To maintain a harmonious and democratic society, it is critical that our media reflects the diversity of our community.
Yet with 75% of media employees being white, male, monolingual English speakers, young women or gender non-conforming need greater support to ensure their voices are heard. Hear Me Roar provides training and access to those who need it most, helping to make our media landscape an honest representation of Australia today.
“Having the platform to just grow, was crucial, and being entrusted with responsibility is the key to growing – something that young people deeply struggle to gain. You need experience to get a job, you need a job to get experience. SYN was the missing link between me being just a student – and becoming a young professional in the media industry.
I was offered free radio training via SYN’s incredible Access Programming, it was something I’d never considered doing in my life. I was terrified and enthralled.
To be told that people wanted to hear my voice, what I had to say, is there anything more terrifying than that? But then to be supported and shown that what I had to say was valued, gave me something I’d never had before, confidence, and taught me something about myself – that I can achieve anything I want.”
– Evrim, SYN participant
Hear Me Roar will bring together a group of 10 young women and gender non-conforming young people to learn media and broadcasting skills. They will work to create a weekly radio show for a school term. Each participant will also receive extra in depth training in the form of a day workshop, in addition to the standard SYN Media training, and will be supported by media mentors in their media career aspirations.
A special thank you to the Phyllis Connor Memorial Trust for supporting this project.
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