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 Winner - Tom Durkin

Tom Durkin is the winner of this year's national Brian White Scholarship awarded by Commercial Radio Australia. Currently, in his final year of study at Edith Cowan University, Tom said he is very proud to have been granted 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," Tom said.

Tom was among nine other student finalists who attended a news workshop in Sydney on 24 May at the Southern Cross Austereo Rooftop.


2019 Finalists

Isabel Everett – NSW   |   Alix Waugh – NSW   |   Rachel Holdsworth – NSW   |   Isobel Rushe – NSW   |   Jarrod Melmeth – NSW   |

Naseem Radmehr – VIC   |   Elliott Chipper – WA   |   Samantha Goerling – WA   |   Tom Durkin – WA   |   Danica Lamb – WA