Our members sharing ideas at CONVERGE Alice Springs for just some of the things we'll be working on together this year.
It’s been an extraordinary start to 2020 as Australia responded to the bushfire crisis. Many of our members have started the year strong, launching right into reporting on major climatic events in opposite parts of the country. In Victoria and New South Wales in particular, members were busy sharing news from fire affected communities while in the northern part of the country cyclones were threatening communities across the top end and WA north coast. It was a difficult start to the year for many and we’re proud of the work First Nations media organisations have been undertaking to ensure community safety. We hope that everyone is doing okay and we acknowledge the work that First Nations media organisations did in ensuring that stories, perspectives and contributions from our mob were covered during this time. It’s no so long ago that we would have been missing from these dialogues and it is a valuable reminder of the impact our media platforms have had on inclusive dialogues.

Now the industry is largely focused on outside broadcast events and truth-telling reporting in preparation for January 26 events taking place in many parts of the country. 2020 promises to be a big year for disrupting the narrative. The Endeavour will be circumnavigating the Australian coast to mark 250 years since Captain Cook's arrival. Our sector’s ability to share our stories and perspectives, our challenges, opportunities and successes will be critical to our respective communities and the country as a whole. National NAIDOC Week is themed #AlwaysWasAlwaysWillBe; recognising that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years gives our sector huge scope for conversation and I’m looking forward to hearing, seeing, reading and engaging with the voices that you curate as you amplify the power of this message. We’ll be holding our annual CONVERGE gathering in November and there are many other diverse and engaging events listed on the calendar on our website. We’ll be holding our first industry huddle for the year to talk about collaborating for the year ahead on Wednesday 5 February - we hope you can join us.

- Catherine Liddle, CEO

Are you our new Content Collations Officer? This position will assist us to meet demand, engage with new contributors, provide national representation, promote new content and increase our audience. We are looking for someone with outstanding social media skills and a passion for Our Media. The position is based in Adelaide or Alice Springs regions and you need to be up for travelling to events across the country. If you think this might be you, email for more info.
The PAW team have made a new video with the PAW Band and Eju which features Dwayne Abbott and Fega Michaels. Check out the new music video filmed and edited by Micah Williams here.
New music from Yuendumu, Baby Buddha.
You might have heard some interruptions in Ngaarda Media daily broadcast in the last two weeks. Their studio is being upgraded and expanded. The team is excited to have a fully functioning producers booth soon, with support from LotteryWest.

Ngaarda Media's news and breakfast program will start on Monday the 3rd of February 2020.
Bessy-May Taylor, Latrell Stuart, Chevon McKenzie and Dre Ngatokorua
Big news from Umeewarra Media in Port Augusta this week - Umee TV is starting soon. The media organisation has secured a $20,000 grant from Carclew to develop a short-form television show. This will consist of six short news-style videos covering significant cultural events in Port Augusta and the surrounding region. All episodes will be produced by a team of young locals and broadcast online.
Every night this week, NITV is showcasing powerful documentaries and movie favourites on rich Indigenous stories in the lead up to January 26, including special network coverage from Sunset to Sunrise. NITV is programming a slate of programs on the theme 'Always Was, Always Will Be' that invites communities to join together, reflect and celebrate what it means to be Australian on January 26 but to also promote and encourage greater understanding of Indigenous Australian perspectives.
Koori Radio will be broadcasting from Yabun Festival in Sydney and sharing the day across the National Indigenous Radio Service for listeners outside the Sydney region. Yabun is one of the largest one day gathering and recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in Australia. Yabun presents a diverse and vibrant lineup of Indigenous music, dance, oration, sport and much more. Yabun is held annually on 26th of January upon the traditional lands of the Gadigal people in Sydney at Victoria Park. Tune in for this special broadcast on Sunday.
Coalition of Peaks representatives met with Cabinet Ministers this week to discuss a refreshed Closing the Gap framework. The Coalition of Peaks brough the voice of 4000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to the Cabinet Room table for the Prime Minister to hear what is needed for Closing the Gap. The Prime Minister is listening and has committed to some initial projects including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led regional data projects to help inform decision making and the development of a nationally accredited Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Early Childhood Worker program, based on the successful Aboriginal Health Worker program, including a pilot implementation. Read the communique here.
Get your entries in for the 2020 National NAIDOC Poster Competition! Artists are invited to submit artworks for the 2020 National NAIDOC Poster Competition. National NAIDOC poster competition that reflect's the 2020 theme: Always Was. Always Will Be.
Poster entries close 5:00pm Monday 03 February 2020.
PAW Media is looking for two people to join their team in Yuendumu. Applications are now open for Music Program Coordinator and Video Producer positions - both exciting roles. Applications close on Monday.
Expressions of Interest are now open for commissions for the 2021 Yirramboi Festival from artists, collects and creative community groups to showcase performances. Emerging and mid-career First Nations artists based in Victoria are invited to create, develop and present new work for the festival.

Five live performances will be commissioned with each project receiving a grant of up to $18,000. Applications close on Friday 27 March. Read more.

CMTO are looking for someone with strong / established editorial, graphic design skills as well as knowledge of education and media sectors who can fulfil their available Communications Coordinator role.

The position is based in Sydney. Application closes 7th February 2020.
Read more about the position here.
The State Library of Queensland has black&write! Fellowships available for two winning manuscripts, including $10,000 prize money, manuscript development and a publication opportunity with Hachette Australia. Manuscripts can be fiction, poetry, short stories, children’s or young adult unpublished stories. Applications close on 28 February 2020. Read more.
The Bertha Foundation is seeking applications from activists and investigative journalists with 5 years experience to spend a year deep-diving into one pressing social justice challenge. The challenge begins in July 2020 and applications are open now. In 2020, the Challenge will focus on the ecological and climate crisis, working with a network of 16 journalists to share work on this complex issue. Journalists from any country can apply by 10 February 2020. Read more.
Screen Australia is offering travel grants to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander filmmakers in travelling to key international and Australian events for professional development, film festivals, award ceremonies, pitching forums and workshops. Applicants can request up to $6,000 toward international travel and up to $3,000 for travel within Australia. This opportunity is available all the time with a 2-4 week turnaround on funding decisions. Read more.
Territory Labor Government delivers the first-ever Digital Territory Strategy helping Territory businesses to build digital skills and capacity through the Digital Partnerships Grants program. The program will leverage investment of almost $2.3 million into the economy; $900,000 in grant funding from the Territory Labor Government along with a $1.4 million contribution from the grant recipients.
AIDC and Screen Australia Indigenous Department are partnering for a second year with state screen agencies across the country to bring emerging Indigenous practitioners to AIDC 2020. AIDC 2020 will see the return of the Indigenous Creators Program, a strand of sessions designed specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practitioners.
The second round of the National Indigenous Australians Agency’s 1,000 Jobs Package is open for application now. The Package provides a wage subsidy over two years for positions of a minimum 15 hours per week at the minimum wage. Employers are responsible for topping up employees’ wages to the relevant award and for providing employee entitlements. Applications close on 30 April 2021, or earlier if the 1,000 jobs are full allocated. Read more.
Applications are now open for Content and Development and Operations grants for 2020-21. Please note, this round of Development & Operations grants includes the Bright Futures fund to support organisations to make one-off investments to increase the sustainability of the organisation through reducing operational costs. Applications close on 10 March, 2020. Read more.
Applications for Indigenous Research Exchange Grants are now open for people or organisations wishing to undertake projects focused on Indigenous governance and prosperity or cultural resurgence and resilience.
Grants of up to $200,000 will be awarded for one-year projects. Applications close on 28 February 2020. Read more.
Applications are now open to organisations with a Harcourts office in your area (there are 254 across the country, check here.) Grant submissions need to outline a specific event, project, item or initiative for organisations with DGR status. Applications close on 31 March. Read more.
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