Welcome to 2017

Almost Over
Four months into 2017 and this year is marked with historic achievements within our industry, both in front and behind the scenes.

Congratulations on the success of AIDC in Melbourne in early March – and well done to all the nominees for this year Logies including Rob Collins, Hunter Page-Lochard, Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Goalpost Pictures for Cleverman and Blackfella Films for Deep Water.

There is great news also from AFTRS which has announced a record intake of Indigenous students.

I’m super excited for 17 year-old Isaiah Firebrace from Moama being announced as Australia’s contestant at Eurovision Song Contest in Kyviv, Ukraine.

Strategic Plan Update

The Media RING Board is proud to present our first strategic plan detailing our ambitions this year after months of consultations and workshops.  Please see below for additional information on the Media RING Strategy.

Thank you to all for your feedback into the strategy, we have attached the plan with our targets and meeting timetables.

We now need volunteers to join the working groups and more members to join us, especially as we begin to raise important dollars to help us achieve our aspirations.

I’m especially excited by our new ‘Connect Events’ proposal designed around industry gatherings and dates of significance, like National Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week.

We have now incorporated Media RING as a company limited by guarantee.  It means we can employ people and enter into partnerships etc.

I want to remind you that we will be asking for member contributions before June 30 so that we can give our new Co-ordinator some security of employment.

Big Year – No Blankets

Significant moments to acknowledge include the protests from the Day of Mourning last century.  It’s good to reflect on how change was achieved 50 years ago during the 1967 Referendum and then 25 years later in 1992 when the High Court Mabo Decision paved way for further rights recognition for our First Nations.

These moments in history were catalysts of change for our Nation including change within the media industry, reminding us of how far we have come and what we are yet to achieve.

Importantly these moments in history inspire us to continue the work of those who led the way.

On that note I thank those who founded and drove this Media RING, the first industry group of its kind.  I welcome those new to Media RING as we get set for a big 2017 of making history.

After more than a year in the job, Kodi Bedford, Media RING Coordinator has taken on other work and we are sad to see her move on.  The executive is pleased to announce that Medika Thorpe, most recently Manager of the inaugural, successful Winda Indigenous Film Festival has been appointed as the Media RING’s new Coordinator.  We warmly welcome Medika to the Media RING and look forward to working with her.

Please contact me if you have any questions.  We will hope to have an AGM later in the year where we can all get together as one group.

Tanya Orman
Chair, Media RING
Channel Manager, NITV