Commercial Radio Australia Brian White Awards


Newcastle University student, Rachel Storer was the winner of the inaugural Brian White Scholarship.

“The Brian White Scholarship provided me with incredible experience.  It was hands on and I was learning from experienced journalists in both AM and FM newsrooms. I advise all final year or graduate communications students to apply for the scholarship.”

Rachel studied at the University of Newcastle and was part of the student news team at the university radio station.

Rachel, was one of eight student finalists who attended a news workshop at the Nova studios in Sydney last week.  Commercial radio news directors; Deborah Clay (ARN), Michelle Stephenson (Nova), Erin Maher (MMR) and Natasha Jobson (SCA) spoke to the group and set several journalist tasks for judging.   

Students were judged across a number of areas including a general knowledge questionnaire, recording a live cross to a breaking story, writing five radio news stories and outlining how they would ensure accuracy of information if they were covering a natural disaster.

All the radio news directors were impressed by the enthusiasm and expertise of the finalists.    

Southern Cross Austereo News Director, Natasha Jobson said: “If the finalists for the Brian White Scholarship are any example of the next generation of radio journos, we’re in great shape!

Whilst all were impressive, Rachel shone with her ability to identify the nuances between AM and FM style news, and her understanding of the importance of news to both regional and metro audiences.”

After completing the eight-week paid scholarship work attachment in Sydney, consisting of two weeks each at Macquarie Media, Southern Cross Austereo, Australian Radio Network and Nova Entertainment, Rachel was offered a full time job with SCA at Hit 106.9 Newcastle.


Eleanor Harrison-Dengate - NSW

Rachel Storer - NSW

Tys Occhiuzzi - NSW

Sam Koslowski - NSW  

Kate Lambe - WA

Lucy McLeod - WA 

Rebecca Maynard - WA

Bryce Heaton - QLD

The eight finalists attended a workshop at Nova in Sydney on Tuesday (23 May) with news directors; Deborah Clay (ARN), Michelle Stephenson (Nova), Erin Maher (MML) and Natasha Jobson (SCA) putting the students through their paces with a series of radio news room focused tasks to help determine who will be awarded the scholarship opportunity.