macquarie University.
Media Mentorship Program: Success Stories
What does the Mentorship involve?
A three year program designed to run alongside the students' degree the SBS Media Mentorship will assist you with your professional development, equip you with hands-on skills in television, online and radio, will provide networking opportunities to build your media contacts and will assist you in building a portfolio of work - all of which will help you establish a successful career in media.
- In First Year you will attend camera, radio and career workshops, be invited to networking events as well as an interstate trip.
- In Second Year you will engage in further skill development workshops and participate in a multimedia Community Project in association with the ECC NSW. If you have successfully completed the first two years of the program you will be eligible to participate in Third Year.
- In Third Year you will undertake a short-term work placement at SBS, NITV, ABC, Network 10 or nextmedia (which will form part of the Media Internship unit MAS350).
What is the Mentorship actually like?
The SBS Media Mentorship brings together a group of like-minded and diverse individuals to experience something out of the ordinary. Over the course of the program, students get to know each other as well as staff at Macquarie, SBS, NITV and the Ethnic Communities' Council of NSW, ABC Compass, nextmedia, Network 10 and the community. Wherever possible the program also tries to provide students with additional tools to assist them open the doors to a media career. Mentees come from all over Sydney, from many different backgrounds, with different personal skills and attributes. SBS Media Mentorship program is designed to supplement academic study and it is a relatively busy and fun schedule throughout the year.
To learn more about students' first-hand impressions of SBS Media Mentorship, have a read of Melinda's, Mridula's and Dayvis's recounts of what the program has been like for them. To meet some of the mentees currently participating in the program please visit https://mediamentorship.org/2019-2021-mentees
Success stories so far...
We are proud of all our mentees and have seen them grow throughout the program. One of our first program graduates was Tahmina Ansari, who secured an ABC Cadetship in 2013, won the NSW Young Journalist of the Year at the Premier's Multicultural Media Awards in 2015 and has gone on to work both internationally and in Australia as a multi platform journalist. Joshua Dang who graduated in 2014 is an award winning filmmaker and is enjoying a successful career in advertising. 2015 graduate Mridula Amin worked in a variety of researcher/journalist roles at SBS before moving to the ABC and is now working as a reporter for the ABC NSW newsroom with a focus on investigations/features focused on diverse communities. Jonathan Bernard, who graduated in 2016, is now working as a multimedia sports journalist for SBS whilst Indigenous mentee Dayvis Heyne who graduated in 2017, successfully secured an ABC Cadetship in 2018 and is now working as a Features Reporter for the ABC. This is just a snapshot of our success stories - with a rate of over 70% for graduates currently working in the media, so many of our mentees are doing well. We look forward to seeing where they all go next!
How to apply
Applications for the 2019 program are now closed, applications for the 2020 program open in February 2020 and application forms and information will be available on this page at that time.
Media Mentorship Productions
Hear what the students have to say
2017 ECC NSW Community Project
In association with our program partner ECC NSW, the Community Project connects Second Year Mentees with local ethnic community groups and organisations to produce a media project. This might be a social media campaign, website design, video or radio production, marketing strategy or other media related project. From the first client meeting to delivery, the Media Mentorship production crew works together to deliver a professional product.