Contemporary history of Indigenous broadcasting

Indigenous people have been telling stories forever. One contemporary history of Indigenous use of media begins in the early 1980’s when CAAMA established a radio station and later a TV network; Francis Jupurrula Kelly and Eric Michaels began the media program at Yuendumu; Gerry Bostok made Lousy Little Sixpence and the ABC commissioned Black Out.

The BRACS roll out in the late 1980’s finally enabled widespread access to media across remote Indigenous Australia. CAAMA established it’s corporate productions business, CAAMA Productions, delivering documentaries that sold overseas and screened at film festivals internationally. Today, Indigenous production companies such as Blackfella Films, Deadly TV and other Aboriginal national and local content providers, deliver programming to established networks including NITV, the new national Indigenous broadcaster.

The above delivery models, based on hub systems that generally relied on people working with infrastructures to access technology, media training and deliver content. While acknowledging the great advantages of hub based production models, the current NT Mojo project is designed to complement existing infrastructures, while providing mobile technology and associated media skills at an individual level.

Picking up where BRACS left off, the innovative NT Mojo mobile journalism (mojo) project developed by Burum Media, is helping create a local citizen voice by giving Indigenous Australians the opportunity to tell their own stories from a very different perspective – their own.

NT Mojo provides the key to a greater awareness and participation in the media in remote Indigenous communities in Australia.


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