Talk:Greenwich Talkaoke Workshop Week 1: 14th January (Introduction)

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  • Project tutor/artist: Saul Albert
  • Session no. & date: session 1, 14th Jan

1.Outline what you intended to do in this session:

  • Name round, something about yourself, what you do, what you're interested in.
  • Andy to introduce the work they've been doing with the radio station
  • Saul to introduce The People Speak - what we do (quickly)
Themes and questions
  • Talkaoke
  • what other talk shows do we know about?
  • How are they different?

Exercise 1

  • Look at the following news sources:
    • BBC website
    • The Metro
    • The London Paper
    • Indymedia website / Schnews
    • The Guardian
    • The Sun
    • The Mirror
    • Le Monde Diplomatique
  • Which are the most interesting? Why?
  • What items are not in the news that should be?
  • Where else do we get news from?
What kinds of formats would work here
  • What are the issues in this area?
  • What range of topics are people generally interested in?
  • What would we like to do next week?
  • 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?

In the context of the programme objectives, what were the strengths of the session? What worked well?

The workshop was relatively successful, the young people (about 15 of them) seemed to enjoy the debate, and Andy was good support.

I introduced them to The People Speak and what we do - the video was excellent for that (thanks Rick!) and they seemed into it.

The young people enjoyed the discussions about news and were enthusiastic. Their attention was held for the entire session.

3.What were the weaknesses? What didn’t work so well?

We should have had more compelling A/V material to present - they enjoyed the video, but the newspapers were a bit dry

There could have been more efforts made to gather up their names and make sure that they were signed up in teams to do certain jobs.

The timing of the session could have been tighter. We ran out of time just when the questions were getting interesting (although perhaps this is a good sign)

4.How did the session progress thematically?

We then talked about different discussion formats that they were aware of.

They mentioned:

  • Jerry
  • Tricia
  • Oprah
  • several I hadn't heard of
  • Watchdog (a strange, but oddly good one - consumers debating products as a spectacle)
  • Talk Sport
  • Question Time

It was pretty interesting, and they were a lively bunch. We discussed 'leading' discussion and open discussion - although the distinction wasn't particularly apparent. I needed more examples to show them.

Then I pulled out the Newspapers. They hated Le Monde Diplomatique and Schnews (they stayed on the pile).

Out of the papers they pulled out stories of interest and discussed them:

  • A man gives a concert at 30,000 ft. in a hot air balloon
  • Twins, unknowingly separated at birth have marriage annulled
  • Newcastle utd, sack manager after 5 minutes
  • Britney takes Ketamine

We talked about the drama of these stories - why they were interesting

They boiled down to three categories:

  • quirky, but somehow dramatic news
  • football/other sports
  • celebrity

There were some quieter more studious kids at the back who didn't dare mention that they were actually interested in news.

We discussed why football, celebrity and 'reality drama' is interesting - how classical narratives and themes are repeated on a daily basis in the broadsheets.

Then I asked what was *not* in the paper.

We kind of ran out of time but the two answers from the audience were:

  • Afghanistan and Iraq
  • Anything good or happy

We ended with an announcement that we'd do a Talkaoke on the following Tuesday, and reconvene every tuesday following - they seemed enthusiastic about that, so I'm quite hopeful. We should probably do some publicity though to make sure it works.

5.Any other comments or observations?

  • Promotion
  • Timing

We need to recruit these young people - they need structure and to feel as though the project is going to take them somewhere. This can probably be remedied in later sessions, but has to be done fast!

--SaulAlbert 00:56, 15 January 2008 (CET)

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