Media Training Resource

The media training resource, Joining the Conversation: A Media Toolkit for Ethnic Communities can be viewed online here or download as a pdf  here. This resource assists culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities to develop skills to promote correct and positive portrayals of their community in the media. These skills will also help CALD communities address ongoing negative stereotypes about them, and promote an understanding of cultural diversity and its benefits to the wider community.

The resource was developed in collaboration with Queensland University of Technology, Griffith University and the University of Queensland and is the result of statewide media training workshops held in 2012. The workshops, facilitated by university lecturers and mainstream journalists, were attended by CALD community members in Brisbane, Ipswich, Rockhampton, Townsville and Cairns.

The workshops helped to generate publicity for community associations in local media outlets. Listen to Media Training Project Officer, Sam Ryan, and media training participant, Theophile Zawadi, speaking to The Wire’s, Eduardo Jordan, on the success of the project in his story, Mainstream media starts to embrace multiculturalism.

ECCQ held Many Stories, One Australia Media Forums during Harmony Day in 2013 in partnership with the Anti-Discrimination Council of Queensland, UQ, QUT and Griffith University in Rockhampton, Townsville, Cairns and Brisbane to discuss the need for more diverse voices and stories in the media. Read CitizenJ’s story, We can be our own heroes: Increasing cultural diversity in the media about the Brisbane media forum.

Watch the ECCQ & Harmony Day video.

This project was funded by the former Department of Immigration and Citizenship through the Diversity and Social Cohesion Program.