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POSITION: Project Coordinator, Alice Springs (NT)

Danny Chifley, 31st August 2020
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Do you have excellent Project management skills and experience, good communication and stakeholder engagement skills, particularly with First Nations people and organisations, good working knowledge of software systems, ideally for news or media sharing, good understanding of training delivery (accredited and non-accredited) and resource development, good staff management skills, knowledge of codes relating to broadcasting and journalism code of ethics, experience in report writing and funding acquittals, business planning experience, a good working knowledge of the First Nations Media industry, ability to work independently and in a team, and good understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities?  

First Nations Media Australia, the peak body for First Nations not-for-profit broadcasting, media and communications, seek a Project Coordinator for the First Nations Regional News Capacity Building & Content Sharing Project.

Key responsibilities of this role include:

  • Plan and coordinate the First Nations News Project as per ACMA funding agreement 
  • Work with FNMA management and stakeholders to oversee selection 
  • Trial and implementation of an appropriate and affordable online news sharing platform 
  • Recruit and supervise other staff and contracts as required 
  • Establish and convene regular (quarterly) meetings of a stakeholder advisory group to the project
  • Identify stakeholder needs ad map formal lines of communication, reporting, meetings schedules and partnership arrangements (MOUs)
  • Set up contributing agreements, work with remote and regional FNMOs to recruit and support 8-12 community/cadet journalists to participate and contribute stories to regional journalist network
  • Identify and promote funding sources
  • Develop a First Nations Journalism Resources Manual, Journalism Code of Ethics and Policies and Procedures
  • Establish a network of preferred training organisations to support training delivery
  • Develop systems for monitoring, evaluation and reporting of the project
  • Develop a business plan for ongoing development and sustainability of First Nations journalism capacity and sharing platform management.

 An attractive salary package with salary sacrifice is available. This position is fulltime. This is an Indigenous identified position.  
 
For a Position Description, please contact Jennifer Nixon, Assistant Manager - First Nations Media Australia on jenni@firstnationsmedia.org.au or 08 8952 6465

Applications Close COB Tuesday 8 September 2020.

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The internet provides a means for non-professional media-makers to produce and publish their own video and audio content, as community television and radio have done for several decades. While the web seems to exemplify the principles of media access and diversity championed by the community media sector, it also raises challenges for broadcast community media participants and their online equivalents, not least being the co-opting of the term ‘community media’ by large commercial interests. A symposium held in Melbourne by Open Spectrum Australia (‘Quality/Control’, State Library of Victoria, Oct 2008) brought together people with a wide range of community media experience to discuss this and other issues, particularly the possibilities for greater cooperation between broadcast and online community media participants.

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