Creative in the Community: Shine

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For two days next week, budding teenage journalists in York will be taking part in a workshop to create their own podcast – with a helping hand from us.

The Shine project, led and co-ordinated by¬†City of York Council‘s Children Service, already produce a newsletter circulated to city households five times a year. They are keen to develop new platforms in delivering their information – which is where The Creative Condition come in.

Our Community Manager, Colm, will be leading the workshop, and he’s definitely excited about his involvement the project: “Getting a chance to share my skills in journalism and broadcasting with others is always a pleasure, and this project certainly offers that to a group who may become the reporters of the future.”

The workshops, which are taking place at York’s central library, will see the Shine team learn how to put together their own audio content – and use their new skills to compile their final show.

“The plan is to train the participants up in the process of creating content for a podcast,” Colm adds. “I’ll do this by guiding them through six stages of production for the story ideas they generate: research, script, rehearse, record, edit and playback. At the end of the two days, we should have a final podcast online, containing the material we’ve gathered and edited as a group.”

With plenty of experience in delivering media skills workshops and with a strong focus on collaborating with community groups, Colm finds the task of mentoring people with a passion for realising their potential a dynamic and interactive process.

“I see any media workshops I’m involved in, whether as a leader or as a participant, as an exchange of skills. As well as the potential advice I can give to other people, there’s also the knowledge and insight they possess which they can pass on to me – and I’m always willing to find that out and take it on board.”

The Shine podcast workshops take place on Tuesday 7th August and Wednesday 8th August. Further information about the project can be found on their website.

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