Mainstream media has long been guilty of not giving enough exposure to Indigenous stories and failing to prioritise the voices of Indigenous reporters.
The fourth and final episode of the ‘Stories Worth Telling’ podcast, ‘First on the Ground’, considers the best Indigenous reporting from around the world and identifies the changes that are needed to see better First Nations representation in leading media networks.
The podcast features a panel of leading First Nations journalists:
- Rachel Hocking — Warlpiri journalist and co-host of NITV’s ‘The Point’
- Tanya Talaga — Anishinaabe and Polish Canadian journalist and author of ‘All Our Relations’
- Marlee Silva — Kamilaroi/Dunghutti journalist and co-founder of the Tiddas4Tiddas podcast
The Stories Worth Telling podcast series was created by the Judith Neilson Institute in partnership with the Sydney Writers’ Festival.
It celebrates outstanding long-form, non-fiction writing and Indigenous reporting around the world, and provides a global outlook on the history, possibilities and future of journalism.
Tanya Talaga is Anishinaabe and Polish Canadian, her maternal family is from Fort William First Nation and her father was Polish. Tanya is a journalist and head of Makwa Creative Inc. an Indigenous media company. She joins the Globe and Mail as a columnist in September. Tanya is the author of two national bestsellers. Her first book, Seven Fallen Feathers, was the winner of the RBC Taylor Prize, the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, and the First Nation Communities Read Award: Young Adult/Adult. Her second book, All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward, was a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-Fiction. Talaga’s first podcast series Seven Truths, will be out this October.
Rachael Hocking is a Warlpiri woman with roots in the Tanami Desert of the Northern Territory. She has been a reporter and presenter for NITV since 2015, and currently co-hosts its flagship show The Point. In 2019 she joined the board for the Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma in the Asia Pacific, where she advocates for better, trauma-informed reporting in Indigenous communities. Rachael is an intersectional feminist who is passionate about Aboriginal women’s rights, language revival and climate justice.
Marlee Silva is a 24 year old Gamilaroi/Dunghutti writer, podcaster and co-founder of Tiddas 4 Tiddas, the social media-based movement dedicated to elevating stories of inspiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls from across the country. Her debut novel My Tidda, My Sister inspired by Tiddas 4 Tiddas is set to be released later this year.