Ahead of the Australian Federal Election in 2013, the NEMBC put together a Lobbying Toolkit to help broadcasters lobby politicians and conduct in-depth political radio interviews.
Some lobbying ideas for broadcasters, in brief:
- Hold a one-on-one interview with a politician
- Invite a group of people from the community and a politician to discuss issues
- Get your friends and colleagues together in a round table discussion
- Invite candidates and political leaders to tour your station
- Ask your listeners and community leaders to contact local candidates explain the importance of ethnic community radio and seek their support
- Talk about funding for ethnic community broadcasting on your own program
- Organise a forum or meeting at your community radio station
- Write to political parties and political leaders outside of your program
For more information, browse through our Lobbying Toolkit:
- How to run a media campaign – see p 21 of our Leadership Media Manual
- radio tips for the 2013 election campaign
- flyer of some basic facts on why ethnic and multicultural community broadcasting is important
- the latest government inquiry showing that multiculturalism is a defining success story for Australia
Feel free to contact the NEMBC for further ideas or discussion of how you can use your role as a broadcaster to lobby for your community and the multicultural broadcasting sector.