The Community Broadcasting Association (CBF) has announced that the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia has been awarded AUD$2.8 million over four years to manage the Enhanced National News Project.
This project is designed to improve the quality and reliability of news content available to the community broadcasting sector to “provide audiences with respected, valued and well-utilised alternative news services”.
Over four years, the project will promote diverse voices, stories and perspectives of the Australian community and build capacity for local reporting, particularly for journalists in regional and remote communities.
The project will include:
- Development of a Network Hub, a centralised content-sharing space.
- Development of a platform and resources to encourage and support local broadcasters to read news and contribute content to local bulletins, including ready-to-air scripts, editorial/style guidelines, as well as providing ready-to-broadcast stories and bulletins.
- In-person and online training to enhance journalistic skills.
- Enhancing technology and infrastructure to improve the quality and reliability of news content available for broadcast.
- Forming a News Advisory Group of community media journalists and news producers to encourage collaboration and inclusive reporting.
The additional funding for this project was made available as a result of the passage of the Australian Government’s Media Reform Package.