The ABC Pitch

UNESCO Chair in Journalism and Communication Prof Peter Greste, the ABC and UQ’s School of Communication and Arts are excited to announce The ABC Pitch. UQ journalism and postgrad communication students are invited to pitch their story ideas to a panel of producers at the ABC.

The winning students will have the opportunity to intern with the best in the industry in developing and producing their story idea across Australia’s largest news network. These stories will be multi-platform reaching people in every corner of Australia and beyond.

Story ideas can come from a variety of sources including coursework and what we encounter in day to day life. This is an opportunity for you to build upon what you are learning in your journalism at UQ and to pitch the ideas you come up with in your journalism study.

To be considered for The ABC Pitch, you need to be enrolled in the UQ Bachelor of Journalism degree or the Bachelor of Arts Journalism and Mass Communication major, or a Communication postgraduate program (Grad Cert; Grad Dip; Masters).

With years of reporting from the world’s trouble spots for the likes of CNN, Reuters, the BBC and Al Jazeera, UQ’s Prof Peter Greste knows a good story. He also understands the importance of getting the right start in journalism if you are going to have a career to remember. In coming to UQ Prof Greste brings unrivalled industry connections that are set to benefit the School of Communication and Arts students. The ABC Pitch is the first in series of projects spearheaded by Prof Greste that will give our students a unique opportunity in moving forward and creating meaningful change.  

For more information, please contact Richard Murray:

Working with Prof Greste to evaluate the pitches are some of ABC Queensland's top journalists and producers.

Links to ABC Pitch published works by finalists Sarah Matthews and Zoe Coleman:



Key Dates:

Wednesday March 27, 4:30pm-6:00pm – Information session in the Digital Learning Space (DLS), 2nd Floor, Joyce Ackroyd Building (Building #37). This is also a chance to talk to Prof Peter Greste and a panel of producers from the ABC. You will also have the opportunity to hear from successful ABC Pitch students from last semester.

Download Template

Wednesday April 10 – deadline for written versions of the pitches to submitted to Please note, your pitches must conform to the ABC template. 

Wednesday April 17, 4:30pm-6:00pm – Preliminary Pitch in the DLS.

Tuesday May 21, 6pm-8pm – The ABC Pitch Final, ABC, Southbank.

The Information Session and the Preliminary Pitch present the ultimate opportunity for you to rub shoulders with Peter Greste and some of the finest editorial talent at ABC Queensland. Don’t miss out on this opportunity. The ball is your court.