Work With Us - First Nations Journalist

POSITION: First Nations Journalist, Canberra ACT

Joshua Cole, 3rd April 2024

Only applicants who are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent can submit their interest.

  • Are you passionate about storytelling and covering political issues from a First Nations' perspective?
  • Fixed Term, 12 months
  • $80,000 Package (capped relocation costs will be considered)

The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia in partnership with the National Indigenous Radio Service and the Koori Mail are looking for expressions of interest from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander journalists to join our small news team in Parliament House, Canberra.

Whether you are an experienced journalist looking for a chance to tell real stories for the community or looking to build your skills in this area, send us a short letter about your passion for storytelling and political issues, your relevant skills, and your ability to lead stories and work in Canberra with a small team.

To express your interest, submit your short letter to the News Director, via the "Apply Now" link here by the advertised closing date or you can email [email protected] using the subject line: First Nations Journalist application.

The filling of the position of First Nations journalist is intended to constitute a special measure under section 8 and Article 1(4) of the Schedule of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) and section 27 of the Discrimination Act 1991 (ACT). The position is therefore only open to applicants who are First Nations persons.  

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This article provides a critical examination of community media practices by young recently arrived African refugees and Cambodian young migrants in Western Sydney, Australia. Against the backdrop of contemporary cultural politics of migration in Australia the article is grounded on a recent participatory community media research project conducted in 2008-2009, which aimed to conceptualise the emerging spaces for claiming new forms of citizen agency and contest the general representations of newly arrived migrants in the mainstream media. The paper argues that community media is better positioned to recognise changing attitudes towards migrants and refugees, and that these changes must also take place from the bottom up. Extending existing notions of citizens’ media the paper articulates a view that young media practitioners become active citizens in the exercise of their civil and communication rights and their self-representation, by owning the process of content creation and communication, thus redefining the content (rather than the form) of what citizenship means in different social contexts.


In 2007 the Hope Vale – Pelican project (now in its 6th year) inaugurated a digital storytelling component into the program. The project is a partnership between Hope Vale Elders (championed by Des and Estelle Bowen) and Pelican Expeditions. In 2007 Pelican Expeditions and the Elders invited Samia Goudie, a researcher and digital storytelling consultant, to pilot a digital storytelling project with Natalie Davey, a founding member of Pelican Expeditions. The Hope Vale – Pelican (HVP) project is mainly run out of Connie’s beach, Cape Flattery in Cape York. The success of this pilot resulted in the design and implementation of a larger digital storytelling media camp being embedded as a co-creative practice in the 2008 Hope Vale – Pelican project. This paper seeks to tell the story of this process and explore some of the early findings of both the benefits and problems of using digital storytelling to promote social and emotional wellbeing and caring for country with an Indigenous community within a trans-disciplinary partnership project.