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OURMedia 2014 — Digital Storytelling — QUT
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OURMedia 2014

OURMedia overview

OURMedia is an international network of alternative, citizens' and community media scholars and practitioners. In 2014 OurMedia met at the Centre for Social and Creative Media at the University of Goroka in the highlands from 21-25th July. A QUT delegation, comprised of academics and Industry Partners drawn from an Australian Research Council Linkage with Industry participated in the conference. In the final session Dot West (Goolarri Media Enterprises), Helen Simondson (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) and Brad Hasemand and Jo Kenny offered their perspectives on the importance of critical participatory media for public culture, Indigenous media and education. (See session abstract below. For more information about the Co-creative Communities Linkage see this page.)

The conference was extremely productive, with opportunities for potential partnerships between delegates and the University of Goroka identified. It was also a deeply moving experience. Jo Kenny captures that emotion in her digital story of the OURMedia conference.

Participation in digital media culture: curating community in Australia

Participation in digital media culture: curating community in Australia

Panel discussion, OURMedia 2014


Diversifying the stories that are told, by whom, how, and in what forms is a key driver of Indigenous and community media movements. Australia has substantial Indigenous and community media sectors. They are made up of television and radio broadcasters and are extend into online initiatives as digital technology expands the possibilities for participation. Many of these initiatives are driven by independent producers, community-based artists, and activists who use digital media for a variety of purposes. These range from improving cultural and economic outcomes for local communities, to building international solidarity movements around human rights and environmental issues. Digital technologies also compel public service media to find new ways to engage with communities and their stories. Cultural heritage institutions are also trying to become more interactive.

The participants in this panel are involved in a national Australian research project that is investigating the role of indigenous, community media and arts organisations in propagating digital storytelling skills and opportunities for media participation on a population-wide basis.  Each panellist tells a story about how the institutions they represent are being changed by the communities they seek to serve.


This activity was undertaken as part of an Australian Research Council Linkage Project, Digital storytelling and co-creative media: the role of community arts and media in propagating and coordinating population wide creative practice (LP1110127). Delegates also gratefully acknowledge the funding and in-kind support from our Industry and University Partners that made participation in OURMedia 2014 possible.

OURMedia 2014

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