Become an AFL Reporter

Monday, October 22, 2012

Rookie sports reporters looking to cut their teeth in the AFL arena have a fantastic opportunity ahead of them thanks to a new program.

Applications close on December 7, 2012

Minister for Youth Affairs Ryan Smith said five young people would be recruited for a voluntary internship position through the AFL Youth Central Rookie Reporter program.

Mr Smith said the internship would give participants the opportunity to work alongside senior AFL reporters and editors, reporting on and covering various aspects of the game for the AFL website.

"This is a fantastic chance for aspiring sports journalists to gain experience and mentoring in the field, while developing a solid portfolio to help with future employment prospects."

Mr Smith said the internships run for the duration of the football season and enable participants to write a variety of news stories for as well as access behind the scenes to see how a digital media outlet works.

AFL Chief Operating Officer, Gillon McLachlan welcomed the joint program and said he anticipated there would be healthy competition for the five places from budding journalists with a passion for Australian football.

"Digital news reporting is a rapidly growing medium and the AFL website is proving increasingly popular as a source for news and analysis of all aspects of AFL football," Mr McLachlan said.

"The AFL Youth Central Rookie Reporter program gives young reporters a chance to get a feel for the demands of modern online reporting with a website that celebrates Australia's most popular sport."

Applicants must be a Victorian resident between the ages of 18 to 25 and have recently completed or be currently studying a journalism course at university or TAFE.

Interested applicants can complete the form which is available from the Youth Central website, along with details about the internships and application process. Applications  close on December 7, 2012.

For more information about the AFL Youthcentral Rookie Reporter program visit


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