You’re invited to join ‘Black Stories Matter’, a 4-part webinar series bringing together media researchers, historians, former policy makers and members of the growing cohort of Aboriginal journalists whose work is disrupting the patterns of the past. The series is presented by the Indigenous Land and Justice Research Hub, CAIK & FASS, UTS.
The resurgence of the #BlackLivesMatter movement in Australia and around the world has prompted a cultural reckoning—not least within the media. Drawing on a study of 45 years of news media reporting of Aboriginal activism, this seminar series poses the question: is the media failing in the way it tells Aboriginal stories? How can the media more effectively and fairly represent Aboriginal political worlds? What does the shift from print to online and social media mean for Aboriginal stories? In this Zoom seminar series, we bring together media researchers, historians, former policy makers and members of the growing cohort of Aboriginal journalists whose work is disrupting the patterns of the past, to discuss these questions.
Released in early 2020, ‘Does the media fail Aboriginal political aspirations? 45 years of news media reporting of key political moments’ reviews mainstream print media of 11 key moments in Aboriginal political life, finding approaches to telling stories that range from sympathetic stalling to patronising parodies. The study was conducted by Amy Thomas, Professor Heidi Norman, and Professor Andrew Jakubowicz, with contributions from Lorena Allam, Alison Whittaker, Amy McQuire and Anne Maree Payne.
Seminar 1: Wednesday 19 August 2020, 1-2pm
Stan Grant (CSU, formerly ABC), Heidi Norman (UTS) and Devleena Ghosh (UTS).
Seminar 2: Thursday 20 August 2020, 1-2pm
Robert Tickner (Former Indigenous Affairs Minister), Catherine Liddle (First Nations Media), Jason Ardler (Former head of Aboriginal Affairs NSW) and Andrew Jakubowicz (UTS).
Seminar 3: Thursday 27 August 2020, 1-2:30pm
Madeline Hayman-Reber (Freelance/Read the Room podcast), Rachel Hocking (NITV) Tanja Dreher, (UNSW).
Seminar 4: Thursday 3 September 2020, 1:00pm-2:30pm
Ella Archibald-Binge (SMH/Age), Lorena Allam (Guardian), Anne-Maree Payne (UTS), Amy Thomas (UTS).