AMOHG is an independent, voluntary association of professional media practitioners, oral historians, academics, archivists, journalists, critics, reviewers and others.

The Group’s foremost aim is to conduct and encourage oral histories of people who have made significant contributions to Australian media in every field of media endeavour.

We also support best practice in oral history recording and adherence to high ethical standards.

Aims

  1. To record oral histories of the practitioners in audiovisual media and those with a significant memory or knowledge of the social histories, operations, cultures and subcultures of audiovisual media production and reception.
    Representation of a wide breadth and range of professional experience is a basic principle of AMOHG’s view of history. This means that AMOHG seeks to record for posterity not only the experience and reflections of well-known people in prominent positions but equally those of people who have made their contributions in every corner of our industries.
  2. To record oral histories that can be accessioned into the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) and other national, state and specialist archives where collection policies, preservation activities, distribution methods and accessibility are of the highest standard.
  3. To encourage the preservation, widest distribution, ease of access and the greatest use of the interviews that it and other individuals and organisations record in recognition of their importance as Public History artefacts.
  4. To encourage the creation, best-practice archiving, easy accessibility and best public use of metadata (including transcripts and content lists) for industry and audiovisual culture-related oral histories.
  5. To develop and periodically review procedures and guidelines for interviewers and interviewees, technical specifications, transcription and logging methods, interview techniques and content, ethical practice, access conditions and rights management.
  6. To periodically review the group’s oral history production slate, including for priorities for single and multiple (thematic project) interviews.
  7. To provide advice and support to organisations whose activities include commissioning and preserving the oral histories of audiovisual industry- and culture-related personnel.
  8. To collaborate or partner with organisations, including sponsors and academic institutions, who have an interest in recording the oral histories of practitioners in audiovisual media and those with a significant memory or knowledge of the social histories, operations, cultures and subcultures of audiovisual media production and reception. Such interviews would be identified and proposed by a project subcommittee or by the broader AMOHG membership.
  9. To advocate for:
    1. The maximum possible funding for the oral history activities of the NFSA and other appropriate National, State and specialist archives involved in the commissioning, acquisition, distribution, preservation of, access to and use of oral histories; and
    2. The maintenance of reasonable fees paid by the NFSA and other appropriate National, State and specialist archives to professional oral historians who research, record and transcribe oral histories on these institutions’ behalf.
  10. To promote AMOHG’s aims and activities.