JNI’s Community Voices program has been recognised as a finalist in the Public Interest Award category of the NSW Premier’s Multicultural Communications Awards.
Community Voices gives people from diverse backgrounds media training, practical experience and support to help them speak publicly about issues that are important to them and their communities.
Twelve participants are undertaking the program in Sydney this year, and next year’s cohort is being selected in Melbourne.
JNI’s Director of Education, Andrea Ho, said the Institute was thrilled to have been nominated for the awards.
“Strong communication skills and having the confidence and contacts to engage with news media is an important part of participating in Australian society,” she said.
“This nomination recognises that Community Voices is not only helping to connect news media to a broader range of people and points of view, the program is also contributing to community cohesion.”
The Minister for Multiculturalism, Natalie Ward, said the awards recognise the important role of multicultural media and communications in connecting diverse communities.
“I sincerely congratulate our outstanding winners and finalists for bringing an important voice to topics such as racism, migrant exploitation and the impact of COVID on our diverse communities,” Mrs Ward said.