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Industry experience for emerging broadcaster

Monday, 03 June 2019


An ECU Broadcasting student is set to kick start his career with not one but four industry placements with leading Sydney radio stations.

Tom Durkin is the winner of the 2019 Brian White Scholarship from Commercial Radio Australia. He was among four ECU Graduate Diploma of Broadcasting students (Elliot Chipper, Samantha Goerling, Tom Durkin and Danica Lamb) announced as finalists in a small group of 10 students selected nationally.

Tom Durkin’s industry knowledge and ability to write news under pressure was cited as reasons for the win.

As winner of the scholarship Tom will have two-week placements at Macquarie Media, Southern Cross Austereo, Australian Radio Network and NOVA Entertainment for a total of eight weeks.

Tom said he is very proud to have been given this opportunity and believes it will give his journalism career a kick start.

“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,” he said.

What made him stand out?

The 10 finalists attended a workshop in Sydney where commercial radio News Directors 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.

All of the radio news directors were impressed by the skills of the finalists, however Tom was named winner due to his exceptional knowledge of the radio news industry and his ability to write a professional news script in a short period of time.

Joan Warner, Chief Executive Officer of Commercial Radio Australia, congratulated Tom on his achievement and said all of the finalists should be proud of their efforts.

“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,” Ms Warner said.

“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.”

ECU Graduate Diploma of Broadcasting Course Coordinator Jo McManus said the internship, which begins in July, will give Tom a valuable opportunity hone the practical skills and knowledge he has already gained during his course.

“Since the Brian White Scholarship launched in 2017 students from ECU’s Graduate Diploma of Broadcasting course have been finalists every year, with three finalists in 2017, three finalists in 2018 and four finalists and the winner in 2019. We’re pretty proud of that!” she said.

ECU’s Graduate Diploma of Broadcasting is taught by professional journalists and broadcasters, and has the backing of the media industry around Australia. If you’re interested in studying Broadcasting visit our Arts and Humanities web page.

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