11:00am (AEDT) 30 March 2021

An annual showcase of new work by Australian community radio producers, the National Features & Documentary Series has been mentoring producers to create radio stories since 2013.

Heard on community stations all around Australia and open to all producers based at community radio stations around the continent, the National Features and Documentary Series aims to encourage storytelling from new and emerging producers around Australia. All you need to enter is a great idea for a radio feature or documentary.

Producers submit an idea for a feature or documentary and selected participants will then go through the process of creating their features and documentaries, including mentoring and training from the Community Media Training Organisation.

In 2021, applications for the National Features and Documentary Series are a little different. We want you to submit text below, or upload an audio or video file answering just three questions:

  • What is your idea for a Story?
  • Who are the people you will talk to for your story? Tell us their names and how you will connect with them.
  • What do you want to get out of the training and mentoring?

Our webinar will provide potential NFDS producers with all of the tools, tips and background information to respond to the selection criteria and to ensure that you’re submitting the best possible proposal.

PRESENTED BY: Andrew McLellan – CRN External Relationships Officer


Giordana Caputo – CMTO

Giordana is the CEO of the Community Media Training Organisation (CMTO) and Secretary of the CMTO Board. An experienced leader, broadcaster, producer, journalist and trainer, Giordana acts as an Executive Producer for the series, driving the CMTO Training and Mentoring program and ensuring participants are supported to create broadcast-quality work that is of a national standard.

MJ Bakewell – National Features and Documentary Series Producer

MJ was the winner of the 2020 National Features and Documentary Series for the work ‘Never gonna let the language go away‘, a work that asked the question: what does ‘justice’ even mean if no one speaks your language? It provided a look to the past, and one Yankuntyjatjara man’s legacy, to see how far we’ve come to ensure Aboriginal language speakers have the right to understand, and be understood.

She has produced work for FBi’s story-telling program All The Best, and volunteers at 8CCC in Alice Springs.

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