The Australia Council for the Arts youth initiative – THE PROGRAM – has announced it will continue to partner with Triple J to run the successful J Arts Crew – an innovative media partnership completing the creative loop between what’s online, on-air and offline, in 2007.
THE PROGRAM is the Australia Council’s national youth arts and culture website, designed to connect young people to all things creative. Triple J is Australia’s only national youth radio network dedicated to the expression of youth culture in all its forms.
Four new reporters – Fiona Nelson (WA), Josie Hurst (TAS), Marianne Mettes (ACT), Rebecca Arbon (NT) will join existing J Arts Crew members Lachlan Tetlow-Stuart (SA), Jennifer Hopper (VIC), Claire Frost (NSW) and Fiona Hogg (QLD) to demystify the arts, break down traditional stereotypes and inspire young people to experience more arts and culture.
Coming from a community radio background and a diverse involvement in the arts including everything from fine arts, comics, carving, digital art and performance, the new team represents the eclectic face of the arts in Australia today.
The J Arts Crew will be coordinated centrally and mentored by a producer at Triple J. The J Arts Crew gathered in Sydney recently for intensive broadcast and online training before being sent out to research and sample the arts from their state/territory.
The reporters will produce one segment each fortnight, based at their local ABC studios, which will broadcast across the Triple J network and will be available to local ABC radio.
Transcripts of the broadcast packages are published online at THE PROGRAM website in addition to the J Arts Crew section of the Triple J website which contains all arts-related content. Profiles and contact details of the J Arts Crew are available online at THE PROGRAM website.
Past recruits of the project have gone onto to secure employment with ABC Radio News Room Hobart, ABC Rage Sydney, ABC Radio, Darwin, Big Harts Ngapartji Ngapartji project, and other key media and arts organisations.
The J Arts Crew is a joint initiative of the Australia Council for the Arts and Triple J.