Finding their mojo

CEDUNA MOJO: Clayton Irwin, Kyra Dudley, Nicky Milpuddie, Jerome Newchurch, Nick Heyne, Peter Jericho, Ivo Burum, Uncle Peter Miller, Brandon Queama, Robyn Miller, James Strivens-Coupe, Rhonda Mahor, Trisha Boogar, Char-Lee Peel, Martika Peel and Roger Williams.
CEDUNA MOJO: Clayton Irwin, Kyra Dudley, Nicky Milpuddie, Jerome Newchurch, Nick Heyne, Peter Jericho, Ivo Burum, Uncle Peter Miller, Brandon Queama, Robyn Miller, James Strivens-Coupe, Rhonda Mahor, Trisha Boogar, Char-Lee Peel, Martika Peel and Roger Williams.

TEN Ceduna, Koonibba and Oak Valley locals found their mojo last week as they took part in the mobile journalism program, Ceduna Mojo.

The community development program utilises the medium of mobile journalism and digital storytelling to build skills and tell stories of their Aboriginal culture and community to the world.

Over five days at Emu Farm in Ceduna, the Australian Red Cross-funded program allowed participants to produce grassroots user-generated stories under the guide of Ivo Burum's internationally successful MOJO program.

With Mr Burum's 30 years of experience as a producer and director writer, he instructed students how to bring positive local messages around culture, health, law, public space and entertainment to life.

ORGANISERS: Red Cross Far West and Eyre Peninsula manager Nick Heyne, concept originator Ivo Burum and Red Cross community development project officer James Strivens-Coupe.

ORGANISERS: Red Cross Far West and Eyre Peninsula manager Nick Heyne, concept originator Ivo Burum and Red Cross community development project officer James Strivens-Coupe.

"The Ceduna Mojo wraps contemporary skills around an online tool kit, enabling indigenous people in remote locations to create a local voice from their own perspective," Mr Burum said.

This is the first program of this nature the Ceduna Red Cross Branch has funded and Far West community development project officer James Strivens-Coupe said the team had confidence the program would be a success.

"The Red Cross has really stepped out of the box with this program, but we knew this would be a fantastic tool to empower individuals and create employment within their communities," Mr Strivens-Coupe said.

YOUTH: Jerome Newchurch, Peter Jericho and Nicky Milpuddie.

YOUTH: Jerome Newchurch, Peter Jericho and Nicky Milpuddie.

"We have received specialised training so when Ivo moves on, we are able to continue the program with new mojos and continue working with existing mojos," he said.

"Equipment will be left in the communities and every nine days I am going to collect the mojos' work."

Burum Media filmed the entire process to make a documentary for global exposure.

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