CONVERGE 2022 Mparntwe (Alice Springs)
23-25 November
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel,  82 Barrett Dr, Alice Springs  

FNMA and co-hosts, ICTV is looking forward to seeing you at CONVERGE Mparntwe Alice Springs next week! We've got a packed couple of days of learning and sharing together at the conference and then on Friday night we celebrate the First Nations Media Awards. For more information, around the Converge event have a look at the Converge program, here.

In addition, on Tuesday 22nd November, FNMA's inDigiMOB team will be holding the Indigenous Digital Leadership Forum. Previously known as the Indigenous Focus Day, this is an opportunity to bring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people together to share experiences and ideas about internet connectivity, digital tools, digital content and digital rights. The 2022 IDLF can be attended online OR in person at DoubleTree Hilton, Alice Springs NT. If you have not registered for the Indigenous Digital Leadership Forum and would like to attend this free event, please register here or for more information, contact Project Manager Ben Smede.

FNMA wants to make Converge as COVID safe as possible. As a fourth wave of COVID-19 is travelling around Australia, Converge participants have been urged not be complacent. Don’t travel if you are feeling sick. Please make use of available hand sanitizer, face masks and maintaining social distance. There will be plenty of space, so please spread yourselves out. If the meal areas are congested during break times, please make good use of the outside deck and the deck bar to create safe social distance. Delegates are reminded to wash your hands thoroughly and to cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing. If you feel unwell at any stage, please play it safe and distance yourself from delegates.

We're looking forward to seeing you in Mparntwe!
The FNMA News Initiative
The FNMA News Initiative has completed training its group of 2022 Regional Reporters, as they continue to share stories from their regions with First Nations media organisations. Shortly we’ll also start our search for our 2023 Reporters.

Award-winning journalist Rachael Hocking has joined the News Initiative as the Editor. She is working closely with the Reporters, discussing story ideas and helping them produce their stories. David Liddle continues as FNMA News Initiative Co-ordinator.

The idea of the project is to continue developing a First Nations Newswire Service where stories are shared amongst First Nations media organisations, produced by our reporters, with other stories provided by the media organisations themselves. Don’t miss the FNMA News Initiative presentation at Converge for more details about the project.
Steve Hodder Watt returning boxes of digitised tapes. Yuendumu, October 2022.
Dennis Charles and Steve Hodder Watt in the temporary archiving space, Alice Springs, October 2022
Archiving News Update
The FNMA Archiving team has moved into a temporary digitising hub while the AIATSIS Todd Mall facility is completed. The office space in the Alice Plaza has been provided by Territory Families and Housing. This has given the team more room to set up storage racks and A/V digitising equipment.
FNMA is Hiring!
Interested in working with First Nations Media Australia, well FNMA has job opportunities available right now!

  1. Administration Officer – Contact Jenni for more information.
  2. The inDigiMOB team is looking for two more Project Officers to join their team If you have experience in Community Engagement and can use smart phones and computers for a variety of tasks (and show others how to do this) please get in touch!

Contact or send your resume to Jennifer Nixon for all jobs or contact Ben Smede at inDigiMOB on 0448 721 635 for more details on the Project Officer positions.
Member Highlights
PAW Media visits 3KnD
Have you seen the story of the Pilbara Bird Woman from Ngaarda Media? It's playing on ICTV during the Our Way genre, click here to view video.
NG Media's Training Vision
This year NG Media been cantering their training vision around ngapartji-ngapartji, which is essentially, 2-way sharing. The local Yarnangu community teaches our non-local staff about their culture, Language, way of life and shareable Tjukurpa (dreaming), and non-locals share their media skills through formal and assimilated osmotic training. Osmotic training is when training won't be planned, however out in the field it naturally occurs, therefore the non-local staff are prepared to be adaptive and flexible with plans, as this form of training is usually the most successful. Local Yarnangu gain the skills to document their stories, music, culture etc through engaging with multifaceted forms of multimedia. Learning, celebrating and nurturing every multimedia outcome has created a diverse, fun and interesting radio station with content that the local listeners are genuinely interested in and the local team get to pursue a job that they really love to do. Visit their website for more information.
Mat Francis,Neil Turner and Russell Dann
       Stompem Ground crowd
PAKAM at Stompem Ground 2022
The highly anticipated return of Stompem Ground was held Saturday 17th September in Broome WA. Stompem ground was first held in Broome back in 1992 the last one was in 2002. This year also celebrated the 21st anniversary of Kimberley Stolen Generation Aboriginal Corporation who organised this event along with the Mary G Foundation. This was a big event with close to 4,500 people attending. Pilbara and Kimberley Aboriginal Media played a big part in broadcasting the event live on radio through PAKAM Radio, Goolarri 99.7fm in Broome and across the country on NIRS also live to television on ICTV satellite 601 and streamed to ICTVPlay and ICTV and PAKAM facebook page. They brought in some of their community broadcasters to participate in the live broadcast and also had help from ICTV Cameramen Ash Renehan and Will Thomson who drove over from Alice Springs.
Goolarri's Writers Program
A Broome organisation aimed at championing Indigenous voices across the State’s north has received the financial backing to continue one of its most popular programs. The Goolarri Media Enterprise Writers Program offers a series of writing workshops to nurture First Nations creatives so they can develop professional skills in stage and film writing. Read More.
BANGARRA’S SANDSONG: Stories from the Great Sandy Desert Returns for 2022 Regional Tour to the NT
Australia’s leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performing arts company, Bangarra Dance Theatre, is delighted to bring the profound and deeply powerful production of SandSong: Stories from the Great Sandy Desert to Darwin Entertainment Centre on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 November 2022 as part of its 2022 Regional Tour of the Northern Territory and Western Australia. For more information please click here.
CMTO's Training Application Open Now!
The CMTO's annual training application round is now open. This means community media organisations can apply for for fully subsidised (free) training, depending on your station’s eligibility, for delivery in 2023. Read More.
Political Fellowships Opportunity
Three fellowships worth $15,000 each, that will take place during the federal election and will be Canberra-based for Australians under the age of 30, who are passionate about media, politics and diversity. For more information, click here.
2023 Stanner Award
The AIATSIS Stanner Award is presented biennially to the best academic manuscript submitted by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander author. For more information, Click here.
Request for Tender
The Commonwealth, in partnership with the National NAIDOC Committee, is seeking tenders from event management companies interested in event-managing the 2023 National NAIDOC Week Awards Ceremony. Read More.
Women Of Colour Mentorships
Mid-career women journalists of First Nations and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to undertake a 12-month program to help pave a pathway into leadership roles. Read More.
First Languages Youth Forum 2022
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, June Oscar AO, and the Social Justice Team at the Australian Human Rights Commission, asks you to save the date for the Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices) First Nations Women and Girls National Summit. The Summit will be held at the National Convention Centre on Ngunnawal and Ngambri Country (Canberra) from 9-11 May 2023, with a Youth Forum preceding the Summit on 8 May 2023. Read More.
News Industry
Supporting the growth of Indigenous business
The purpose of the award is to support the growth of Indigenous businesses, towards the broader objective of advancing socio-economic opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and businesses. Read More.
50 years of Black theatre shines a spotlight on the present and future
The 50th anniversary of the National Black Theatre goes beyond a birthday, it’s a reminder of Indigenous achievement in the arts sector and wider Australia and an opportunity to reflect on where it all came from and social attitudes today. For more information, click here.
Why it’s important to enrol and vote!
With the Referendum coming up in the next couple of years it is vitally important that all Aboriginal people are enrolled to vote. Make your VOICE count!
Celebrating the release of Beyond Broadcasting: Community media response to emergencies
Fires, floods, and COVID-19 have made for a tough few years for Australians, especially those in regional and remote communities. Amid these disasters and public health challenges, community media has been essential in getting local, timely news out to those who need it most. Read More.
Aboriginal Benefit Foundation Trust
The Foundation provides grants to assist Aboriginal communities and individuals by providing funds to support projects which advance the aims of the Foundation, with the current focus on supporting art, literacy, education, health and cultural projects with a connection to Aboriginal art and/or artists. Read More.
Aboriginal Business Development Program
The Aboriginal Business Development Program provides funding for Aboriginal people to help start or expand their business. Read More.
Northern Australia Development Program
The Northern Australia Development Program (NADP) is an exciting new $111.9 million program designed to help grow businesses and industries in northern Australia. Open to small to large businesses, including Indigenous businesses, the NADP will fund up to 50 per cent of the total cost of individual projects. There are two simultaneous grant streams. Read More.
Funding for organisations to improve outcomes for Indigenous Australians
The Indigenous Advancement Strategy provides funding for organisations to help them undertake projects or activities which promote equal opportunities for Indigenous Australians. Read More.
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