Skilling First Nations Broadcasters in Sports Media

The CMTO has officially wrapped up our first Sports Broadcasting Project in collaboration with First Nations Media Australia (FNMA) & Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

The CMTO designed and hosted a mentoring program for eight First Nations participants who were teamed up with mentors from the ABC and guided through all things Sports Broadcasting, from Commentating and Interviewing to Outside Broadcasting.

The ABC mentors were highly experienced and very generous in sharing their knowledge in reporting on a wide array of sports.

The project officially launched at FNMA CONVERGE on Bundjalung country in May this year and continued for 12 weeks online.

Participants hailed from different community stations and organisations from across the country, including Ngaarda Media, 6DBY, Goolarri, TSIMA, Cherbourg Radio and Wilcannia.

“Elsie was brilliant, especially during the solo task I gave her for News Breakfast around the first State of Origin. We had such wonderful feedback from our viewers and ABC management. She is a wonderful person doing such great things in her community and a fast learner who understands broadcast so hopefully this course made an impact and was helpful to her!” – Georgie Tunny (Mentor)

“The experience of talking and learning from everyone involved has definitely got me thinking about sports broadcasting. I feel as though being a lover of all sports codes will help me in my endeavour to at least try and dabble in sports broadcasting , especially with the local scene first.

You should be proud of what you have achieved with this project, definitely looking forward to any other projects in the future.” – Leon Khan (Participant)

“I’m very new to journalism and this training has exposed me to a lot of knowledge that’ll definitely utilize, for example I had no idea how to write a sport bulletin, no Idea how to conduct a sports interview, the training has definitely benefited me and my station. Diving into multiple topics throughout the course was very beneficial for me as I’ve joined the journalist and broadcasting field. The format of delivering the webinars was easy to manage and the outline of the course was clearly communicated. I’ve picked up multiple skills and knowledge, my major gain was introducing me to outside broadcasting which was a highlight for myself. I will definitely continue with OB, also building my interviewing skills tailored to sports and also creating a sports program for my station.” – Brandon Cook (Participant)

For more information about this project and if you are interested in Sports Broadcasting training at your station, contact our Pathways Training Manager, Mikaela Ford on our contact page.

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