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CQU alumnus champions media diversity with new leadership roles

[by Tiahna Fiddling]

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Tanya Orman has joined some of the most influential people in media as a newly appointed Advisory Board Member for Media Diversity Australia, and more recently a position in the SBS Executive Leadership Team as the first Director of Indigenous Content.

As one of only a handful of Aboriginal women in a media leadership role, the CQUniversity Bachelor of Arts (Communications and Journalism) graduate has been a driving force in the delivery of First Nations storytelling - a goal she plans to further develop through her new-found leadership roles.

“I hope to influence greater diversity both on-screen and behind the scenes. We have so many great stories in Australia and as a diverse country it only makes sense that our media represent this,” she said.

“Being included in society and having positive representation is beyond powerful.”

With more than 20 years in the industry, Ms Orman has continued to share the diverse voices of Australia on SBS’s National Indigenous Television (NITV). Empowered by the role media and power of storytelling play, she aspired to make positive contributions in the broadcast landscape by highlighting social cohesion and inclusion.

“I'm passionate about not only ensuring opportunities are available and equal to everyone, but that employers provide inclusive and safe workplaces, and that they place cultural understanding at the heart of their organisation," Ms Orman explained.

“I believe they will be stronger entities because of it, and we will be better media consumers."

As a proud Birri and Guugu Yimidhirr woman from North Queensland, Ms Orman draws from personal experience and understanding of the media industry to help grow and foster a diverse media environment that will recognise the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

“When I was growing up, the negative representation of my community had a profound impact on my family and me, but it also inspired me to believe I could work in media.

“Way back in the 80’s I saw an Aboriginal woman as a News Anchor in Rockhampton. I thought if she could do it then so could I – believing was seeing it!”

As she looks to the future, Ms Orman advocated for the incredible mentors and role models in the current media landscape.

“The industry is competitive, but every bump in the road is a lesson in life destined to teach you and make you better.

“I have seen how the industry has developed and believe it will continue to provide new partnerships, friendships and support networks - it is an exciting story to be a part of!”

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