The First Nations Media Australia News Initiative, which started in 2021, is a result of First Nations Media's 9 Calls To Action released in 2018.
Number 4 on the list on 9 Calls To Action was that the First Nations Media sector strengthen its News and Current Affairs capability.
The News Initiative has two major components:
Firstly to share our stories between our First Nations media organisations, and to a wider audience - a First Nations media news wire service;
Secondly, to train First Nations media workers in the skills of news gathering and reporting to produce stories to be shared.
We aim to train around 12-15 "Community Reporters" each year.
They will be trained and mentored by First Nations people with experience in both the First Nations media sector and also in news gathering.