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NT Mojos

While our primary role involves working with governments to ensure the effective delivery of the Remote Service Delivery strategy, we are conscious of the need to represent Indigenous perspectives on how it is all working on the ground.

The Northern Territory Mobile Journalists was a pilot project funded by the Australian Government. The project gave 11 carefully selected Indigenous Territorians the skills and technology to tell their stories using specially equipped iPhones. The careful selection process for participants involved local elders, existing media centres and outlets, Government Business Managers and Indigenous Engagement Officers. All selected Mojos attended a week long intensive training course at the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BIITE).

Mojos were taught basic journalistic and technical skills enabling them to tell stories as well as how to shoot, edit and upload them to the NT Mojos website. Following training, the Mojos returned home to their communities where they received assistance and support in developing and producing their story.

At the Office of the Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services (OCGRIS) we feel that this is an important initiative and want to see it gain further development. In addition, we are keen to include stories from within the communities which provide a strong perspective and give local people a voice through this website.

Through BIITE, we have been able to commission three Mojos to produce short video stories focussing on issues relevant to Remote Service Delivery. We will progressively load stories on this website from Galiwin’ku, Wurrumiyanga and Numbulwar over the coming months.

The first story is by NT Mojo Brendan Yunipingu from Galiwin'ku, Elcho Island. The story is focussed around an RSD program for children who were not participating at school and using music as a way to re-engage them.

The second story is by NT Mojo Ron Poantumilui from Wurrumiyanga. The story is focussed on the 24 hour services provided by the Mulakunya Flexible Aged Care Services centre in Wurrumiyanga.

A third and final story is in progress.

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