Applications Now Open for YMCA Youth Press Gallery Young Journalists Wanted!

12-Mar-2019 10:35 AM

Applications for the sixth YMCA Youth Parliament Press Gallery are now open! The program, delivered in partnership with the Victorian Government, will give young people the opportunity to be trained, mentored and supported to report on the events and outcomes of the YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament.

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 with extensive training in areas such as media writing, interview technique, photographic requirements, media ethics and pitching stories in a competitive environment - all against a backdrop of working to tight deadlines in the actual State Parliament Press Gallery.

The program will also involve participants attending a training camp in May and participating in workshops delivered by political journalists and media industry specialists. This program provides valuable insights and training to empower young people to become further involved in the media industry. Several participants now work within the industry both in Australia and abroad.

Individuals can take part in the YMCA Press Gallery by completing an application form online at:

Applications for the YMCA Youth Parliament Press Gallery close Sunday May 6, 2018.
Quote attributable to Minister for Youth, Gabrielle Williams:
“It’s incredibly valuable for budding young journalists to get the chance to hone their skills, gain real-world experience, learn how parliament works and see their work published through the Youth Press Gallery program.”

Quotes attributable to Youth Governor of Victoria, Olivia Beasley:
“I am thrilled to see YMCA Youth Press Gallery entering its sixth year. Over the past five years they have provided astounding coverage of the YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament.”
“The program gives many aspiring journalists unique professional journalism experience and the opportunity to write about the issues that matter to young people.”
“The YMCA Youth Press Gallery demonstrates that young people want to have their voices heard in the Victorian media landscape.”
For more information, on air interviews, photo opportunities or supplied images, please contact:
Hannah Andrews                                         0425 885 412
Press Gallery Program Director