Entries now open for the coveted 2020 Brian White Scholarship

Staff Writer

Entries are now open for this year’s Brian White Scholarship.

Final year broadcast, media, communications and journalism students and recent graduates from across the country are invited to submit their applications from today (March 16).

The recipient of the 2020 scholarship, named after legendary radio broadcaster Brian White, will be awarded an eight-week paid internship working alongside radio news teams.

This will give them the opportunity to gain invaluable on the job experience while learning directly from skilled news directors, journalists and crews.

Entries for the scholarship are judged by a panel of commercial radio industry experts who will narrow applicants down to 10 finalists across two rounds of judging.

The 10 finalists will then attend a one-day workshop in Sydney, where they will develop their on-air presenting skills and meet with commercial radio news directors from Australian Radio Network, NOVA Entertainment, Southern Cross Austereo and Nine Radio.

Brian White

2019 Brian White Scholarship winner Tom Durkin

From there, the scholarship winner will be selected, with the winner announced on May 29, with the eight-week radio industry work placement to take place this July.

The scholarship recipient can choose to undertake their internship in Sydney or Melbourne, with the placement broken up into two-week periods at the participating networks.

“The Brian White Scholarship is a key initiative for the commercial radio industry, which allows us to support and develop new broadcasting talent and ultimately invest in the future of the radio industry,” said CRA chief executive Joan Warner.

“It presents a wonderful opportunity for students or recent graduates with a passion for radio to get a glimpse inside the fast-paced world of live radio and learn from some of the best in the business in the newsrooms of leading commercial radio networks.”

Previous recipients of the scholarship are Kamin Gock from Charles Sturt University, Rachel Storer from Newcastle University and Tom Durkin from Edith Cowan University.

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