National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Media Awards 2017

Nominations are now open.

Our annual media awards celebrate the value of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander media and broadcasting in Australia. The awards have been restructured into two categories this year to include national representation with our recent expansion to national peak body; the Remote Indigenous Media Awards and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Media Awards. The new award categories ensure that excellence and emerging talent across the national and remote sector are recognised.

Nominations are now open to submit entries for both categories. Winners of the Remote Indigenous Media Awards will be presented at the 19th Remote Indigenous Media Festival in Irrunytju (Wingellina) 25-30 September. Winners of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Media Awards will be announced at our inaugural ceremony at the National Industry Conference in Brisbane 7-9 November.

Our National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Media Awards (NATSIMA) recognise the very best across the country and are open to the urban, regional and remote media industry.

Nominations close Friday 25 August 2017. 

Click on the links below to nominate.

Major Award

Preston Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement
The Preston Award was inaugurated and presented to PAKAM at the 2003 BRACS Festival in recognition of one of our pioneers, Mr Nooley Preston. Nooley was a founding broadcaster at Wangki Yupurnanupurru Radio in Fitzroy Crossing and trained for the BRACS Certificate at Batchelor in the first years of the course. He was a tireless and beloved champion of Remote Community Media. The Award is presented annually in recognition of lifetime achievement and dedication to the development of the national remote Indigenous media industry.

Pictured at right: Gilbert Walkuli (TEABBA) winner of the 2016 Preston Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement

Media Industry

Governance Development Award
This Award is to recognise best practice in governance and leadership. Organisations are invited to outline activities in the last year relating to governance development and training, strategic planning, community consultation and engagement, or other activities that have improved organisational governance practices.

Best Technical Innovation Award
This Award recognises innovation and technical solutions to address challenges of broadcast, media and communications delivery, including responding and adapting to digital convergence opportunities. Organisations are invited to outline a recent project or activity that has been implemented to effectively address a technical issue or need.

Best Station Promotion Award
This Award is open to organisations to apply. It recognises the originality, production values and effectiveness of a short promotion, station ID, sponsorship campaign or community service announcement.

Best Outside Broadcast Award
This Award is open to organisations to apply based on an outside broadcast in the last 12 months. It recognises the importance of outside broadcasts as a means of engaging with the community and featuring special events or community activities. Samples of the broadcast are required to demonstrate community participation and effectiveness of event or activity coverage.

Best Journalism Award
This Award is open to individuals. It recognises outstanding journalism. It can be radio, television, print or online and must have been published or broadcast in the last 12 months.

Best Radio Production Award
This Award is open to an individual or organisation. It recognises the research, story development, interview techniques and post production that go in to making effective radio content. The radio production must have been completed in the last 12 months.

Best Training and Professional Development Award
This Award is open to organisations to apply. It recognises the planning and delivery of engaging, timely, appropriate training and professional development for media workers and staff. It can include formal and informal training and partnerships, provided the role of the nominating organisation is clearly outlined.

Best Innovation in Digital Media Award
This Award is open to an individual or organisation to apply. It aims to showcase innovative use of digital and online media technologies and platforms to deliver content and engage with new and existing audiences. It may include social media, website development, audio streaming, podcasting, blogging and apps.

Best Television Production
This Award recognises the research, story development, interview techniques and post production that go in to making engaging television content. Television production must have been completed in the last 12 months.

Submit your nominations now for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Media Awards. You must be an IRCA member to nominate. Not an IRCA member yet? Apply now and become part of the powerful and connected voice of our media industry.

Click here to nominate for the Remote Indigenous Media Awards