Rachel Storer, winner of the inaugural Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) Brian White Scholarship has scored a full-time job with the Hit Network.
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, Storer was offered a job with SCA at Hit 106.9 Newcastle.
Natasha Jobson, Southern Cross Austereo (SCA), Metro News Operations Manager said during her internship in the Sydney SCA newsroom, Rachel impressed the team with her broad skillset.
“Rachel quickly grasped the concept of tailoring news to our brands, and catering for our audience’s appetite for both on air and online news. We’re so pleased to welcome her to the Newcastle newsroom under the guidance of Dave Dollin, and look forward to helping her achieve her next career goals.”
Currently in her final year of study at the University of Newcastle, Storer will work three days a week until she finishes her degree in October and then take up a fulltime position.
“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.”
Storer, was one of eight student finalists who attended a news workshop at the Nova studios in May. Commercial radio news directors; Deborah Clay (ARN), Michelle Stephenson (Nova), Erin Maher (MMR) and Natasha Jobson (SCA) were part of the selection panel.
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.
Joan Warner, chief executive officer of Commercial Radio Australia said: “The radio industry is supporting students interested in a career in radio and we look forward to the scholarship growing in popularity each year.”
The scholarship is named after radio broadcaster Brian White, 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, served as general manager of 3AW in Melbourne and chaired the Fitzroy Football Club.
Applications for the 2018 Brian White Scholarship will open in March 2018.