New News 2015: From the Ground Up: New Media and Indigenous Reporting
Media coverage of Indigenous peoples has tended to focus, for a long time, on negatives. It’s also tended, at least in mainstream media, to be dominated by non-Indigenous voices. What do the changes in the media landscape mean for reporting on Indigenous issues? Can new media platforms be harnessed to provide better reporting, representation and recognition of black voices? Hosted by Jack Latimore, with Allan Clarke, Paul Daley, Amy McQuire and Steve Hodder Watt.
Jack Latimore is an Indigenous researcher with the Centre for Advancing Journalism. He is currently involved in the development of several projects aimed at improving the quality of Indigenous representation and participation in the mainstream media-sphere. His journalism work has appeared in Koori Mail, Guardian Australia, Overland and IndigenousX.
Allan Clarke is a Muruwuri man who grew up in the town of Bourke in western NSW. Currently, Allan is BuzzFeed Australia's national Indigenous affairs reporter. Previously, he has worked as the western Sydney reporter for ABC News, and as a senior reporter on Living Black, SBS Television's flagship Indigenous news and current affairs programme. Allan is also a host on the NITV programme Around the Traps.
Amy McQuire is a Darumbal and South Sea Islander woman from Rockhampton in central Queensland. She is currently completing a PhD at the University of Queensland into media representations of violence against Aboriginal women. She is also a freelance writer and journalist.
Amy has been the editor of the National Indigenous Times and Tracker magazine, was a former NITV National News political correspondent and journalist, senior reporter for New Matilda and producer for 98.9 FM in Brisbane. Recently, Amy was the Indigenous Affairs Reporter at Buzzfeed News Australia.
Over the past four years, Amy has co-hosted the investigative podcast ‘Curtain’ with human rights lawyer Martin Hodgson. The podcast puts forth the case for innocence for Aboriginal man Kevin Henry, who was wrongfully convicted in 1992.
Paul Daley is an author, short story writer, journalist, essayist and playwright. His most recent book is the political novel, Challenge. He is the author of five non-fiction books, two of which – Beersheba and Canberra - have been finalists in major literary awards including the Prime Minister’s History Prize, the Manning Clark House Cultural Awards, The Nib and ACT Book of the Year. He has won numerous journalism prizes including two Walkley Awards, the Paul Lyneham Award for political journalism and two Kennedy Awards. In 2013 he co-wrote the acclaimed political play, The Hansard Monologues. He writes about Australian history, Indigenous issues and national identity for the Guardian from Canberra
Steve Hodder Watt is a Lardil man from Mornington Island (Gulf of Carpentaria, north-west Queensland) and has worked in Indigenous media and publishing in Central Australia for over 20 years. Steve has worked as senior news and current affairs broadcaster at CAAMA Radio (Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association), as media officer with the Aboriginal town camp council in Alice Springs, Tangentyere Council and more recently with the Central Land Council, working on the oldest Aboriginal newspaper in the country – Land Rights News Central Australia.
He has also been prolific in the performing arts in the Northern Territory, including the original Red Dust Theatre production of Train Dancing at the Adelaide Festival 2002, and co-wrote Barracking, the story of racial interactions and bonding through religious fanaticism of AFL football. Steve has also had his spoken word pieces published in Going Down Swinging and the Red Room’s The Disappearing project.