Excellence in Radio News rewarded

Excellence in Radio News rewarded

CPIT student Tom Furley has won a prestigious Radio News award and has taken home a $2000 cheque with it.

Furley, who is in his second year at the New Zealand Broadcasting School (NZBS), has won the John Foy Memorial Award for Excellence in Radio News.

The award is presented annually to the New Zealand Broadcasting School journalism student who shows excellence and commitment in radio news reporting.  The award was presented at CPIT by Newstalk ZB Christchurch Chief Reporter, Scarlett Cvitanovich, and manager of the NZBS, Tony Simons.

NZBS award winner

“This is a prestigious award and I’m very pleased to have been able to give it to a deserving student,” Cvitanovich says. “Tom has done very well by securing the top marks in Radio News.”

Furley says it is an honour to win the award. “I’ve really enjoyed all the work I have done in radio news at CPIT and my tutors have been really supportive.” He jokes he will not spend the $2000 prize money “all at once”. “It’ll still be Fish and Chips tonight.”

Furley has already secured his broadcasting internship for 2015; he’s looking forward to working at Radio New Zealand in Wellington.

Cvitanovich, herself a graduate from CPIT’s NZBS, also spoke at the presentation about her experiences as a journalist and gave current NZBS students advice for their future careers.

“It’s never been a better time to get into the industry and you guys are in a great position as we know that people who come from the CPIT broadcasting course are so well trained. You guys really are the best.”