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Supporting remote Indigenous media and communications

IRCA is the peak body that represents and advocates for the media and communications interests of remote and very remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Australia.  IRCA promotes the important role played by remote Indigenous media in maintaining language and culture and providing tools for self-representation and community development.  IRCA supports remote Indigenous media organisations (RIMOs) that have played a key role in the development of the remote media and communications industry in Australia.

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IMG 0921IRCA Manager Daniel Featherstone recently visited Radio '4 Meriba Wakai' (4MW) - 1260am to meet with the TSIMA Board to assist with planning the establishment of the Remote Indigenous Media Organisation. IRCA has offered ongoing support with the RIMO development.

Announcing the 2014 Remote Media Award Winners

IRCA is proud to announce the following results of the Remote Media Awards for 2014: 

Winner of the Preston Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement: Henry Augustine of Pilbara and Kimberley Aboriginal Media (PAKAM)Preston Award Henry Augustine sm

Henry has been a dedicated remote media worker for 17 years, starting with Goolarri Media in 1997, training and working as a sound recordist, TV presenter and radio broadcaster.  He successfully completed Cert II in BRACS through Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Education. And Certificates II and IV in Broadcasting (Screen) through Goolarri Media.  He worked for many years in the PAKAM RIMO Coordination Unit, managing the PAKAM Radio Network hub in Broome and producing many video programmes for ICTV. Last year he returned to his home community of Beagle Bay and continues to broadcast daily on the PAKAM network and make video programmes for his community.  Henry has been a tireless worker for the development of Indigenous media in remote communities of the Pilbara and Kimberley and has served conscientiously on the boards of PAKAM, ICTV and IRCA.

Winner of the NITV Spirit Award:  PAW Media for 'Desert Yarns - Yuendumu Early Days' (presented by Pauline Clague, NITV)

The NITV Spirit Award, initiated in 2013, is given to develop a video project with a strong storyline into a half hour documentary for prime time screening on NITV.  NITV provides a presale of $30,000 to the organisation and supports the organisation with the project’s development.  This is the second year PAW Media have won this prize.


Read more: Announcing the 2014 Remote Media Award Winners

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Featured Media Worker: Trevor Ishiguchi

Trevor Ishiguchi started working with PAKAM in 2010. He previously worked with the Education Department as a Teacher’s Assistant in Oombulgurri community. Although Trevor has had no prior experience in media, he has shown natural talent through broadcasting and helping to choreograph his music video clip for “Little Lady”. This production won Most Popular Music Clip on Indigitube in 2012 at the National Remote Indigenous Media Festival. Trevor has also helped to produce a music clip for his song, “For A long Time”, which can also be viewed on Indigitube. You can also listen to Trevor on his radio program, Seabreeze Hour, from 1-2pm Mon-Thurs. The program consists of acoustic sounds and is very popular on the PAKAM network. Trevor is currently finishing his Certificate II in Sound Engineering and once completed, hopes to gain more experience in the film area of media.

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