AFL Rookie Reporter Program | Youth Central

Applications for the 2018 AFL Youth Central Rookie Reporter program are now open.

The AFL Youth Central Rookie Reporter Program gives two young people the chance at a voluntary internship position with AFL Media.

The Rookie Reporter Program is a great opportunity to work alongside senior AFL reporters and editors to cover various aspects of the game for the AFL website, AFL App and AFL Record.

The internship is open to:

  • young Victorians studying journalism (or an equivalent course)
  • young Victorians who have a qualification in journalism (or an equivalent qualification).

The internship will run for six months from March 2018 through to the end of the 2018 football season. Each participant will work one day a week for four hours. 

Interns will make invaluable contacts and tap into the knowledge and practical skills of experienced sports journalists and editors.

Established in 2012, the Youth Central AFL Rookie Reporter Program gives aspiring journalists an opportunity to learn from some of the best sports reporters and editors in the country.

Applications for the 2018 intake are now open

For more information and to apply continue to the AFL Youth Central Rookie Reporter program Application Form (new window).

Applications close midnight, Friday, 12 January 2018.

Past participants

More than half of our 13 graduates have found ongoing work in sports media, with six working with AFL Media in some capacity in 2017. One of our graduates, Dinny Navaratnam (2015), became a full-time member of the AFL Media content team in 2016.

Other graduates have used their time with AFL Media to hone their skills before finding work in other reputable media roles. Susie Giese (2014) is a sports reporter with the Warrnambool Standard newspaper group and Conor Walsh (2017) is a content producer in Essendon Football Club’s media team.

More information

If you have any questions about this program, you can contact Youth Central at