2014 Mentoring Partnerships


We are delighted to present the following as our mentoring partnerships for this year:


Honni Cox (Edge, Hobart) and David Melzer; David has worked since the early 90s in broadcast management in regional, remote and metropolitan stations. He has mainly worked in the community sector, having managed Indigenous, ethnic and specialist music stations and also spent time at the ABC and SBS.

Jack Long (Bay FM, Byron Bay) and Ann Tonks; Ann is currently Principal Research Fellow in the School of Culture and Communications at the University of Melbourne and arts consultant after being Executive Director of Melbourne Theatre Company for 18 years. Prior to that she was (amongst other things) an academic and radio manager.

Yen Eriken (2XX, Canberra) and Jenny O’Keefe; Jenny has been working and volunteering in community radio since 2005, starting out at JOY 94.9 as a trainee. She has worked as a youth coordinator, training manager, broadcasting trainer and a breakfast announcer at PBS.

Bianca Gawith (Gippsland FM, Traralgon) and Zoe Warwick; Zoe has worked with hundreds of artists and managers over the last 23 years in a variety of roles. She has presented radio at Joy 94.9 and RTR FM, featured on Channel 31 program Bent TV and directs, choreographs and supports performing artists with new works.

Sam Maloney (3Way FM, Warrnambool) and Natalie Pozdeev; Natalie is Head of Radio at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, and was previously the Head of Communications and Media at Sydney TAFE. Natalie currently sits on on the Board of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia and was Station Manager of 2RRR 88.5FM from 2003 to 2008.

The first workshop involved a sort of speed dating exercise so that all the Young Media Leaders and mentors could meet and chat. With such an inspiring and enthusiastic bunch of people in one room, conversation flowed, connections were formed and shared interests found. The YML’s were so inspired and excited and we’re confident that these are going to be very successful partnerships.

Before the April workshop, the YML’s and their mentors will be building strategic objectives for their media hubs. This involves not only setting goals for the hub but also identifying the steps to achieve those goals and how this objective can be measured effectively. Everyone in the project is excited to see how these partnerships grow, change and contribute to the various media hubs, this is only the first step!

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