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New News: Not Just News to Us: Disruption and Indigenous New Media
Indigenous voices are flourishing online, but are any being heard? What impact is the proliferation of Black media having on mainstream news values and journalistic practices? Has it improved the representation of Indigenous people? Are these active voices disrupting and contesting other important forums? This panel discusses the civic impact of new media enabled First Nations news outlets, how they work, what can be improved and what to expect next.
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.
Luke Pearson is the founder of Indigenous media organisation IndigenousX. He is an editor, writer, consultant and public speaker.
Michelle is a Ngarrindjeri Latvian woman born in Port Augusta, South Australia and brought up in the Illawarra region of the state of New South Wales. She has worked in commercial Australian television and radio across three states, national public broadcaster ABC with News Radio and ten years at SBS as executive producer of Living Black Radio. She is currently Senior Communications Officer at the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council.
Lisa Waller is a senior lecturer in Communication at the School of Communication and Creative Arts, Deakin University. Her research centres on questions about how news shapes society, especially at the local level, but also in fields including the justice system and policymaking.
Summer is a Yorta Yorta Woman who grew up in Lake Macquarie near Newcastle. She has worked in Aboriginal affairs at the National level and has strong professional connections across the country in the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service sector. She specializes in health policy, qualitative research and communications.