Commercial Radio Australia Brian White Awards

2021 Finalists Announced


Commercial Radio Australia today announced 10 finalists for the 2021 Brian White Scholarship for radio journalism.

The students were selected from universities and educational institutions across Australia and will now proceed to a workshop with leading commercial radio news directors where they will have the opportunity to develop their news broadcasting and presenting skills.

One finalist will be selected to receive the scholarship, which consists of an eight-week paid placement, working for two weeks each at Nine Radio, Southern Cross Austereo, Australian Radio Network and NOVA Entertainment in either their Sydney or Melbourne newsrooms, with travel and accommodation included if they live outside these cities.

The finalists are:

Jamie Rey (University of Wollongong, NSW)
Scott Leek (AFTRS, NSW)
Helena Ellis (AFTRS, NSW)
Olivia Hill (AFTRS, NSW)
Dona Sirimanne (University of Sydney, NSW)
Francesca De Nuccio (Edith Cowan University, WA)
Bianca Carbone (Edith Cowan University, WA)
Daniel Litjens (Edith Cowan University, WA)
Cameron Carr (Edith Cowan University, WA)
Christa Nicola (Macleay College, NSW).

The workshop will be held online this year on August 11 due to current travel restrictions. 


About the Scholarship


The Brian White Scholarship launched in 2017 and is held 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 Nine Radio, 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. 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 (Nine Radio, 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 scholarship recipient lives outside of the city in which the internship takes place.