Australia

Feb 1, 2013

Native title, mining and myths of reporting on indigenous Australia

We can't quickly stop inaccurate reporting on native title, writes freelance writer and former native title solicitor Sarah Burnside. We can, however, learn to listen carefully.

Issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are often poorly reported, seemingly reflecting handy pre-prepared narratives kept in a journalist’s back pocket. This was well demonstrated in Jennifer Mills’ incisive 2011 piece “How to write about Aboriginal Australia”.

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  1. Helen

    Excellent points. The Australian media as a whole should really lift its game in this area.

  2. Kevin Tyerman

    Thank you Sarah,
    I appreciate your coverage and outlook on this subject.

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