Over almost 20 years, the John Burton Journalism Cadetship Scholarship has been the catalyst for many high-flying media careers.
When it was first introduced in 1990, the concept of alternating on-campus study semesters with on-the-job training as a cadet journalist at the Gold Coast Bulletin was an Australian first for Bond University.
Named after its instigator, John Burton – then Editor of the Gold Coast Bulletin and later a Visiting Journalist at Bond – it exemplifies the close partnerships with industry leaders that have since become Bond’s trademark.
In deciding to award the very first scholarship recipient to young Star of the Sea graduate, Deanna Nott (Alum 90) , the selection panel clearly chose well: Half way through her studies, Deanna won a Gold Coast News Media Award for Best Magazine Story and was selected to participate in News Limited’s own international exchange program which saw her living in Hong Kong for three months and reporting for the South China Morning Post.
She also won a Best Director’s award for producing a community service announcement on behalf of Riding for the Disabled.
“Studying at Bond University is one of the best things I have done in my life,” Deanna says.
“I am extremely proud of the fact that I attended Australia’s first private university, and in retrospect, realise how fortunate I was to have had virtually one-on-one training by some of the best professors and lecturers in the world.”
Graduating in 1993 with her Bachelor of Arts and majors in Journalism and Communication, Deanna started full-time work as a graded journalist at the Gold Coast Bulletin. Once again, she captured the judges’ attention at the Gold Coast News Media Awards, this time being named the year’s Best Cadet.
Her career veered in a different direction, however, when she joined the Royal Airforce Reserve as a Public Affairs Officer.
Moving to Sydney in the mid-90s, Deanna was appointed Sports Editor and then Deputy Editor of the Royal Australian Navy News.
Successive appointments and promotions have seen her working in Public Affairs for Defence Force Recruiting in Canberra and at Air Command Headquarters for the Royal Australian Airforce.
Deanna is currently based in Canberra as Director of Communication Reserve and Employer Support Division Vice Chief of the Defence Force Group Department of Defence.