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Boomerang Mojo News

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1. What is your project? [1 sentence]

Empowering Indigenous people in remote Australia with mobile technology and journalistic skill sets to create their own grass roots less marginalized media voice.

2. How will your project use mobile tools and approaches? [2 sentences]

This project uses mobile phone technology, mobile editing apps and the Internet to create a hyper local news and information network across remote Indigenous Australia. Supplemented by a well tested mobile journalism training pedagogy mojo is also introduced across the curriculum to ensure early adoption and sustainability.

3. Who will use it and why? [1 sentence]

The network and practices will be used by Indigenous people including community members, students and Broadcast for Remote Aboriginal Scheme (BRACS) practitioners living in remote Indigenous communities.

4. Please list three ways they would learn about your project.

(a) Through the BRACS network;

(b) Through school communities

(c) Through satellite television

5. What connections have you made, or will you make, with others [communities, organizations or networks] about your project? [2 sentences]

Phase 1 of the project, which involved training 9 mojos and also testing the project in schools, has been run successfully in 8 communities. We have made contact with another 30 communities who would like to be involved in this Phase 2 proposal.

6. What part of the project have you already built? [1-2 sentences, feel free to include links]

The first part of  project  called NT Mojo involved training 9 mojos from 5 communities, two teachers and a number of students from two schools. You can view work at,  at and,  at and

7. What does success for your project look like? [1-2 sentences]

Success comes in many forms including a more independent, confident and literate Indigenous media sphere. It also is about creating professional journalists in community, jobs to keep them there, which is one of the outcomes of Phase 1 and a more pro-active relationship with MSM.

8. What resources do you need to succeed? [1-2 sentences]

(a) Mobile phones for 5 persons in each of 8 communities

(b) Apps for same

(c) Hyper local network already scoped and chosen

(d) Data costs for 12 months

(e) Travel and accommodation for training and supervision

(f) Reimbursement for story generation for mojos

(d) Fee for mojo trainer and convener

Additional details: You can get extra information at
Please list who is on your team: Ivo Burum (journalist, international mojo trainer and academic); Jonathan Nalder (mLearining expert); Stephen Quinn (online editor SCMP)
Expected number of months to complete project: 12
Estimated Project Cost: $290,000
Name: Ivo Burum
Twitter: @citizenmojo
Email address:
Organization [if applicable]: Burum Media
City: Melbourne
Country: Australia
How did you learn about the contest? Online