FNMA News Community Reporters who attended the Alice Springs CMTO Training Workshop – Keisha James (Ngaarda Media), Rohanna Angus (Goolarri Media), Velma Gara (Freelance Townsville), Sylvia Tabua (Torres Strait Islander Media Association, TSIMA).
News Project Workshop in Alice Springs
The First Nations Media News Sharing Project held its first community journalism workshop with the Community Media Training Organisation (CMTO) was held in Alice Springs last week. The workshop, conducted by Sharon Davis covered what makes a story newsworthy, interviewing techniques, how to pitch a new story and how to research and produce a news story. It was a good opportunity for Community Reporters to gather together, after only talking to each other online. Two more workshops are planned for Cairns in late March and Broome in late April. We're looking forward to showcasing some of the great reporting the Community Reporter crew have been doing at CONVERGE in May.  
Joining the training online, Umeewarra Media Community Reporters Kirsten Brady and Chevon McKenzie.
CMTO Lecturer Sharon Davis
FNMA News CMTO Support workers Mikayla Ford and Merryn McDonnell
inDigiMOB Update
The inDigiMOB team has started planning the Indigenous Digital Leadership Forum to be held in Lismore on Tuesday 4 May, running into CONVERGE for those who want to stay on for the annual media conference. The Indigenous Digital Leadership Forum (IDLF), formerly part of Broadband for the Bush conference and known as the Indigenous Focus Day, is a dedicated event hosted by First Nations Media Australia focused on digital inclusion. It brings Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people together to share experiences and ideas about internet connectivity, digital tools, digital content and digital rights. Mark the date on your calendar - more information to come!
FIRST SOUNDS VOL.5 is calling for submissions from emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists who want to be heard on radio airwaves. Electronic pop indie singer songwriter Tessa Thames’ featured on 2020’s FIRST SOUNDS VOL.4, and made a distinct impression on Amrap’s community radio charts:

"I'm whole heartedly honoured to be even mentioned amongst the list of super talented artists on 'First Sounds' let alone have my song be involved. Everybody brings their own unique energy to the art they create. Energy they have cultivated on their own and that of their ancestors and this comes through in so many ways and this is what I love so much about First Nations music. So much talent and still so much more to come."

Be part of amplifying our voices. Submissions are open now and close on Monday 22 March 2021. ENTER HERE.
The launch of BREAKING GROUND on indigiTUBE starts this Thursday 4 March, a collaboration with the National Film and Sound Archive's Black Screen. The program follows First Nations leaders and their work over the past 100 years of our history. The first film is Rosalie Kunoth-Monks available until Sunday 8 March. CHECK SHOWING TIMES HERE!!!
Check out all the deadly music, art and stories we have collated on indigiTUBE from our First Nations women across the country for International Women's Day on Monday 8 March 2021. Don't forget broadcasters can login and rebroadcast these stories as part of your programming.
Member Highlight
Live at the Bowl partners with 3KND
3KND has made history by partnering with the Arts Centre Melbourne for Live at the Bowl. This is the first time Arts Centre Melbourne has entered into a media partnership agreement that goes beyond the transactional components and establishes 3KND as a strategic advisor and collaborator on cultural safety considerations for our First Nations artists, community and staff. The partnership builds on 3KND's NAIDOC 2020 Concert, Always Was, Always Will Be by identifying new ways the two organisations can work together to create opportunities for collaboration and promotion. Read more.
Industry News
Unbroken Land Premiere
Unbroken Land is a production from Incite Arts, which will be showcasing at Araluen Theatre in Alice Springs on Friday 12th March. This event will present new creations from a range of local performers, poets and dancers. The program has an emphasis on accessibility, and includes closed-captions as well as audio-descriptions. It is a free event, suitable for all ages. Read more.
Webinar and Consultation Sessions
Hear how you can get involved and have your say in the Indigenous Voice design directly from National Co-design Group Co-chair Dr Donna Odegaard AM and Mr Richard Weston on March 4 at 2:00pm (AEDT). They will discuss the National Voice proposal and consultation processes. Register here.

Further consultation sessions
are being held by Indigenous Voice co-design members across the country to gather feedback on the Indigenous Voice proposals. The feedback will help inform a final recommendation to the Australian Government. You can register for the following locations:
  • Campelltown NSW – 9 March, Campbelltown Catholic Club. Register.
  • Mt Druitt NSW – 9 & 10 March, Kimberwalli. Register.
  • Brisbane QLD – 9 & 10 March, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Register.
  • Mt Gambier SA – 10 March, The Presidential Motel. Register
  • Toowoomba QLD – 11 March, Toowoomba City Golf Club. Register.
  • Murray Bridge SA – 11 March, Murray Bridge Town Hall. Register.
Data Analytics & Cloud Training
Goanna Education is an Indigenous owned organisation with a mission to drive diversity in the tech space. They have recently been given some funding by the Digital Skills Organisation to run intensive Data Analytics and Cloud Bootcamps, starting on the 1st March for 18-21 weeks in 2021. It is for Indigenous candidates aged 18+ who want to get into a career in tech. The program is free. It is being funded by the Digital Skills Organisation. You can go directly to the Goanna website to enrol here or if you want to sign up to attend an info session click here.
Campbell Edwards Trust - National
The Campbells Edward Trust is considering donations up to $30,000 per annum for 3 years ($90,000 maximum) to organisations with DGR status supporting Indigenous Australians suffering disadvantage, research services for community challenges and educating young people. Applications close 31 March. Read more.
ANZ Community Grants - National
ANZ is offering grants up to $30,000 to develop vocational skills providing access to meaningful work, improve environmental sustainability and other community projects that help local communities thrive. Applications close 1 April. Read more.
Copyright Agency Cultural Fund - National
The Copyright Agency is offering grants to organisations for projects that deliver exceptional opportunities for Australian writers, journalists, editors, visual artists and stakeholders. Grant amounts range from $5,000 to $20,000. Applications close 26 April. Read more.
NSWALC Statewide Grants - NSW
NSWALC is offering grants for organisations and events that have statewide significance for Aboriginal peoples in NSW. Applications close 30 April. Read more.
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