CBAA Webinars

WEBINAR: Contribute to The Wire – 2020 and Beyond - 11 September 2019

Danny Chifley, 13th August 2019
Since 2004, The Wire has provided a significant alternative voice in Australian current affairs. Broadcast exclusively on Community and Indigenous radio stations,  more than 5 million people across Australia can tune in on any weekday.

Stations that broadcast The Wire are spread across city, country and remote parts of Australia, including many remote Indigenous communities and places with no other broadcast media.

The Wire takes an independent approach to current issues, offering critical coverage, which challenges all points of view, puts issues and events in context and always asks ‘why?’

This webinar is for all community broadcasters who wish to join The Wire, adding to public awareness and understanding of important issues by contributing new information, analysis and comment.

Contributing to The Wire is for community broadcasters committed to the ideals and guiding principles of the sector:

  • Developing stories of relevance to The Wire’s national audience, covering a range of issues: local, regional, state, national and Indigenous.
  • Sourcing ideas and information from as many different sources as possible - communities, organisations, and individuals directly involved in social action or directly affected by policies, decisions or proposals.
  • Prioritising the voices of people under-represented by news and current affairs media.
Presented by:

Annie HastwellAnnie Hastwell is a founding producer and Adelaide presenter of The Wire. She is a former ABC Radio presenter and producer, in Darwin and Adelaide, and now freelance radio features producer for  ABC Radio National and Monocle24 in the UK. She also works as consultant journalist to the Australian Science Media Centre, and has written regularly for magazines and ABC Science Online. Annie developed UniSA’s inaugural Online Journalism course in 2001 and has lectured in journalism and media at both the University of South Australia and Adelaide University.

Sarah MartinSarah Martin first fell in love with community radio when the music played became the soundtrack of her life. As she became politically and socially aware she was drawn in to the world of news & current affairs, pursuing a career in journalism. Sarah produces The Wire on Thursdays and she loves creating independent current affairs and having the opportunity to mentor young journalists. Sarah also works as a publicist and is a freelance journalist and media educator. Sarah is attracted to the portability of sound and the possibility it offers to tell rich, interesting stories.


This webinar was held at 6:30 PM (AEST) Wednesday 11 September, 2019

CBAA webinars are presented with support from the Community Media Training Organisation (CMTO). 

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The flagship national program for the community radio sector since 2004, The Wire is a significant alternative voice in Australian current affairs.


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More than 100 community broadcasters are involved as story producers for The Wire in any given year. Our webinar will show you how you can join this team of contributors.