ABC seeks listeners' stories

AN INITIATIVE of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, called ABC Open, is a project aimed at publishing and producing stories from ABC listeners across Australia and creating an online community space where they can be shared.

ABC Radio North Coast is one of the regional centres for the project.

North Coast-based ABC Open producer, Catherine Marciniak, is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and television producer.

She has lived on the North Coast for the past 13 years and has mentored and trained many emerging screen content makers during her career.

“Launched in 2010, ABC Open is a wonderful resource for our community,” Ms Marciniak said.

“It gets more stories about regional Australians on the public broadcaster, it allows our audience to have an interactive relationship with the ABC and, at the same time, it teaches screen content creators and the general public the digital skills they need to make the most of living in the digital age.”

Bangalow-based film, TV and digital media specialists, Northern Rivers Screenworks, has partnered with the ABC to run an information workshop on ABC Open. The workshop, being held today at 4pm at the A&I Hall in Bangalow,will cover how ABC Open helps regional communities tell our stories.

From uploading a photo or video story, to writing a blog, ABC Open has a range of collaborative story-telling projects in which all are invited to take part.

At this workshop, Ms Marciniak will explain the current opportunities that exist at ABC Open and the projects she is working on, including: Portrait of a Stranger photographic competition; One Small Window video project; and One on One: Laid Off – a documentary project which follows the personal stories of the Grafton-based Telstra staff who were laid off just before Christmas. Participants are advised to bring a digital stills camera or camera phone to the session.

Ms Marciniak will demonstrate the process of the Portrait of Stranger project.

Further workshops are scheduled for Lismore (February 21), Murwillumbah (February 27) and Byron Bay and Grafton in March. For details, go to or

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