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Media student excels in national broadcast

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Nazareth Alfred (left) was an instrumental part of the national live broadcast for NAIDOC Week


Batchelor Institute media student Nazareth Alfred was a part of the National Indigenous Television (NITV) team that broadcast live the National NAIDOC Awards from Cairns to viewers across the country on Saturday, kicking off NAIDOC Week and celebrating the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders nationwide.

Nazareth is a Torres Strait Islander woman, who has already completed Certificate III in Media at Batchelor Institute. She is currently enrolled in Certificate IV in Screen and Media with Batchelor Institute, and is continuing to build on her media skills.

One of Batchelor Institute media lecturers arranged the placement for Nazareth with NITV, believing that creating possible employment pathways for students and graduates is an important part of his role which helps create successful outcomes for students. Batchelor Institute’s unique media courses offer Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all around Australia the opportunity to study at our campus in the NT, with a flexible mixed-mode structure that also allows them to return to their communities between teaching blocks – taking their skills and new knowledge back home with them.

With a Batchelor of Applied Science, majoring in Cultural Heritage Management from Canberra University, and a BA in Language and linguistics, Nazareth’s varied and extensive educational background has given her a strong knowledge base to draw on for her media work.

She has worked for the National museum of Australia as an Assistant Curator for two years and for the National Gallery of Victoria for fifteen years.

Nazareth says her aspiration is to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in film, and to work with different forms of multi-media and documentary making to contribute to cultural maintenance and sustainability.

“I believe that Nazareth would be an asset to any organisation with her skills, work ethic and general happy and enthusiastic personality,” said Batchelor Institute Media Lecturer Paul Tolley.

“Nazareth was instrumental in helping produce this segment, as well as being an all-round handy person on production,” said NITV Project Manager Rhanna Collins.

“She arrived early, keenly spoke to many in our crew, asked a lot of questions and was so proactive on the night in helping our crew with many various ad hoc duties that arise with a live production. I can’t sing her praises enough in being a major asset to our crew on Saturday night.”

As we continue to celebrate national NAIDOC Week, Nazareth is one of many examples of the significant contributions made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to the country and our society. We look forward to seeing more of her work in the future.

You can learn more about our media courses here.