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2023 WIN News Scholarship Winner: Sophie Watson, Charles Sturt University

Sophie Watson is in her third year of journalism at Charles Sturt University. She has worked in radio for two years and is currently working at National Radio News as a Cadet Journalist. She aims to work within the television industry in the future.

About the Scholarship

This scholarship caters to aspiring journalists who are looking for an opportunity to follow their dreams of a career in the media. This scholarship will be open to an outstanding student in their final year at university, or a recent graduate aged 26 years or younger.

WIN News is providing an exceptional opportunity to learn from newsroom leaders and sharpen your reporting skills in the broadcast industry. Major names in the Australian media got their starts at WIN News.

The prize

The successful applicant will complete a minimum of six weeks at the Wollongong office, with the remaining six weeks at one of the following WIN regional news centres as decided by WIN News.

  • Sunshine Coast
  • Hobart
  • Albury

The recipient will receive a $10,000 stipend for the 12-week duration of the scholarship and hands-on experience by accompanying journalists and camera operators out in the field. Under the guidance of the News Director and Chief of Staff, the recipient will have the opportunity to source, write and voice reports, which will be broadcast in the 5.30pm WIN News bulletins. The recipient will also have an opportunity to learn from news presenters in the studio.

Submission material

It’s free to complete an online application through the AwardForce platform.

You will need the following items to complete your online application:

  • 1 x copy of your academic transcript
  • 1 x copy of your current CV in PDF format
  • 3 x examples of your best work. This can be in the form of a Word or PDF document, a video MP4 or audio MP3, or a link to an online story.

In the form, you will also be asked questions about why you are applying and what you hope to receive from this opportunity. Remember, this is a journalism scholarship so accuracy and spelling are key factors! Don’t panic though- you can save your progress as you go along, and can return to the application form if you need more time.

Thanks to WIN News for supporting this scholarship

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Selection criteria

Read the full Selection Criteria here

Terms and Conditions

Read the full Terms and Conditions



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