The Indian Sun bags the Multicultural Media Stimulus Program grant

By Our Reporter

The Indian Sun has successfully bagged the government’s Multicultural Media Stimulus Program to further its vital media services.

“More than ever, the past year has shown that multicultural media services are vital partners providing up-to-date, culturally and linguistically appropriate information to diverse communities. We recognise that this time has also brought significant financial challenges for you. The program aims to ensure the financial viability of the Victorian multicultural media sector as we work toward the recovery phase of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic,” Ros Spence, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, said in a letter to the magazine’s editor Siddarth Suresh.

“The Andrews Labor Government recognises the role of multicultural and language specific media services in creating an engaged, connected, vibrant and informed Victorian community,” the letter further said.

Spence on Wednesday also announced another $1.6 million to support 48 multicultural media outlets as they recover from the impact the coronavirus pandemic had on their services.

The next round of grants are now open, with multicultural media outlets encouraged to apply for grants of up to $50,000.

Funding can be used to support operating and production costs, equipment or training to ensure Victoria’s rich and diverse multicultural media sector can continue to grow.

“While access to news in people’s own language has always been important, the past year has proven that our diverse media organisations can literally save lives reaching multicultural communities with critical information,” said Spence, adding, “This investment will go a long way to creating an informed, supported and connected community for every Victorian—no matter where they come from, or what language they speak.”

As the most multicultural state in Australia, Victoria has a long history of celebrating cultural, linguistic and religious diversity. Victorians come from more than 200 countries, speak 260 languages and follow 135 different faiths—and the Labor Government is ensuring this diversity is reflected in the media landscape, a press release from the Minister’s office also stated.

The Indian Sun has firmly cemented its position as one of the leading diverse cutting edge media platforms in Australia focused on the Indian diaspora. The magazine offers a range of information to its readers on print, web and  social media. From community news stories, to business interviews, webinars, music videos and live streams, The Indian Sun caters to a cross section of audience across all age groups.

Last year, the magazine received the prestigious Judith Neilson Grant for community journalism, leading to a series of articles on how Indians in Victoria were coping during the pandemic.

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