Indigenous people have been telling stories forever. The 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 Jupurrurla Kelly and Eric Michaels began the media program at Yuendemu; Gerry Bostok made Lousy Little Sixpence and the ABC commissioned Black Out.
The BRACS roll out in the laste 1980’s finally enabled widespread access to media across remote Indigenous Australia. CAAMA established it’s coporporate 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 many others 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.
The innovative NT Mojo mobile journalism (mojo) project developed by Burum Media, is helping create a local citizen voice by giving Indigenous Australian’s the opportunity to tell their own stories from a very different perspective – their own.
NT Mojo uses specially equipped iPhone technology to record, edit and upload stories to a dedicated website, designed by the project funding body, the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) and hosted on http://ntmojos.indigenous.gov.au.
This affordable and portable technology enables mobile journalists (mojo’s) from six remote Indigenous communities in the Northern territory, to work at a local level to create and publish their own stories. This opportunity may create a key to a new level of media awareness and control, within remote Indigenous Australia.
Ivo Burum, together with trainers from the project partner, Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Education (BIITE), travelled through a number of communities to identify potential mojos. “There was a strong interest in the NT Mojo concept with 15 candidates turning up in one community to hear about the project”. Supported by community based government representatives, mojos and a support person from each community were selected after consultation with community elders, who embraced the opportunity for their young people to tell their own stories.
Following a selection process, 11 mojo participants and support people flew to Darwin to take part in a training workshop designed by Ivo and held at the BIITE campus in Batchelor. The workshop included basic journalism skills, training on the use of the iPhone and the 1st Video edit App .
The mojos returned to their communities and began planning and filming their stories. Ivo together with BIITE trainers, Nicole Ostini and Helen Browning, travelled throughout the communities during the filming block to continue training and assist with various aspects of planning, filming and editing.
The NT Mojo stories cover a range of topics chosen by the mojos, with a particular focus on local initiatives designed to build strong communities: anti petrol sniffing, night patrol, aged care, bush medicine and youth pathways, are just a few of the important areas mojos are exploring. Mojos are also telling personal stories about their communities. Stories about art, sport, music, tourism and significant cultural areas, feature in their early work.
Mojo stories can be viewed online at http://ntmojos.indigenous.gov.au. Information on BIITE and their on going Indigenous training programs can be sourced at www.batchelor.edu.au. Information on the project funding body, the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) and their ongoing Indigenous programs can be found at www.indigenous.gov.au.
The NT Mojo Website was produced by Gregory Holmes, Online Communication Manager and his skilled team at FaHCSIA, with early concept brief supllied by Hamish Mackellar.
Lynda McCaffery the Head of Media at BIITE coordinated their involvement. While Sharon Pangquee production managed the project.
Chris Ryan of Rhino Communications coordinated for FaHCSIA and Denise McFadyen, FaHCSIA Indigenous Communication Manager, commissioned and oversaw the project.
For further information contact Ivo Burum on firstname.lastname@example.org .