Continuing on from the previous post, here are some story suggestions from Tiga Bayles, Chairman of the National Indigenous Radio Service:
• Instead of the constant stream of negative stories, we need positive stories showing and explaining the links between land and health.
• It’s not just about having stories in the mainstream media; it’s also about having Aboriginal controlled media reaching the mainstream. At our radio station, we program country music because it helps attract the white audience. If we’ve got the bees coming to the honey pot, then we can put some other nutritious benefits out for them, like the fact of Aboriginal achievements.
• What about some stories investigating the benefits of Aboriginal controlled education?
• What about journalists spending some time in the communities affected by welfare quarantining? Let them live, and see and feel and taste it, stay there for some time, not fly in fly out. So they can wake up and experience life in the community, to walk in their shoes, rather than having journalists write about it from Melbourne and Sydney where they haven’t got a bloody clue and they’re hearing second hand from some bureaucrat.