An up-and-coming young sports reporter Dylan Carmody has been awarded the second annual Steve Cairns Internship at the Racing and Sports Network.
Sports broadcaster Steve Cairns, who died suddenly in 2015, had a history of supporting young journalists and was an important role model for some of Victoria’s most prominent sporting commentators.
He had been the program manager at RSN927 for close to two decades.
In memory of Cairns, RMIT’s journalism program and RSN927 has awarded a one month paid scholarship to Carmody to do an internship as part of his Journalism Professional Placement course in 2018.
He is currently a second year Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) student who loves sport and is already building a strong portfolio of sport reporting.
RSN927’s Program Director John Thwaites said the station was once again delighted to join forces with the RMIT to offer a student with a love of sport the chance to gain hands on experience in the workplace.
“In an environment where the opportunities for aspiring journalists are diminishing at a rapid rate every year, RSN927 is committed to continuing this partnership with the RMIT as an shining example of what can be done if the corporate will exists.”
“We extend a warm welcome to Dylan and look forward to him joining our team as another worthy winner of The Steve Cairns Scholarship in 2018”, Thwaites said.
Carmody said that writing and reporting on sport has given him a wide range of skills, and allowed him to find a love and passion for most sports that he never thought he would have.
“I want to continue to keep learning and being educated on the art of sports journalism, and that is why I will absolutely love to be an intern at RSN927,” Carmody said.
“I feel as though through the Steve Cairns program, I would not only improve my knowledge of racing and reporting on it, but all sport in general, and creating a better understanding of how the media goes about sports journalism.”
RMIT’s coordinator of the Journalism Professional Placement Dr Alex Wake said it was pleasing to see RSN927 take the lead among media players by offering such a valuable paid learning opportunity for students.
“It is gratifying when employers show their belief in young people by financially rewarding students while they are working and learning alongside experienced journalists,” Wake said.
Story: Wendy Little