The CMTO attended the 20th Remote Indigenous Media Festival, hosted by First Nations Media Australia (FNMA) and Torres Strait Island Media Association (TSIMA) on Waiben, Thursday Island in the Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia in September 2019.

Over 145 delegates were in attendance, travelling from near and far, all sharing a common thread of celebrating culture and nurturing & multiplying media skills across the numerous talented Indigenous communities in Australia.  

The theme of the festival was Gathering Voices and over the course of the week CMTO Trainers, Mikaela Ford, Tony Collins and Luke Pearson provided intensive workshops around gathering voices and stories through Podcasting and News Production.

Tony Collins and Mikaela Ford, assisted by Clare Richardson and Andrew Dodd from The University of Melbourne delivered Podcast training involving storytelling, production and presentation. Over 3 days, 13 participants worked to develop their own Podcasts based on their culture, stories and interests. In completion, 8 stellar Podcasts were finalised and presented. Listen to the remarkable work on indigiTUBE HERE.

Indigenous X CEO and CMTO Trainer Luke Pearson lead a powerhouse workshop in News Production. Luke was assisted by Agnes Cusack former ABC Correspondent and CAAMA (Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association) consultant, Patrick Mercer from Centre for Advancing Journalism, University of Melbourne and Indigenous X and Mikaela Ford, Assistant Training Manager at the CMTO. In completion, 8 articles were finalised in English and Language. The articles can now be found on IndigenousX.

The CMTO are proud to have partnered with First Nations Media Australia in delivering training at the 20th Remote Indigenous Media Festival and would like to acknowledge the traditional owners, the Kaurareg people for welcoming us to their home and sharing such an extraordinary and special experience.