We're keeping a close eye on developments in northern NSW at the moment and ensuring all of our COVID-safety plans are in place, but at this stage we don't expect disruptions to CONVERGE Lismore coming up from 4-7 May.

We're pleased to see people registering already. Don't forget that travel subsidies are available for FNMA members, just contact

The program is coming together well and will be announced shortly. To give you a sneak peak, the sessions will include the launch of a sports broadcast mentoring program, screen media breakout discussions, a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander journalism with sessions on how to create your own newsroom, digital news gathering and supporting mental health for reporters. There will be discussions for Indigenous women leaders in media and showcase opportunities to hear about deadly projects underway. Rhoda Roberts AO will give the keynote address to start the conference program. More to come...

We're thrilled to announce our MCs for CONVERGE Lismore are Rachael Hocking and Ryan Liddle - familiar faces to guide us through the conference days.
Board nominations now open
First Nations Media Australia is inviting nominations to fill up to five (5) Director positions on our Board. Nominations are invited from Ordinary Members to nominate and second eligible persons. Eligible persons are representatives of Ordinary members or two Associate members. Eligibility information is outlined in the Nomination Information Sheet linked below. To nominate, complete the nomination and seconding forms linked below and return them to by close of business on Thursday 8 April 2021.
This week FNMA says farewell to two staff members who complete their work with us today. Daniel Featherstone has been with FNMA since February 2012, working in a number of roles including General Manager for most of that time. Over the past 18 months Daniel has managed our Community Archive Project, picking up on the work Susan Locke had contributed to 2019.
This week Daniel completes his handover to Liam Campbell, Archive Facilities and Project Manager who has begun establishing a First Nations Media Archive in Alice Springs. Now known as the 'John Farnham of FNMA', with the longest farewell tour of roles in the organisation, Daniel will never be far away. We wish Daniel all the best in his next role, which will focus on the Australian Digital Inclusion Index, working with our stakeholders to map digital connectivity for remote communities.

Nancia Guivarra also wraps up her work with FNMA's News Sharing Project today. Nan hit the ground running in October, building a team of community-reporters and supporting them through a training program from January which continues on in the months ahead.
Nancia has done an amazing job of getting this project going in a short period of time. She leaves FNMA to take on a new role at Facebook. We thank Nancia for her work in our team and wish her all the best in her new position.
Members of the FNMA News Sharing Project team welcomed to Cairns by Traditional Owner Henrietta Marrie AM née Fourmile.
News Workshop in Cairns
The Community Media Training Organisation, CMTO continued on from the Alice Springs workshop a month ago, with a focus on news reporting basics – interviewing, reporting, writing, editing, etc.

The Cairns workshop also featured a presentation from Patrick Goulding, from Indigenous law firm Terri Janke and Company about following Indigenous protocols when reporting news and legal issues when reporting and media law.

The team are now looking forward to their third workshop, in Broome, later this month, hosted by Goolarri Media, before gathering together again in early May at Converge in Lismore.
While training in Cairns, the FNMA News Sharing Community Reporters attended the press conference of the National First Peoples Gathering on Climate Change.
Member Drop-ins
Computers heading to NG Media
Kathy, who will be filling in for Su Gingles at NG Media popped into the FNMA office to pick up 23 computers headed for RIBS sites across the Ngaanyatjarra lands. Myers Sandy, our Technical Trainee configured and tested each computer before deployment, to ensure they're ready for the community to access and use when they arrive. Kathy was introduced to FNMA team and also the office steep stairs.
Remote monitoring for PAW Media
Grace from PAW Media visited the FNMA office this week to do some work with Ben Pridmore on configuring transmitters for remote monitoring across their RIBS.
Upcoming Community Consultations
The proposals for an Indigenous Voice would provide a way for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians to provide advice and input on matters that are important to improve their lives. Everyone is invited to have their say on the proposals. Consultation discussions are taking place around the country now and an online survey is open until 30 April. View the meeting calendar here.
The Australian Not-For-Profit Technology Awards 2021
The Australian Not-For-Profit Technology Awards recognise the very best in technology innovation and excellence by organisations and individuals in the not-for-profit sector. Applications are open for Best Technology Achievement for an Indigenous Australian, among other award categories. Nominations close on 30 April. Read more.
The Walkey Foundation has listed the mid year journalist opportunities such as awards, scholarships and grants. Entries close Monday April 26 for the 2021 Mid-Year Celebration of Journalism. Read more.
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