Tom Durkin wins 2019 Brian White Scholarship

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Commercial Radio Australia has announced that Tom Durkin is the winner of the Brian White Scholarship for 2019.

The Edith Cowan University student wins an eight-week paid internship in Sydney. He’ll spend two weeks each at leading broadcasters including Macquarie Media, Southern Cross Austereo, Australian Radio Network and NOVA Entertainment.

“I have always dreamed of having a career in news radio. I am thrilled and very grateful that I will be starting my career with the Brian White Scholarship,” Tom said.

Tom attended a news workshop with the nine other finalists in on May 24 at SCA Sydney.

There, Deborah Clay (ARN), Michelle Stephenson (NOVA), Erin Maher (Macquarie Media) and Natasha Jobson (SCA) shared insights about the journalism industry and set several tasks for judging.

The judges awarded the scholarship to Tom thanks to his exceptional knowledge of the radio news industry and his ability to write a professional news script in a short period of time.

We want to congratulate Tom and all the finalists on their amazing efforts. To make it this far in the selection process is an exceptional achievement for all the aspiring journalists,” said CRA chief executive officer Joan Warner.

“This will be a unique opportunity for Tom to experience what it’s like to work in a dynamic radio newsroom and assist with producing live breaking news for millions of listeners.”

Tom will commence his internship on June 17

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