Our Board met in Mbantua on Arrernte country last week. Amid the usual Board business, the group spent one day updating their governance skills and another day focused on strategic planning for the next five years. The strategic planning was informed by input from the sector at CONVERGE Sydney in November and facilitated by Jawun secondee, Vivienne De Rooy. A draft version of the new plan will be circulated for comment and feedback from the sector in the coming weeks. While in Alice Springs, the Board was pleased to visit CAAMA, ICTV and Imparja Television and hear about what’s happening at those organisations.
Back row: Vince Coulthard, Victor Weetra, Naomi Moran & John (Tadam) Lockyer
Front row: Jennifer Enosa, Tanya Orman, Nelson Conboy & Dot West
Two more staff members have joined the inDigiMOB ranks bringing the total number of team members up to nine!
Veronica Lynch has been brought on as a Digital Mentor. She will be creating digital training resources and supporting Aboriginal participation in inDigiMOB digital activities. Veronica brings community engagement skills and experience to the team.
Myers Sandy has also recently started as an IT Support Trainee. Myers has already completed a Certificate 1 in Business but will be adding to this qualification a Cert 3 in Information, Digital Media & Technology. At the same time, Myers will be providing IT support to both the First Nations Media and inDigiMOB operations on a part-time basis.
We welcome Veronica and Myers to the team!
"Our media educates through our social media networks and other platforms, as more people are learning, understanding and appreciating our 60 thousand years of connection to country through our stories, song and dance, art, culture and history."

John (Tadam) Lockyer, Network Hub Manager of Pilbara and Kimberley Aboriginal Media (PAKAM) Broome WA
Bernard Namok Jnr’s Carry The Flag documentary is being screened at the 3rd Indigenous World Film Festival in Hyderabad, India this year. The film tells the story of Bala B’s journey back home to the Torres Strait to learn more about his father, the man who designed the Torres Strait Islander flag. Bala B was inspired to tell his father’s story at the National Remote Indigenous Media Festival in Hermannsburg, which grew into a story about identity and pride that is now being shown to audiences around the world.
The Deadly Flash Mob crew dropped into TSIMA/4MW's studios on Thursday Island to talk with radio broadcaster, Jenelle Gebadi about their upcoming flash mob events in the Torres Strait. Jennelle spoke with My Pathway program leaders Rachel and Richard about other activities they have planned too. Looks like an interesting team to interview!

Meanwhile, Umeewarra Aboriginal Media in Port Augusta has welcomed some of the smallest broadcasters in the community to the station. Port Augusta Children's Centre dropped into the radio station to tell everyone about the bush kindy project.
Eunice Djerrkngu Marika, a Yolngu woman and senior elder of the Gumatj people, is Dr G. Yunupingu’s grandmother and her brother is Yothu Yindi lead singer Mandawuy Yunupingu. While her relatives found international fame as musicians, Eunice is a highly respected gospel singer, sharing her voice with people throughout Arnhem Land through the Yirrkala Methodist Choir.
Eunice and the Choir recently visited Yolngu Radio's Nhulunbuy studio to record some hymns in English and Gumatj. The segment will be regularly broadcast on Yolngu Radio throughout Arnhem Land and Darwin. "By singing hymns in Yolngu Matha, we are ensuring that our language remains strong and helps younger Yolngu learn their language and history," said Eunice.
Dr Donna Odegaard interviewed Mick Dodson recently for Aboriginal Broadcasting Australia about his role as the Treaty Commissioner for the Northern Territory and the next steps in that process. Watch the full interview here (warning: deceased content).
The Jalalay festival in Lombadina brought cultural women from the Kimberley together to develop insight and direction about the continuation of women's traditional lore and governance. The women share traditional culture within modern programs and business models. The women are protecting their knowledge and staying strong in their identity.
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Congratulations to Pantjiti Unkari McKenzie who was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for her service to the Indigenous community in the Northern Territory. Pantjiti has spent most of her life living in Pukatja (Ernabella) on the APY Lands. Pantjiti and her husband set up EVTV and also worked for PY Media particularly focused on recording cultural stories, including the 7 Sisters Story, and Inma/dance performances to invigorate language and culture activity in the region. Watch an interview with Pantjiti McKenzie on indigiTUBE here.
Justice Connect - Not-for-profit Law have published a new factsheet on defamation following some high profile legal cases reported recently. Defamation law covers all published materials including information broadcast on air, written on social media and distributed in printed materials. Defamation laws vary slightly in each State and Territory (you can find all of them under legal resources and guides on our website), but they are based on common principles and its important for you and your staff to be aware of them. The fact sheet includes practical guidance for organisations to minimise their risk of publishing defamatory material. Read more here.

The CMTO will be offering Basic Media Law courses for broadcasters in 2019-20. Applications for training support in the next financial year open on 29 April.

AFTRS is now offering Industry Certificates in radio content, management and leadership for experienced radio staff wanting to step up into management, content and programming roles. The course starts on 29 April and is delivered mostly online over 24 weeks (part-time), with one Friday-Saturday in Sydney. AFTRS is also offering online short-courses in radio fundamentals, podcasting fundamentals and voice-over fundamentals. If you’re interested in any of these opportunities, email
If you missed the podcasting session at CONVERGE Sydney last year, or want a reminder on how to make and distribute podcasts, head along to a free webinar hosted by the CMTO & CBAA at 6:30pm (AEDT) on Wednesday 27 March. The hour-long session will cover how to turn your radio program into a podcast, presented by Jess O’Callaghan from Audiocraft. Register here.
Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department and New Zealand Film Commission are calling for submissions from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander filmmakers to be part of Cook 2020. The project will fund four teams from both New Zealand and Australia to create a short film as part of an anthology feature film that will provide an Indigenous perspective on the 250th anniversary of Cook's arrival. Applicants need to be able to travel to Sydney for a workshop in May (13-17) and then deliver a short film by November. Applications close on Friday 5 April.
The CMTO and Technorama are offering Tech Blitz sessions as a training opportunity for upcoming technicians while reviewing and fixing technical issues at a station. The course involves: reviewing station documentation, itemising a ‘fix list’ for the station, understanding, creating and applying block diagrams to map station technology, identifying technical issues and maintenance strategies through team planning, stripping, reassembling and maintaining studio based equipment. If you would like to host a Tech Blitz at your station, submit an expression of interest before 29 March here.
The Community Broadcasting Foundation is looking for a consultant to provide advice on content sharing and integration systems to grow community media online audiences. The consultant needs to provide expert advice on the design and conduct of an Expression of Interest process to be used to select an organisation that will manage and deliver a suite of technology services and help design top-level outcomes and guidelines for this new project. Invitations to submit a Request for Proposal are open until 1 April. Read more.
Technorama is an annual conference for technologists and/or people interested in learning about the technical side of media. This year, it’s taking place in Campbelltown, NSW on 3-5 May. Talk with broadcast engineers, share learnings from your station, hear about technical developments coming down the line. Earlybird registrations are open now and there are is also travel support for a limited number of young people, women and gender diverse people to help increase the diversity of technicians working in the community broadcasting sector. Applications for travel support close on Sunday 24 March. Read more.
Tonic Health Media is seeking an Indigenous Content Producer - Health & Wellbeing for its Aboriginal Health Television channel. The role is suited to someone with experience in broadcast television or media production. It involved producing short-form programs and promote and manage the acquisition of content from TV networks, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content producers and local community suppliers. The role is based in Sydney. For information and a position description, contact
The Community Broadcasting Foundation is looking for its next President to replace Peter Batchelor upon his retirement on 30 June after six years as Chair of the CBF Board. This is a voluntary position for a three-year term for someone with excellent negotiation and communication skills, who has a passion for and knowledge of the media, arts and the role of community media. Read more.
Exciting news! Bush Bands Bash 2019 date is announced! Put it in your diaries and don't miss out. Applications opening soon.
Coming up on Thursday 27th June in Alice Springs. Details coming soon. 
  • 13-16 May - ICTV Screen Summit - Alice Springs
  • 23-28 September - 20th Remote Indigenous Media Festival - Waiben/Thursday Island
  • 27-29 November - CONVERGE Alice Springs - national media conference & First Nations Media Awards
Applications are now open though the National Library of Australia to assist with the preservation of locally owned, but nationally significant collections of materials that are publicly accessible, including photographs and audiovisual material. Two categories of projects with be funded up to $15,000: Collection Preservation Projects and Training Projects. Applications close on 6 May, 2019.
Tailored Assistance Employment Grants are available through PMC to provide funding to connect working age Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with real and sustainable jobs, as well as support Indigenous school student’s transition from education to sustainable employment in either part-time, or full-time, sustainable roles. This funding can be used to transition employees from CDP arrangements to ongoing roles. This opportunity is open now and has no specified closing date. Potential applicants are encouraged to discussion proposals with local PMC Regional Network officers.
The Queensland Government is providing grants of up to $10,000 to help artists and cultural workers to participate in professional and career development opportunities. Funding can be used to help workers expand industry networks and propel careers to the next level of professionalism. If you’re based in Queensland and looking for funds to support professional development, networking, conference attendance and leadership activities, apply before 12 April 2019.
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