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Donald Johannessen – Donald is an Indigenous journalist, producer and editor and has been involved in multimedia productions and broadcasting for over 20 years.
A major part of this included working for Indigenous programmes and production companies such as National Indigenous Radio Service, National Indigenous TV, IMG World, TNT Sports Network Goodwill Games) the ABC, Seven Network, SBS and the Nine Network.
Donald was producing programmes for TPD Media for lifestyle programmes; Creek to Coast, Queensland Weekender and The Great South East for the 7 Network. This role included segment producing across all 3 programmes and included a 30 minute special at Mission Beach and Dunk Island for Queensland Weekender which Donald produced and directed.
He completed many courses such as a Sports Management certificate and has a Bachelors Degree in journalism and Screen Production. Currently Donald is completing his Graduate Certificate in Writing, Editing, Publishing at The University of Queensland and a current Blue Card.
He co-produced a 3 part series on the 2012 Indigenous Cricket Tour to India. This was screened on NITV and the ABC’s Australia Network and in 40 countries in 6 languages.
Donald has produced video and audio content for many media organisations such as the Seven Network, ABC television and radio, Fox Sports, National Indigenous Television and SBS. Donald was instrumental in securing the radio broadcast for NIRS of the Indigenous NRL All Stars matches. He also co-produced a 3 part series of the Indigenous Cricket Tour of India which was screened in 40 plus countries in 6 languages.
Directing is an area where Donald’s attention to detail shines. This was evident in NITV’s Ella 7’s Rugby Union telecast from Coffs Harbour. With a tight budget his team produced 11 hours of Rugby content and used the commentary team as a post production asset which saved on flights and accommodation. He has directed the National Indigenous Golf Championships and (Co) a 3 part series of the Indigenous Cricket Tour of India which was screened in 46 countries in 6 languages.
Using the latest hardware and software (Final Cut Pro X) Donald has edited small one off community videos through to many hours of footage delivering hours of content to a national broadcaster and corporates. As an editor, following shot list and archiving and ex-porting final assets has been a key factor in Indigistream’s production. During his time at ABC Radio, Donald scripted and produced the Indigenous National radio show Speaking Out. This involved editing and interviewing high profile Indigenous and non-indigenous guests on a weekly basis talking about current Indigenous Affairs. For radio he has worked for 4BC, ABC, 4TAB (Racing network), 4AAA Murri Country and co-hosted an AFL show called “The Footy Zone” a broadcast for National Indigenous Ra-dio Service
Floor Manager for SBS A-League coverage for 2013-2014, 2014-2015 seasons. This included 2 Grand Finals. 2000 Sydney Olympics for Football. 2001 Goodwill Games (Turner Network - TNT) swimming & diving, Chief Liaison Officer 2006 Commonwealth Games Melbourne - Opening-Closing Ceremony & Rugby 7s.