Greenwich Talkaoke Workshop 2008

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This workshop is designed to get a group of young people at the John Roan School started with their own radio show, and to introduce them to debating formats and the basics of DIY media.

The Greenwich Talkaoke Workshop 2008 reporting structure is useful for post-workshop follow-ups and evaluation


Week 1: 14th January (Introduction)

  • Attending: Andy (IP) and Saul
  • Intro. Context with radio station, debating issues important to YP in this area
  • Issues: Develop an issue to be the focus for the debates. (Whats most important to them? what else are they aware of going on in their area? Do they know theres a huge new town being built down the road? Do they care?)
  • Formats: Creating a radio debate. Listen to one and other podcasts. Compare with a Talkaoke. How are they made and put out?
  • Planning page: Greenwich Talkaoke Workshop Week 1: 14th January (Introduction)

Week 2: 21st January (Talkaoke discussion)

  • Talkaoke discussion
  • Intro: Talkaoke as a participative media tool
  • Skills: Setting up talkoake, its different parts, how it works. Using the microphone and other equipment. Allow YP to try out being the host, play their own music in background.
  • Issues: Focus talkaoke on local issues, issues that the young people feel are relevent to them in the area they live and study.
  • Planning page: Greenwich Talkaoke Workshop Week 2: 21st January (Talkaoke discussion)

Week 3: (Discussion) Tues 27th Jan

Week 4: (Brainstorm) Tues 5th Feb

  • Creating their own media format for debating issues
  • Use the talkaoke podcast created to work with the young people to :
    • 1.pick out local issues they would like to focus on for their programme
    • 2. brainstorm a media format they would like to use to make their own programme.
  • Preparation / Report page: Greenwich Talkaoke Workshop Week 4: (Brainstorm) Tues 5th Feb

Week 5: (Format Development) Tues 12th Feb

  • Developing their media format and issues
  • Group review of discussion and final decisions on the format, issues and participants for their project. Will it just be within their group or involve * wider school participation? How to market it. When to do it. Equipment needs.

Week 6 (Visit radio station) Monday 18th to Fri 22nd Feb

  • An agreed ½ day during ½ term
  • Visit to radio station or other related media project

Week7: (Topic development) Tues 26th Feb

  • What's the topic/issue to discuss, who do they want to invite to take part, and when and where will it take place?
  • Should there be an invited audience? If so, who, how may, and how to ensure they come (Publicity around school/inviting classes). Research issue and allocate tasks to get ppl, audience, event time and venue organised.
  • Do theywant to use the same format. Investigate other formats if appropriate

Week 8 (Contingency) Tues 4th March

  • Possible uses:
    • Further planning or developing skills in recording, debating, presenting. Maybe a trail run discussion.
    • Group editing of discussion event into broadcast ready file / podcast.
    • Event

Other points to consider:

This structure may require you to complete the editing process after this last session.

We’re offering participants the opportunity to apply for an individual bursary after the project. Up to £250 to create a small piece of new content or organise and event or promote their work in another way. Money used for bringing in tuition or paying for material costs. Would you be willing to ‘mentor’ one or two young people on this scheme? Might be possible to do this purely remotely via phone/email, or may require meeting the young person (outline of scheme attached)

Week 7: (Planning next discussion)

Week 8: (Contingency session)

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