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ECU Broadcast students finalists in National Award

Friday, 17 July 2020

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Three Edith Cowan University students have been named as finalists of the prestigious Commercial Radio Australia 2020 Brian White Scholarship.

Anne Naylor, Genevieve Lamond and Sam McManus are all students of the highly-successful Post-Graduate Diploma of Broadcasting at ECU.

The winner of the scholarship will receive a paid, eight-week internship working in the newsrooms of Nine Radio, Southern Cross Austereo, Australian Radio Network and Nova in Sydney or Melbourne in 2021. An ECU Broadcasting student won the scholarship in 2019.

Finalists will attend a one-day workshop in late 2020, where they will participate in newsroom tasks and gain feedback from commercial radio news directors.

Anne Naylor is a former Media and English high school teacher.

“Writing radio news this semester at ECU has been such a fun challenge,” she said. “I’m really excited to see what new skills I can learn from the Brian White workshop.”

Sam McManus, who completed a Bachelor of Commerce and was taught Economics by Justin Trudeau’s lecturer while on exchange in Canada, said the post-graduate study has proved a revelation. “It took me a few years to work out Commerce wasn’t for me but I’ve definitely found my niche now,” he said.

Genevieve Lamond previously studied journalism in Sydney and Perth.

“But the Graduate Broadcasting program at ECU has given me by far the most nuanced and industry ready skill set,” she said.

Course Coordinator Jo McManus said she’s really proud of all of the students – and to be named a finalist is a huge honour.

“Broadcasting is so important to the community, especially during these unprecedented times,” she said. “It’s interesting that we are seeing more and more students launching their second careers through our course by following their passion.”

Applications for ECU’s Graduate Diploma of Broadcasting open in August – apply here.

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