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Career boost for emerging broadcasters

Tuesday, 19 November 2019


Seven students from Edith Cowan University’s one-year intensive Graduate Diploma of Broadcasting are on the way to the careers of their dreams thanks to the support of Australia’s media industry.

These graduating students have secured paid internships with Channel 7, The West Australian, ABC News, Fox Sports News and Radio 6PR.

One student, Madeleine Cross has won a four-week paid internship for Online Reporting with The West Australian and has also taken out the prestigious Paul Lockyer Memorial Prize that will see her head to Sydney’s ABC News Channel for three months’ paid work next year.

Three other students also packing their bags for Sydney are Rebecca Byass, Holly Ferguson and Maya Simpson after each being awarded $2,000 cash and the opportunity to work in production with Seven Studios as part of ECU’s paid internship collaboration with Seven West Media.

ECU Graduate Diploma of Broadcasting Course Coordinator Jo McManus said the paid internships offered students a unique opportunity to kick-start their media careers.

“Our graduates are trained across all platforms and go out ready to work anywhere in the broadcast industry,” she said.

“The industry tells us we have the best broadcast course in the country. And they put their money where their mouth is – we couldn’t do it without their ongoing support.

“We are so grateful to all the media organisations who back our program and our students.”

2019 prize winners

  1. Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) Award for most potential in commercial radio. $2,000 cash prize. Winner: Julian Douglas
  2. Channel 7 Awards for most potential in commercial television. $2,000 cash prize total:
    2nd Runners-up x 2: Ashleigh Nelson and Simon Orchard ($250 each)
    1st Runner-up: Olivia Donaldson ($400)
    Winner: Grady Wulff ($600)
  3. The West Online Award for Online Reporting. Four-week paid internship. Winner: Madeleine Cross
  4. George Grljusich 6PR Award for sports broadcasting. $1,000 cash prize, six-month paid internship with Radio 6PR during the football season. Winner: Ashleigh Nelson
  5. ABC News Channel Paul Lockyer Memorial Prize. $2,000 cash prize, three-month paid internship at ABC News Channel, Sydney. Winner: Madeleine Cross
  6. Fox Sports News Award for Sports Reporting. $2,000 cash prize, three-month paid internship at Fox Sports News, Sydney. Winner: Grady Wulff
  7. Seven Productions Awards. Three prizes of $2,000, and three-month paid internships with Seven Studios, Sydney. Director Winners: Rebecca Byass, Holly Ferguson and Maya Simpson
  8. Lillian P Kavanagh Award – $500 cash prize, sponsored by Channel 9, for the highest level of personal commitment and team spirit in the Graduate Diploma of Broadcasting course. Winner: Olivia Donaldson

Putting theory into practice

In other ECU broadcasting news, this year is the 15th anniversary of the student-produced TV program Rough Cut, which will screen on Channel Seven in December.

Rough Cut is shot, written, edited, produced and presented by the ECU Broadcasting Class of 2019.

Stories include the amazing tale of a young Perth inventor gaining global attention, a quirky WA farm with a piano graveyard, and the father-and-son duo who helped shape local architecture and music.


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