The NEMBC extend a warm welcome to attend the NEMBC National Conference in Sydney from 25 to the 27 November at the Novotel Sydney Central. The conference is hosted by 2000FM Sydney’s full time Ethnic community radio station.
The NEMBC annual conference is a unique conference representing thousands of ethnic community broadcasters. The event brings together government representatives, community leaders, academics, multicultural organisations, radio station managers and broadcasters from across Australia. This is an opportunity for ethnic community broadcasters to network, discuss and debate key issues that relate to community broadcasting, the media and multicultural policies.
Our conference begins on Friday 25 November with the Youth Media Conference, the only event of its kind in Australia bringing together young community radio broadcasters, media producers, community leaders and organisations from a diverse range of multicultural backgrounds. These young people are Australia’s leading network of up and coming media makers and are the faces that can with much inspiration shape Australia’s radio journalist landscape over the next twenty years.
Radioactive Youth Media Conference Friday 25 November 9.00 am – 4.30 pm
Main Conference Reception Friday evening 25 November
NEMBC Main Conference Saturday 26 November 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Gala Dinner and Awards Presentation Saturday 26 November 7.00 pm – late
NEMBC 2016 AGM Sunday 27 November 9.00 am – 2.00 pm
The NEMBC conference will be opened by prominent politicians from the Coalition, Labor and the Greens. Invited to the official opening are Minister for Communications the Hon Mitch Fifield, Shadow Minister for Communications Hon Michelle Rowland, Assistant Multicultural Affairs Minister Hon Zed Seselja, Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Australia Hon Tony Burke MP, Greens Senator Scott Ludlam who holds the communications portfolio for the Greens and Premier of NSW and the Leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party Mr Mike Baird.
Keynote Speaker – Ms Michelle Guthrie
With a strong background in business management, media management and content development she has led a global career as a leading executive in the media industry in Australia, the UK, Asia and the US.
Theme: Identity and Representation
This year’s theme is ‘Identity and Representation’ and will consider the ongoing struggle to maintain our principles of visibility, independence, diversity and multiculturalism.
Ethnic communities have a high level of visibility in Australia however ‘identity’ remains an ongoing issue in the face of changing media landscape, funding challenges and globalisation. Recent surveys show that multiculturalism is alive and well in Australia. However it is always challenged by a range of issues including an overall mainstreaming of services that require new business models that is ‘consumer driven’ and ask for more ‘efficiency and effectiveness’. Ultimately the Ethnic communities that are ‘specialised’ in their needs have the most to lose. In this session we explore the mainstreaming of services and the effect this has on ethnic communities. We will also explore how organisations have used inclusion policies and services that provide and encourage ‘identity’ issues for Ethnic communities.
A key aim of this session is to analyse and discuss media representations of migrant communities in Australia. Important to that is to explore the role of media and links between media and ethnic communities and its effect on negative media coverage, identify barriers and look for solutions to increase visibility of ethnic representation.
The session will further develop a framework to guide the media’s engagement with and reporting of issues relating to migrant communities and see how ethnic community broadcasting can accelerate this engagement.
‘Identity and Representation’ Youth Conference Theme: The Youth Conference will be looking at Identity and Representation and ‘Taking youth issues to people in power’.
The main theme for this year’s NEMBC Youth Media Conference is ‘taking youth issues to people in power’. Young people all over Australia are feeling disengaged because the people who make decisions for their future don’t appear to have any desire to find out what’s really going on with them. What are they concerned about? What do they want their future to look like?
The NEMBC Youth Media conference aims to bridge the gap between decision makers and get youth voices heard by equipping young people with the tools they need to get their messages to the ears of those who can make change.
Joseph Caputo OAM JP – Chairperson FECCA
Joe was elected Chairperson of the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) in 2013. Joe has been involved in advocacy for the rights of minorities throughout all of his adult life.
Prior to becoming FECCA Chairperson, Joe served as Chair of the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria between 2011-2013. Joe is still serving as a member of the Executive of the ECCV in the capacity of immediate past Chair.
Dr Peter Gale – University of South Australia
Dr Gale has been teaching and researching in Australian Studies, on a wide range of topics, including reconciliation, immigration, multiculturalism, asylum seeker policy, racism, Australian politics, and the media racism.
Ms. Tanya Hosch – General Manager, Inclusion and Social Policy, AFL
Tanya Hosch, one of Australia’s highest-profile Indigenous women, has been appointed to lead the AFL’s campaign to battle violence against women.
The Torres Strait Islander – who led a campaign to promote Indigenous recognition in the constitution – has joined the AFL executive in a new super portfolio to promote diversity and social inclusion covering race, gender, multiculturalism, sexuality and disability.
Asylum Seekers and Refugees:
Offshore processing is one of the recent biggest blotches on Australia’s human right principles and it continues to haunt politicians. Yet adults and children still languish in deplorable conditions waiting for years as reports continue to be released about abuse and the shocking horror of what these people have experienced. This session will address the issue and explore what more Ethnic community broadcasting could be doing about this issue.
Reporting on Islam:
The aim of the Reporting Islam Project is to improve the quality of mainstream news media reporting on stories about or involving Islam and Muslims. It is focused on addressing negative and routine stereotyping of Islam and Muslims by the news media and is led by Associate Professor Jacqui Ewart and Professor Mark Pearson from Griffith University.
Community broadcasting Foundation (CBF)
Don’t miss the latest news on funding and the opportunity to ask questions as the CBF head into a completely new grants system in 2017.
Networking and Marketing:
This session will look at how to market and promote campaign ideas to ethnic community broadcasters and will involve representatives from regional stations. It will include networking for multicultural organisations that want to better connect to ethnic broadcasters and will show how ethnic broadcasters are now reaching a larger global audience by speaking to their diaspora across different continents.
Radio Journalism and media accreditation:
Whether you are a paid professional broadcaster or a volunteer presenter, consider yourself as a radio journalist. How media accreditation can lead to mainstream acceptance and sponsorship opportunities for your radio station.back to top
The Gala Dinner will be held in the Novotel Sydney Central on Saturday evening 26 November.
At the Gala Dinner the National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasters’ Council (NEMBC) will announce the winners of the broadcasting Awards to recognise excellence in ethnic and multicultural community broadcasting. The Award categories are:
- NEMBC Program of the Year
- Volunteer of the Year
- Radio Station of the Year
- Tony Manicaros Award – grants up to $2,000
- The Multicultural/Ethnic Women’s Program of the Year
- The Multicultural/Ethnic Youth Program of the Year
The NEMBC Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday morning at 9 am. This year is not an election year but please ensure your membership fees are paid and voting delegates appointed prior to the AGM. There can be motions sent prior to the AGM and the Conference often produces motions.
Click here to register for the main conference. Early bird registration close 14 October.
NOVOTEL SYDNEY CENTRAL : Conveniently located close to the city centre, Novotel Sydney Central is situated in the heart of Sydney’s entertainment and university districts with the Capitol Theatre nearby.
From Sydney Airport guests have an option of a 20 min taxi ride or alternately the Airport link train which will take guests to Central Station, a short 5 min walk to the hotel.
Ph: (02) 9281 6888; Em: firstname.lastname@example.org
Booking Code: 2816952
Rate: $239.00 subject to availability or 15% off best rate
Great Southern Hotel 717 George Street, Sydney
Ph: (02) 9289 4411; Em: email@example.com
Booking Code: NEMBC Group ##2229901
Rate: $219 per night for the night of 26/11 & $149 per night for the night of 27/11
Leisure Inn Sydney Central 28-30 Regent Street, Sydney
Ph: (02) 8023 3333; Em: firstname.lastname@example.org
Booking Code: NEMBC
Rate: $205 per night
Sydney Central YHA 11 Rawson Place, Sydney
Ph: (02) 9218 9000
Private rooms – from $118 (double or twin) per night
Private room with ensuite – $136 per night
Dorms shared rooms – $40 per night
City Central Budget Accommodation
707 George Street, Sydney
Ph: (02) 9211 9999
Rate: $25 per night in dorm accommodation
Stay tuned for more information.