indigiTUBE launch in Alice Springs
The Alice Springs indigiTUBE launch will feature as part of the Human Rights Film Festival at 7pm this Saturday 29 September. indigiTUBE is excited to announce the showing of Undiscovered Country from director Tyson Mowarin as part of the 1 hour screening program. This powerful story shares the struggles Aboriginal youth face keeping in touch with their traditions and received the Australian Short Screenplay Award at the 65th annual Sydney Film Festival in June. The program includes 5 additional shorts and highlights the significance of the First Nations media industry. Don't miss it! #ourmediamatters.
indigiTUBE is now live and has started its journey to connect First Nations media across the country. If you missed the recent Bush Bands Bash, indigiTUBE had its first live stream to the platform and you can catch the epic event here. Right now you can stream 18 different radio stations live at any time to hear what's going on around the country.

It is awesome to see media organisations and independent content creators already signing up and sharing their music, radio and stories. indigiTUBE is looking for more content to continue building an impressive national presence for First Nations mob.
The Ripple Effect @ Bush Bands Bash
Photo: Jeff Tan
If you want to get involved and get uploading, register for your free account today. You can find out more by watching the webinar recording below, or check out the indigiTUBE workshop at CONVERGE Sydney in November. #indigiTUBE | spread the word!
The new fresh prince of Arnhem Land, Baker Boy!
The final night of CONVERGE Sydney will be the official launch of the new indigiTUBE site and presentations of the inaugural First Nations Media Awards.

To help us celebrate, we're bringing some musician friends to join forces with media practitioners from around the country in acknowledging excellence within our sector. We're excited to announce live sets from.... (drum roll please)....
CAAMA Music's rising star, Alice Skye
the Koori woman of blues herself, Marlene Cummins, and
Mr LA Di DA Di, the new fresh prince of Arnhem Land, Baker Boy!

Bringing fresh sounds to Turner Hall on Friday 23 November to cap off two days of talking, learning, sharing and networking.

We received over 85 nominations for the inaugural First Nations Media Awards. Our judges are reading, watching and listening to the submissions now. Shortlisted nominees will be announced soon.

At CONVERGE Sydney we'll hear an update on the Employment & Skills Strategy from Pauline Clague. Plus there will be discussions of how organisations are addressing the Government's target Indigenous employment levels, and forum discussion about training opportunities for our sector to align with career progression.

The program will feature some workshop opportunities for content-makers to learn new skills and a range of opportunities for all delegates to talk about developing career pathways. Stay tuned for the full program announcement in October.
First Nations Media has secured discount pricing for 3 hotels close to the CONVERGE venue in Sydney:
Novotel Sydney Central
The Novotel Sydney Central are offering 10% off the best flexible rate. Delegates can call the hotel Reservations direct number +02 9281 6888 and refer to the group name ‘First Nations Media Australia’.
Metro Aspire Hotel, Sydney
The Metro Aspire Hotel are offering 15% discount. Click here to book online.
Mercure Sydney
The Mercure Sydney are offering 10% off best unrestricted rate of the day at the time of booking. Please call 02 9217 6797 and quote CIND10 to receive this discount.

To organise travel assistance for your Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander delegates, give our Assistant Manager, Jenni Nixon on 08 8952 6465.
L>R Stephanie Stone, June Oscar and Jenni Nixon
Powerful workshop with June Oscar
Jennifer and Stephanie had the pleasure of meeting June Oscar, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner at a gathering held in Alice Springs recently as part of the Wiyi Yani U Thangani Women's Voices project. The discussions among local Arrernte, Luritja and Kimberley women attending were real and powerful and something Jen and Steph felt honoured to be part of. June gave all the women in the room an opportunity of introduce themselves and to talk about our strengths. The answers were inspiring with many of the women having similar strengths, hopes and dreams. We felt that we, as Aboriginal women are finally getting our voices heard by someone who is there and ready to listen, letting us cry, laugh and smile. The gathering felt like a safe place to share our life struggles with the one another without judgement.
Growing support for our Calls for Action
Senator Rachel Siewert recently announced the Senate has passed a joint motion, co-signed by Senator Malarndirri McCarthy, acknowledging the meaningful professional development opportunities the First Nations media sector contributes to regions across Australia. The motion called for volunteer and work experience to count towards CDP obligations where applicable.

First Nations Media delegates travelled to Canberra in August to launch the Our Media Matters campaign in Parliament House.

This motion responds to a series of briefings delivered to members of Parliament during that visit. The motion notes the culturally significant programming and services delivered by our sector and "urges the Federal Government to implement First Nations Media's nine calls for action and fund them appropriately."

View the media release from Senator Siewert's office here.

First Nations Media Australia is pleased to see this step toward increased consistency in applying CDP obligations across the country.
"We thank Senator Siewert and Senator McCarthy for their leadership in putting forward this motion," says Dot West, Chairperson of First Nations Media Australia, "We ask all parties to consider our calls for action to further support building a sustainable future for our sector."

The calls for action focus on industry development to increase employment opportunities, build capacity, extend the reach of First Nations media services, enhance social inclusion and preserve culture and language.

First Nations Media Australia also thanks CAAMA, The Wire, 4ZZZ and Radio Goolarri for their support in reporting on our recent activities in Canberra.
Staff movements
You might hear a new voice on the phone when you call our office because Rhiannon Monkerud has joined the team as our new Administration Assistant. Rhiannon is a Luritja woman from her grandmother's side being from Haasts Bluff, and is also Wiradjuri from father side. Rhiannon previously worked at Tangentyere as receptionist and Trainee Youth Worker with ASYASS. Make sure you say hello to Rhiannon next time you call!

Meanwhile Stephanie Stone has taken a step up to a new position within First Nations Media as our Executive Assistant. Steph will be turning her attention to providing support for a range of activities including communications, accounts, membership engagement and events. With 2 years of experience at the front desk, Steph is well-placed to turn her attention to all areas of First Nations Media operations, so rest assured you will still be seeing her friendly smiling face around!
Benefits of membership - AGM & Travel Support
Are you a member of First Nations Media Australia yet? Our AGM is coming up in November with members invited to nominate and vote for Board positions. We will be calling for nominations soon and encourage you to start thinking about whether your organisation's representative would be interested in participating in First Nations Media Australia as a Director.

Plus, member organisations can access travel subsidy support for First Nations Media Australia events. So there's never been a better time to make sure your membership is current, or to join us, than in the lead-up to CONVERGE Sydney.
Preparation underway for RIMF 2019
Our General Manager, Daniel Featherstone recently travelled to Thursday Island to make arrangements for the Remote Indigenous Media Festival 2019, hosted by TSIMA 4MW. Daniel met with Traditional Owners, spent time with the TSIMA team and investigated venue options for workshops, forums, entertainment, catering and accommodation. His visit aligned with the Winds of Zenadth Cultural Festival (see story below) which gave Daniel a great opportunity to experience the dance, song, art and ceremony the Torres Strait has to offer and to see Thursday Island in full festival mode. The 20th Remote Indigenous Media Festival is shaping up to be a very special event in September 2019.

Anthony Geagea on radio at TSIMA 4MW
TSIMA Operations Manager Diat Alferink, Chair Margaret Cowley and Vice Chair Romina Fujii, with Daniel (front row), TSIMA staff Jordana Kris and Daisy Aniba, NITV reps John-Paul Janke and Adam Manovic at 4MW
Anthony Geagea interviewing Daniel on 4MW
Sylvia Tabua doing an radio documentary interview for
Launch celebrations took place in Port Augusta, with the redeveloped indigiTUBE being hailed as the national go-to media platform for First Nations people, preserving language and culture for future generations. Umeewarra Media Broadcaster Dre Ngatokorua, laughed & said "It’s basically like a blackfellas YouTube"
Congratulations to Cynthia & Roma
Last week Cynthia Burke and Roma Butler and Jennifer Ward from Ngaanyatjarra Media graduated for Certificate III in Screen and Media from Batchelor Institute. They also received a Special Achievement Award from CAAMA Station Manager Gilmore Johnson acknowledging their hard work. NG Media is happy to have these fantastic broadcasters as part of our Media family.
3KND Media of Choice for Treaty
The Andrews Labor Government is supporting 3 Kool N Deadly to engage more Aboriginal Victorians in the state’s historic Treaty process. Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Natalie Hutchins yesterday announced a $100,000 Treaty Circle Grant for the radio station as part of the government’s Treaty Community Engagement Program.
3KND will broadcast on treaty-related matters for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities. Regular programs on treaty will allow for wide-ranging discussion of the treaty process and allow for different viewpoints on the process to be shared. The Treaty Community Engagement Program supports Traditional Owners groups and other organisations and businesses to engage with Victorian Aboriginal communities as well as non-Aboriginal Victorians on Treaty. The program will also help ensure the treaty process continues to be guided by Aboriginal voices and prepare the Aboriginal community for the establishment of the Aboriginal Representative Body and eventual Treaty negotiations.Insights obtained through the Program will be used by the Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission as it works to establish the Aboriginal Representative Body as part of the next phase of the treaty process. The Labor Government has provided more than $37.5 million to support the treaty process and promote self- determination among Victorian Aboriginal communities.
Opening March with leaders holding the Uluru Statement From the Heart
Dance performances from various islands
Winds of Zenadth Cultural Festival
This fantastic showcases array of Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal cultural dance, music, art and practices from across the Zenadth Kes (Torres Strait region) is held every two years.

Over 40 dance groups gathered for the four-day event, demonstrating the wide variety of dance styles from the region. The theme for the 2018 festival was Stand Strong: Culture is our Foundation.

The team from NITV were there to cover all the action though the week and share it out via Facebook Live.
Thursday Island 11-14 September 2018
B4BA Survey
The Broadband for the Bush Alliance is doing a national survey to evaluate people's access to internet, telecommunications services and understanding of new accredited health services available via the internet.
A significant effort has been made to increase the availability of internet access and telehealth services in Australia during the past several years and B4BA is keen to evaluate the impact of this investment. Your input would be appreciated.
Better Boards recently published Financial Metrics: A Guide for NFP Boards to help organisations understand how to demonstrate effectiveness. It covers key financial metrics (not just income) and making informed decisions as a Director.
The Parrtjima festival, Australia's only Indigenous light festival of its kind returns to Alice Springs for its third year. This is a free public event, so come along.
28 September - 7 October  2018.

The Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC) have a number of upcoming training opportunities free to Directors and members of CATSI organisations including:
  • 16-17 October - Two-day governance workshop in Nhulunbuy
PY Media Support Officer Position Available
PY Media is looking for a Community Support Officer to join their team in Umuwa, SA, supporting RIBS operators in 7 communities across the APY Lands. Applicants should be able to produce high quality audio content and be competent with a range of audio production software and recording hardware. Communications skills and ability to engage with people in a cross cultural environment essential. Read the job ad here for more details.
More jobs.....
There are a whole range of opportunities available to work in media and supporting community media organisations at the moment. Here's just a few of them:
The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) is accepting applications for projects which improve community health and social wellbeing, foster cultural vibrancy, develop lifelong education and training and/or enhance environmental sustainability. Applications from communities with a population of 10,000 or less will be prioritised.
The West Australian State Government is offering grants of up to $250,000 for individual projects that contribute to economic growth and development in regional WA. This includes skills development, expanding or diversifying industry and sustainable jobs growth. Eligible activities include traineeships, subcontractors, promotion and awareness of local industry and activities which build the capacity of local business sustainability.
Applications are now open to organisations for projects that deliver opportunities for authors, journalists, artists and key industry stakeholders in the writing, publishing, education and visual arts sector. Activities supported include Indigenous-led organisations to deliver projects to benefit Indigenous creators and skills and professional development opportunities for emerging creators.
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