First Nations Media Awards 2018

The inaugural First Nations Media Awards will be presented on Friday 23 November in conjunction with the official launch of indigiTUBE. This event also closes CONVERGE, the First Nations Media National Conference. We received over 85 nominations for these awards, all of which have been reviewed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with significant industry experience. Up to three nominees have been shortlisted for each award category. Those nominees are listed below, with the exception of the Major Awards.

MAJOR AWARDS

The Major Awards recognise lifetime achievement and outstanding contribution. Recipients of Major Awards will be announced at the First Nations Media Awards dinner on Friday 23 November.

 

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented annually in recognition of lifetime achievement and dedication to the development of the national First Nations media industry. It recognises an individual who has made a significant contribution in one or more fields; production, leadership, advocacy, management, innovation.

First Nations Outstanding Contributor Award

The Outstanding Contributor Award is presented annually to an active media practitioner who, through their work, has made a significant contribution to their organisation, community or to the development of the national First Nations media industry. This is to acknowledge all the unsung heroes working in the industry.

CONTENT AWARDS

The Content Awards are for media projects that have been completed within the last 12 months.

Best Documentary Award – Short

Media types for this award:

This award acknowledges excellence in documentary production.  It recognises the research, story development, production, interview techniques, and post production that go in to making an effective documentary.

Shortlisted nominees:

  • Transblack - Charmaine Ingram & Mitchell Stanley (ABC)​
  • Apakatjah - Cast in Half - Chris Fitzpatrick (CAAMA)​
  • Ŋambi - Mark Ashley (ARDS)

 

Best Documentary Award – Long

Media types for this award:

This award acknowledges excellence in documentary production.  It recognises the research, story development, production, interview techniques, and post production that go in to making an effective documentary.

Shortlisted nominees:

  • WIK vs Queensland - Dean Gibson, Helen Morrison & Trish Lake (Bent3land Productions)
  • After the Apology - Larissa Behrendt​
  • Yarripiri's Journey - Simon Fisher Jnr, Jason Woods, Anna Cadden & Jonathan Daw (PAW Media)

 

Best Radio Production Award

Media types for this award:

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This award acknowledges excellence in a produced radio program or series across any genre.  It recognises the research, story development, interview and production techniques, music and effects, and post production that go in to making an effective and engaging radio production.

Shortlisted nominees:

  • Warlpiri Women - PAW Media​
  • Ngaanyatjarra Dreaming series - NG Media​
  • Blak Diggers - Media Heads

 

Best Language/Culture Production Award

Media types for this award:

This award recognises the use of media to convey language or cultural content for knowledge transfer, education, awareness raising and storytelling.  It recognises the approach, selection of appropriate speakers/ custodians/ sites, abidance by cultural protocols, creative techniques.

Shortlisted nominees:

  • Niminjarra - PAKAM​
  • Wata Burrmalala (Cyclone Culture) - ARDS​
  • Yarripirri's Journey - PAW Media

 

Best Sports Coverage Award

Media types for this award:

This Award recognises excellence in sports coverage and commentary across any media.

Shortlisted nominees:

  • Yuendumu Sports Weekend - PAW Media
  • Central Kimberley Football League - Wangki Radio
  • Lady Mustangs Basketball Carnival - Ngaarda Media

 

Best Drama or Comedy Award

Media types for this award:

This Award recognises the use of drama or comedy to convey a story or message in a creative and engaging way. It recognises the scripting, characters, performance and production involved in creating drama or comedy.

Shortlisted nominees:

  • Which Way? Right Way - Barkly Arts
  • Welcome to Country - Dean Gibson & Helen Morrison
  • Grace Beside Me - Dena Curtis (NITV)

 

Best Music Video Award

Media types for this award:

This Award recognises the storytelling mode of music video production in re-interpreting a song or piece of music in a creative and engaging way.  

Shortlisted nominees:

  • Struggle - Black Rock Band
  • Friends with Feelings - Alice Skye
  • Native Tongue - Mojo Juju

 

Best News or Current Affairs Program

Media types for this award:

This Award recognises excellence in news and/or current affair programming across any media format. It recognises the importance of research, story and talent selection, quality journalism, appropriateness of the format and content for the target audience, and effectiveness in informing and engaging the audience.

Shortlisted nominees:

  • Blackchat - Koori Radio
  • The Point - NITV
  • Our Voices - Noongar Radio

 

Best News or Current Affairs Story

Media types for this award:

This award acknowledges excellence in journalism and news or current affairs coverage of a specific story. It recognises the interview techniques, production standards, appropriateness of the format and content for the target audience, and effectiveness of the story.

Shortlisted nominees:

  • The Last of the Rabbit Proof Fence Ladies has Passed Away - Ngaarda Media
  • Guilty of Being Stolen - Madeline Hayman-Reber & Sylvia Rowley
  • Pleas for Action on Uranium in Drinking Water - Bridget Brennan, Isabelle Higgins & Emily Napangarti Butcher (ABC)

 

Best Interview or Oral History Award

Media types for this award:

This award recognises an outstanding interview, oral history or spoken word program.  

Shortlisted nominees:

  • Living Black - NITV​
  • Rudi Maxwell - Koori Mail
  • Dre Ngatokorua - Umeewarra Media

 

Best Photography Award

Media types for this award:

This award acknowledges excellence in photographic coverage of a news story or event, image of a person or team at work, or for promotion of a sector activity.  It recognises the photographic and post-production techniques, appropriateness of the format and content for the target audience, and effectiveness of the story.

Shortlisted nominees:

  • Dre Ngatokorua - Umeewarra Media
  • Debbie Carmody - Tjuma Pulka 963FM​
  • Jillian Mundy - Koori Mail

 

Best Promotion or Station ID Award

Media types for this award:

This Award recognises excellence in writing and production of short information campaigns, promotions, station IDs, sponsorship messages or community service announcements.

Shortlisted nominees:

  • Goolarri Media 1​
  • NITV​
  • Goolarri Media 2

 

DEVELOPMENT AWARDS

The Development Awards recognise best practice in governance, technical innovation, training and outstanding contribution.

Best Training & Professional Development Award

This award recognises the planning and delivery of engaging, timely, appropriate training and professional development for media workers and staff. It can include formal and informal training and partnerships, provided the role of the nominating organisation is clearly outlined.

Shortlisted nominees:

  • Rebekah O'Meara - 6DBY