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Innovative Brian White Scholarship offered for second year


The commercial radio industry announced today that the Brian White Scholarship 2018 is open for applications. This innovative scholarship was launched last year and offers students the opportunity to work in four of Australia’s leading radio newsrooms.
 
Aspiring journalists from across Australia can submit applications for a chance to participate in the eight-week paid work attachment, consisting of two weeks each at Macquarie Media, Southern Cross Austereo, Australian Radio Network and Nova Entertainment. The program aims to give final year students or recent graduates an opportunity to work alongside senior radio journalists and gain first-hand experience of how news is sourced and broadcast.
 
Entries are judged by an industry panel. Eight finalists will be invited to attend a one-day workshop in Sydney where they will meet with commercial radio news directors: Deborah Clay (ARN), Michelle Stephenson (Nova), Erin Maher (MMR) and Natasha Jobson (SCA) to gain invaluable insights and receive feedback on their news presenting style and delivery.
 
The winner of the scholarship can choose to serve their work placement in either Sydney or Melbourne, with travel and accommodation included if they live outside these cities.
 
Joan Warner, the chief executive officer of industry body, Commercial Radio Australia, said: “The initiative was extremely successful last year with our winner, going on to be employed within the industry. “The initiative is supported by the commercial radio industry and is an investment in radio’s future. It has been a resounding success in its first year.”
 
The scholarship is named after the legendary radio broadcaster Brian White, commercial radio’s first cadet journalist, who went on to cover wars in Vietnam and the Middle East, authored a book on politics and the media, served as general manager of 3AW in Melbourne and chaired the Fitzroy Football Club.
 
Applicants can submit their entries online at www.bhwscholarship.com from today through to Friday, 13 April, with the work placement commencing in July.
 
Rachel Storer, winner of the inaugural Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) Brian White Scholarship is now employed as the full-time breakfast newsreader on Newcastle’s HIT 106.9.
 
“The Brian White Scholarship provided me with incredible experience.  It was hands on and I was learning from experienced journalists in both AM and FM newsrooms. I advise all final year or graduate communications students to apply for the scholarship.”
  
Media contact: CRA – Melissa Fleming – 0417 499 529 and Judy Shaw – 0418 415 965
 
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