Press Council launches Reconciliation Action Plan

Press Council launches Reconciliation Action PlanImage: Justin Brierty

The Australian Press Council has launched its own Indigenous Reconciliation Action Plan in collaboration with the Reconciliation Australia.

The objective of the plan is to promote understanding and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and will be implemented over the next two years.

The plan includes a push to provide more opportunities through Indigenous jobs and internships within news media and by improving the quality of reporting and journalist knowledge on indigenous culture.

It will work in conjunction with Reconciliation Action Plans already adopted by publishers.

Australian Press Council chairman Prof David Weisbrot, said: “Our member publications tell Australia’s stories, including both the hardships faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their successes, and this RAP is one way of ensuring that Indigenous people and perspectives are involved in shaping that narrative.”

The Koori Mail recently joined the press council and is the first Indigenous member.

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