The Cherbourg MoJo project was a 10-week mobile journalism training program pilot. It ran from May-July, 2013 at Nurunderi (Cherbourg) campus of TAFE Queensland South West. The project was specifically targeted at Indigenous and Youth (15-24 year old) job seekers with low levels of literacy and numeracy.
The Cherbourg MoJos learnt the skills of mobile journalism (digital storytelling) using iPhones, so that they could tell positive stories about their community. The MoJos gained real job skills, undertook freelance journalism work and improved their reading, writing, speaking, listening and maths skills at the same time.
TAFE Queensland English Language and Literacy Services (TELLS) ran the program in conjunction with TAFE Queensland South West as part of the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Program (now the Skills for Education and Employment programme). The training program was delivered by TAFE Queensland teachers from the literacy/numeracy and visual arts departments. Students were taught the skills of mobile journalism by highly-regarded Australian journalist and producer Ivo Burum from Burum Media.
As well as improvements in their reading, writing and maths abilities all of the MoJos gained self-confidence. They received support from the Gold Coast Titans and the Saint George Queensland Reds and the positive stories that they told of their home town were featured on ABC and NITV. Some of the MoJos have continued to work in their community creating digital stories.
The Cherbourg MoJo videos can be viewed at www.youtube.com/cherbourgmojo.