CONVERGE Program

We’re still finalising some details on what’s shaping up to be a huge two-days in Sydney. Here’s a preview of what we can announce so far…
Wednesday November 21
Welcome
Welcome event on the rooftop at Koori Radio, 27 Cope St, Redfern, 5-7pm. Studio tours and opening celebrations.
Thursday November 22
Conference opening 8:30am
Welcome from our co-hosts, Koori Radio
Keynote presentation
Senator Malarndirri McCarthy will be traveling from the Northern Territory to deliver a keynote presentation at CONVERGE Sydney. Prior to taking her place in the federal Parliament, Senator McCarthy worked as an award-winning news and current affairs journalist for the ABC and as a freelancer, and presented NITV News on SBS from 2012-2016. Senator McCarthy won the inaugural Deadly Award for Journalism in 2013 for her story on the Thorne Brothers. Her work has received nominations for both Walkley and Logies awards and she was awarded Journalist of the Year at the Multicultural and Indigenous Media Awards. With a background so strongly connected to our industry, we can't wait to hear Senator McCarthy's reflections on how our sector can achieve our aims and the work she's doing in Canberra.
Update
Update on First Nations Media Australia activities since CONVERGE Brisbane
Plenary: News and Current Affairs
Facilitator: Danny Teece-Johnson (NITV)
Panel discussion about the production of news and current affairs content. We'll hear what's working for some media organisations and discuss what is needed for the sector to build capacity for news reporting.
Plenary: Archiving Community Collections
First Nations Media Australia along with representatives from the National Film & Sound Archive and AIATSIS will talk about strategies about archiving, storage and access for community content.
Workshop 1: Building news capacity - where to next?
Facilitator: Jack Latimore (The Guardian, Koori Mail)
A discussion group following on from the morning news and current affairs plenary to develop strategies, partnerships and actions required to build journalism capacity and career opportunities within our sector.
Workshop 2: How to contribute content to indigiTUBE
Facilitator: Jaja Dare
Learn how to showcase your content to a wider audience through the national platform, indigiTUBE. Content makers are invited to bring along your own content for this hands-on session taking you through the steps to upload your work to the site and reach new audiences.
Workshop 3: Tech talk
Facilitators: Ben Pridmore (First Nations Media Australia Technical Coordinator) & Sean Pritchard (Broadcast Components)
An opportunity for technicians to learn about new software, audio standards and equipment. Share ideas about how to address emerging technical needs.
Workshop 4: Telling your organisation's story
Learn about awareness raising and branding opportunities, share promotional ideas and workshop campaign development techniques using the Our Media Matters campaign as an example.
Workshop 5: Digital Archiving
Facilitator: Susan Locke
Learn best practice techniques for metadata, storage and access to community collections.
Workshop 6: Tech tour of ABC Sydney studios
Facilitator: Ian Campbell (AVC Group)
Take a walk across the road to the ABC Sydney for a tour of the newly upgraded studios installed by AVC Group.
Industry showcases:
Throughout the day we will hear from First Nations media organisations about developments and innovations underway around the country, including presentations from Wangki Yupurnanupurru Radio and 6DBY in Derby, WA.
More to come!
Conference closes for the day at 5pm. Delegates are invited to attend the opening of the Winda Film Festival screening of Falls Around Her in the evening.
Friday November 23 (day program)
Welcome
Conference day begins 8:30am
Plenary: Career Pathways and Employment Strategy
Facilitator: Pauline Clague (Jumbunna Institute)
An update on the Employment & Skills Development Strategy currently in development for our sector. Followed by a panel discussion about career pathways and training support available to First Nations media practitioners in a range of fields.
Workshop 7: Increasing Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Employment Ratios in our sector
Facilitators: Dot West (First Nations Media Australia Chair) & Pauline Clague (Jumbunna Institute)
A discussion group focused on plans for meeting Government aims of 90% Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment levels within our sector by 2020.
Workshop 8: How to be a media spokesperson
Facilitator: Shannan Dodson (Media Diversity Australia)
A media training session focused on building confidence and skills to speak publicly on relevant issues and stories.
Workshop 9: Upskilling for Program Managers
Facilitator: AFTRS
A workshop targeted to the leadership teams of First Nations media organisations (Managers, Program Managers, Board members) about how to develop program management skills within your organisation.
Workshop 10: Making & Marketing Podcasts
Facilitators: Giordana Caputo & Emma Couch (CMTO)
A hands-on session for content makers to how to create and promote podcasts using Hindenberg and other simple software.
Strategic Planning Session
Facilitator: Dot West (First Nations Media Australia Chair)
This session is an opportunity to have input to the development of First Nations Media Australia's next strategic plan update. An opportunity for members and industry stakeholders to provide direction to the national peak body through discussion of strategic planning objectives.
First Nations Media Australia AGM
Reporting back to members, election of new Directors, voting on amendments to the First Nations Media Australia Constitution.
Close
Day conference closes 3:30pm
Friday November 23 (evening program)
First Nations Media Awards & indigiTUBE launch
Arrival 5:45pm​ for a 6pm start
Three-course dinner
Live music performances from Alice Skye, Marlene Cummins and Baker Boy featuring Dallas Woods
Award presentations throughout the evening from 7pm-10pm
Evening program finishes 11pm​