Brian White Scholarship winner announced

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Kamin Gock has won the Brian White Scholarship for Radio Journalism.

Charles Sturt University Student Gock beat out a tough field of eight student finalists for the award, winning an eight-week paid work attachment in Sydney.

He’ll spend two weeks at each of Macquarie Media, Southern Cross Austereo, Australian Radio Network and NOVA Entertainment.

“This is a truly amazing opportunity, I’m so thankful and can’t wait to make the most of the scholarship,” said Gock.

“My long term goal is to become a well-rounded, credible journalist who makes a positive difference in the industry through objective and investigative reporting.”

The eight finalists attended a news workshop at SCA in Sydney last week, and were set tasks by commercial news directors Deborah Clay (ARN), Michelle Stephenson (Nova), Erin Maher (MMR) and Natasha Jobson (SCA).

“We received a high calibre of applicants this year for the Brian White scholarship and Kamin Gock stood out as a journalist with outstanding potential for radio news,” said Clay.

“From presenting to writing and editing scripts to compiling a report, Kamin relished every opportunity thrown his way and asked the right questions.

“I look forward to seeing how his skills are further developed through the Brian White Scholarship, an important initiative offered by Commercial Radio Australia.”

The scholarship is named for trailblazer and legendary broadcaster Brian White, who was commercial radio’s first cadet journalist and would go on cover wars in Vietnam and the Middle East and served as general manager of 3AW.

“The scholarship gives aspiring journalists an opportunity to learn from senior radio journalists and gain first-hand experience of how news is sourced and broadcast. Our first scholarship winner gained fulltime employment following the work attachment,” added CRA chief executive officer Joan Warner.

“We look forward to the continued success of the scholarship.”

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