Bringing power to your story

The world of news is changing and so is the way we tell our stories. The award-winning Digital News Academy equips journalists and editors with up-to-the-minute tools, techniques and insights required to succeed, now and into the future.

A powerful collaboration

News Corp Australia, Google and Melbourne Business School have joined forces to launch the Digital News Academy, the first partnership of its kind in the world to offer a curriculum dedicated to digital storytelling, designed for the working journalist. Combining deep expertise in journalism, technology and education, these forward-thinking organisations give participants unique access to a range of national leaders and global experts.

Anna Wolf – ACM, Editor, Hunter Communities

For me the Digital News Academy has really put a positive focus on what’s possible – it’s telling us where the growth lies and how we can expand.

Anna Wolf – ACM, Editor, Hunter Communities

Brittany Carlson – NCA, Digital Journalist/Reporter

The Digital News Academy has already been such a great asset to my new career. At university, I never had the chance to meet with such leading industry professionals and the assignments given directly relate to my everyday job.

Brittany Carlson – NCA, Digital Journalist/Reporter

Reece Harley – National Indigenous Times, Chief Operations Officer

The Digital News Academy has led to one of our Academy participants travelling to New York to document a group of Indigenous fashion designers as they grow their brand on the world stage. The success of the program has furthered the National Indigenous Times’ digital storytelling aspirations.

Reece Harley – National Indigenous Times, Chief Operations Officer

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A powerful panel of experts

Each year, 250 journalists, editors and publishers from News Corp and other participating news organisations – more than 20 joined in 2022 – will attend a nine-month virtual program, split into three modules. They will be mentored by leading digital media experts from Australia and around the world.

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Campbell Reid

News Corp AustraliaSydney, Australia
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Sonja Heydeman

Academy Director, Digital News AcademyMelbourne, Australia
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Rod Savage

News Corp AustraliaAdelaide, Australia
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Jason van Genderen

Treehouse CreativeSydney, Australia
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Miguel D’Souza

News Corp AustraliaSydney, Australia
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Stephanie Hunt

StoryfulSydney, Australia
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Julia Munslow

The Wall Street JournalNew York, USA
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Dougal Shaw

BBCLondon, UK
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Dan Petrie

News Corp AustraliaBrisbane, Australia
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MaryJo Webster

Star TribuneMinneapolis, USA
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Yusuf Omar

SeenGold Coast, Australia
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Eoghan Sweeney

Digital media consultantBerlin, Germany
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Mike Castellucci

Michigan State University/WKAR (PBS)Dallas and Michigan, USA
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Tom Calver

The Times and The Sunday Times London, UK
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Helena Bengtsson

Gota MediaStockholm, Sweden
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Uma Patel

Google News LabSydney, Australia
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Peter Judd

News Corp AustraliaMelbourne, Australia
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Lena K Samuelsson

AftonbladetStockholm, Sweden
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Laura Jayes

Sky News AustraliaSydney, Australia
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Jessica Espinasse

News Corp AustraliaSydney, Australia
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David McCandless

Information is BeautifulLondon, UK
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Jonty Burton

News Corp AustraliaMelbourne, Australia
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Simon Kuestenmacher

The Demographics GroupMelbourne, Australia
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Tom Connell

Sky News AustraliaCanberra, Australia
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Kate McDonald

StoryfulSydney, Australia
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Tom Winch

News Corp AustraliaMelbourne, Australia
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Soraiya Fuda

News Corp AustraliaSydney, Australia
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Eleni Paneras

News Corp AustraliaSydney, Australia
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A powerful curriculum

The Academy shows learners how cutting-edge technologies can be used to enhance their practice.

Ranging from multimedia, vertical storytelling, data journalism, and verification to in-depth investigative reporting, participants hear from some of the best practitioners in Australia and the world, drawn from the news industry and Google's global talent pool.

Learners graduate with knowledge of how the business of journalism works, including audience engagement and ways to attract new audiences.

The Digital News Academy's commitment is to provide the toolkit, skillset and mindset that help journalism practitioners at all levels of the profession discover what’s new and what’s possible, through an innovative learning approach and a supportive environment.

The program includes vibrant self-paced interactive content, delivered by a cutting-edge mobile phone app designed for busy journalists on the go, and the chance to learn in live virtual environments with and from peers from newsrooms across the country.

There are also two high-profile in-person events each year – the US Study Tour for 20 learners, and an all-in live learning event hosted in an Australian capital city where learners get to meet up, share ideas and experience the best of the Academy in person.

The Digital News Academy is an exciting, world-leading approach to developing today’s journalists and fostering future industry leaders.

Global Recognition

In its first year of operation, the Digital News Academy won gold at the prestigious international Chief Learning Officer Learning in Practice Awards, in the category “Excellence in Academic Partnerships”. Announced in Chicago in October, 2022, the awards recognise learning leaders and organisations who demonstrate excellence in the design and delivery of employee development programs through a combination of qualities such as leadership, vision, business acumen and strategic alignment.

The Academy was also a finalist in the 2022 University of Melbourne Faculty of Business and Economics & Melbourne Business School Deans' Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Awards.

Driven by powerful insights


overall uplift in mobile journalism as a result of the Digital News Academy*

* Based on a total of 108 learners who responded to an MBS impact survey.


of Australian news consumers use a mobile phone as their main device for accessing news online.


identify Digital News Academy journalism practices as useful to their work *

* Based on a total of 108 learners who responded to an MBS impact survey.

Hedley Thomas – National Chief Correspondent, The Australian

Podcasting has taught an old dog new digital tricks in long-form investigative journalism. It’s the most dynamic way I can make a profound difference to try to solve serious crime.

Hedley Thomas – National Chief Correspondent, The Australian