PATRICK Naughtin believes winning a scholarship last year for would-be journalists from the Border region helped him to a full-time job in metropolitan media.
The former Beechworth boy was last year’s winner of the Cameron Thompson Memorial Scholarship, the second presented by The Border Mail honouring a former editor who died in 2008.
Mr Naughtin, who completed his journalism studies at La Trobe University in Melbourne last year, won a position as editorial assistant on the news desk at Melbourne’s Herald-Sun newspaper in March.
“The scholarship was definitely a huge stepping stone for me,” he said.
“I learnt a lot in The Border Mail newsroom, it was a fantastic experience and it helped to achieve the job I have now.
“I hope to be able to apply for a cadetship at the end of this year.”
Mr Naughtin said the scholarship, which includes a $3000 bursary and the opportunity to undertake regular work experience at The Border Mail, offered a dual benefit to those young people from the region who were studying or seeking to study journalism.
“It’s extremely handy for those living away from home towards their costs and it is a fantastic award to win,” he said.
Applications for the Cameron Thompson Memorial Scholarship are now open for those students living in The Border Mail readership area.
Details of how to apply for the scholarship are included in an advertisement that appears in today’s classifieds section.