26 September 2023

ABC brains search for bright minds

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The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has started its search for this year’s brightest minds across science, the humanities and the arts, to give a voice to Australia’s next generation of research talent.

Head of Factual and Culture at the ABC, Jennifer Collins said applications for the 2021 intake of the ABC TOP 5 media residencies were open until 1 June, to support emerging researchers, scholars, and practitioners in sharing their work with the nation.

“Audiences are hungry for credible, reliable information and thoughtful analysis and debate about issues big and small,” Ms Collins said.

“This year’s TOP 5 Arts scheme, in partnership with the University of Melbourne and Australia Council for the Arts, has been expanded to include practitioners and scholars in music and literature, alongside visual arts, performance, design, architecture and screen,” Ms Collins said.

“The TOP 5 program is also open to early-career researchers in science in partnership with the Australian National University, and the humanities in partnership with the University of Sydney,” she said.

Ms Collins said successful applicants would receive intensive two-week media training and practical experience in residence at ABC Radio National in Sydney or Melbourne, and work alongside some of Australia’s best journalists and broadcasters.

“Great ideas and research do not operate in a vacuum,” she said.

“The ABC is committed to equipping dynamic and passionate scholars with the skills to share their knowledge and expertise with the nation,” Ms Collins said.

Information on the ABC’s Top 5 Program, including how to apply, can be accessed at this PS News link.

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