Paid work placements at Macquarie Media, Southern Cross Austereo, Australian Radio Network and Nova Entertainment are all in the pipeline for third-year Charles Sturt University journalism student Kamin Gock. As the 2018 winner of the prestigious Brian White Scholarship, Kamin is preparing to start an eight-week paid work attachment at four major radio stations in Sydney.
Kamin was one of eight student finalists who recently attended a news workshop at the Southern Cross Austereo rooftop in Sydney, where the award was presented by Commercial Radio Australia.
The students were set a number of challenging tasks to be completed in a short time frame. They were judged across a number of areas including a general knowledge questionnaire, recording a live cross to a breaking story and choosing appropriate news stories for AM and FM.
Launched in 2017, the Brian White Scholarship aims to encourage and foster the brightest, aspiring young minds in commercial radio news. It helps the recipient transition from study into the commercial radio industry.
The scholarship is named after radio broadcaster Brian White, Australian commercial radio’s first cadet journalist, who went on to cover wars in Vietnam and the Middle East, authored a book on politics and the media, and served as general manager of 3AW in Melbourne.
Australian Radio Network national news director Ms Deborah Clay explained what differentiated Kamin from his competition. “We received a high calibre of applicants this year for the Brian White Scholarship, and Kamin Gock stood out as a journalist with outstanding potential for radio news. From presenting to writing and editing scripts to compiling a report, Kamin relished every opportunity thrown his way and asked the right questions.”
Chief executive officer of Commercial Radio Australia Ms Joan Warner highlighted how this win will complement Kamin’s studies. “The scholarship gives aspiring journalists an opportunity to learn from senior radio journalists and gain first-hand experience of how news is sourced and broadcast.”
“This is a truly amazing opportunity, I’m so thankful and can’t wait to make the most of the scholarship. My long-term goal is to become a well-rounded, credible journalist who makes a positive difference in the industry through objective and investigative reporting.” Kamin Gock
Head of the CSU School of Communication and Creative Industries Dr Sue Wood said, “Charles Sturt University is very proud of Kamin and his representation of the university. We look forward to watching his career progress.”
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