The NT Mojos Story
NT Mojos is an innovative, pilot mobile journalism project that is helping close the gap in the Northern Territory by giving Indigenous communities a chance to tell their stories in their own way.
Funded by the Australian Government, NT Mojos seeks to give Indigenous people from remote Northern Territory communities the skills and technology to tell their stories using specially equipped iPhones to this dedicated website, hosted on www.indigenous.gov.au, a gateway to information on Australian Government Indigenous initiatives and programs.
The stories will cover a range of areas, with a particular focus on the Closing the Gap building block areas of early childhood, health, schooling, healthy homes, safe communities, governance and leadership and economic development.
The 11 Mojos from six communities were chosen in community after a thorough selection process that involved local elders, existing media centres and outlets and Government Business Managers and Indigenous Engagement Officers.
The Mojos, and support people who were chosen to accompany them, then attended a week-long intensive training course at the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BIITE) in Batchelor, NT. For many, it was the first time they had visited Batchelor, though many had heard about it or knew people who had attended the Institute in the past.
At training, the Mojos were taught the basic journalistic skills of story telling as well as the technical skills to shoot, edit and upload their stories to the NT Mojos website. They were also given training in good journalistic practice including the importance of seeking releases from the people they interview.
Following training, the Mojos returned to their communities and the executive producer, Ivo Burum, and BIITE media trainers visited all Mojos to assist and support them in their story development and production.
The NT Mojos project was funded by the Australian Government Department of Families and Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.
The concept was developed by Ivo Burum of Burum Media Pty Ltd and auspiced by the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education through Head of Media, Lynda McCaffery.