Commercial Radio Australia Brian White Awards


About the Scholarship

The Brian White Scholarship launched in 2017 and is conducted annually. The program aims to encourage and foster the brightest, aspiring young minds in commercial radio news. It will help the recipient transition out of study and into the commercial radio industry.

The competition is open to recent graduates or students who are in their final year of study in an applicable course such as Communications, Media, Journalism and Radio. Entrants should have graduated no more than two years prior to the opening date.

The judges will be looking for a journalist who has a passion for radio news and is ready to take up an exciting opportunity to see how the major metropolitan newsrooms operate at Macquarie Media Limited (MML), Australian Radio Network (ARN), Nova Entertainment and Southern Cross Austereo (SCA). The successful applicant will be immersed in the news cycle and will relish the chance to sit in the same room as senior journalists at commercial radio stations to experience how the news is sourced and compiled.


What is the Prize?

Finalists will be invited to attend a one-day workshop in Sydney (flights will be included for interstate finalists). This is a unique opportunity for them to gain knowledge and insights from commercial radio news directors and to receive valuable feedback about their news presenting style and delivery.

The Brian White Scholarship offers the winner the choice to serve eight weeks paid work placement in either Sydney or Melbourne. The winner will spend two weeks at each network (MML, ARN, Nova and SCA), working with senior journalists and the wider radio teams on live and breaking news scenarios and helping to produce news and updates trusted by millions of Australians every day.  

NB: Accommodation and flights will be included if the recipient lives outside of the city in which the attachment is to take place.


2019 Finalists

Commercial Radio Australia announced the finalists for the Brian White Scholarship, which gives one student the chance to kickstart their journalism career and gain experience in Australia's biggest radio newsrooms. The finalists will attend a workshop on the 24 May held at Southern Cross Austereo in Sydney.

The finalists are:

The winner will be announced on 30 May, with work placement beginning in July