When we recall Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the media, we might remember sports stars, dancers, artists, and activists. These people are inspirational for many, especially Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who look to these people as role models. We seldom remember Indigenous doctors, scientists or engineers.
At the AusSMC we are passionate about encouraging Indigenous scientists to engage with the media. By sharing their knowledge, expertise and stories, Indigenous scientists can inspire others to follow in their footsteps.
Watch our new video to learn more about the program and how you can get involved.
The Indigenous Media Mentoring Program (IMMP) provides intensive media training to competitively selected Indigenous scientists and researchers, giving them the skills and the confidence to engage with media. Media exposure can positively impact careers, enable participation in national debate, and position participants as role models to promote STEM.
The IMMP is unique in Australia. It provides practical hands-on media experience with media partner NITV-SBS, mentoring from Indigenous researchers, media trainers and Indigenous journalists, and an expert profile on AusSMC’s science news portal, Scimex. It incorporates frank discussion of the issues Indigenous experts can experience when working with media and strategies to manage these.
The program was funded in 2020 thanks to financial support from CSL and ConocoPhillips. CLICK HERE for a media release issued on the eve of the latest program.
"I have personally seen the benefits [of the program] to not only individual researchers but the wider audience and the positive effect this has on public discourse" - Dr Misty Jenkins, IMMP mentor
"I have since pursued specific media relationships which have resulted in several radio interviews [and]... co-producing a radio program, as well as being an interviewer... I wouldn't have been as confident doing this without some of the background and exposure the AusSMC mentoring program gave me" - Dr Megan Williams, previous IMMP participant
Interested in participating in future programs? Please contact us: IMMP@SMC.ORG.AU
Like to help? If you would like to support this initiative in the future so that we can extend this opportunity to as many Indigenous researchers as possible, please CONTACT US.