BayFM’s Community Newsroom (CN) is a finalist for Excellence in Journalism, an award to be annouced by the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) National Awards in March 2022 at their conference in Cairns.
The award nomination is for the episode, Pandemic in paradise: Byron’s housing crisis intensifies. This is the fourth time Community Newsroom has been a finalist, taking out three CBAA awards in previous years.
Regular Echo reporter, Mia Armitage, heads up the CN project, which features a weekly news and current affairs show each Friday on BayFM from 11am, as well as bulletins Monday to Friday.
Local volunteer newshounds Kate Payne, Fernando de Freitas, Anny Reed, Suzie Fawcett and Dione Green have also contributed to CN’s comprehensive entry for 2020–21.
YAC Radio is a finalist for Excellence in Innovative and Content Programming.
Lealah Shostak produces this youth focus show in partnership with Byron Youth.
The show broadcasts on BayFM on Thursdays 3.30 till 4pm.
Longtime BayFM volunteer and Belly Show producer, Rasela Torise, has also helped Ms Shostak share audio production skills with the next gen of Northern Rivers youth.
BayFM is one of the largest volunteer organisations on the Northern Rivers, and welcomes community contributions to help stay on air as an independent media outlet.
Past content can be heard for up to five weeks via www.bayfm.org.