Industry internships kick-start careers


Are you considering a career in broadcasting but worried it’s a tough industry to break into? You might want to consider studying at ECU because our graduates are bucking the trend.

In 2014, 100 per cent of graduates from ECU’s one year intensive Graduate Diploma of Broadcasting course had jobs in the industry within three months. Now the latest crop of students are well on the way to securing the career of their dreams, thanks to the support of Australia’s leading broadcasters.

Seven students from the class of 2015 have today secured paid internships with the Seven Network, ABC News 24, Fox Sports News, Radio 6PR and WA Today to help them kick-start their careers.

Seven Network Director of Production Brad Lyon said internships are a valuable way to get a start in media.

“It has continued to produce a very skilled, fresh bunch of people to join the industry,” Mr Lyon said

“Many of them are still working at Seven after winning the award.”

Intensive learning environment
ECU Graduate Diploma of Broadcasting Course Coordinator Jo McManus said ECU’s  graduates are sought after by employers because of the unique skills students gain from the one year  course.

“The small group means students get intensive one on one teaching from lecturers, who are all broadcast professionals,” Ms McManus said.

“It is the only course of its kind in Australia and ECU is also the only university to offer an undergraduate broadcast major,” she said.

Between 20 and 23 students are accepted into the course each year via an audition and interview.

Practical preparation
ECU’s broadcasting studios are more like a workplace than a university, according to Ms McManus.

“Our students are rostered on to duties across all aspects of the broadcast industry.

“They learn everything from radio to television and online. Which means when they graduate they have the skills required to get jobs,” she said.

2015 prize winners
Congratulations to the winning students of the 2015 Graduate Diploma of Broadcasting Awards. The winners are:

  • Seven Production Awards (3 prizes) – $2,000 each and three months paid work at the Seven Network’s headquarters in Sydney.  Winners: Ellie Matthews, Rangi Hirini and Eloise Walsh.
  • ABC News 24 Paul Lockyer Memorial Prize - $2,000 and three months paid work at ABC News 24, Sydney and $2,000 cash. Winner: Chris Meldrum.
  • Fox Sports News Award for Sports Reporting – $2,000 and three months paid work with Fox Sports News, Sydney. Winner: Josh Money.
  • Radio 6PR George Grjlusich Award for Sports Broadcasting – $2,000 and six months paid work during the AFL football season at Radio 6PR Sport. Winner: Jake Battrick.
  • WAToday Award for Video Journalism  – $1,000 and one month paid work at
  • Channel 7 Award for Most Potential in Commercial Television – $1500 total. Winners: Josh Money, Josephine McDonald, Kate Ryan & Lucy Murray.
  • Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) Award for Most Potential in commercial radio – $2,000. Winner: Eloise Walsh.
  • Lillian P. Kavanagh Award, for the highest level of personal commitment and team spirit – $500. Winner: Jarrad Lawford.

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