Community Training

We offer a one-week course at community youth centres across the country in which we upskill 18- to 25-year-old school leavers to produce their own content for community television.  The focus of the training is to empower the students to tell their stories and document youth-relevant issues and events in their communities using entry-level TV production equipment.

 

‘B Media Wise’ 1-week workshop structure:

TOPIC 1: Introduction to journalism

We look at different types of journalism such as advocacy journalism and investigative journalism. We also introduce participants to the ethics of journalism and explore the difference between subjective and objective storytelling.

TOPIC 2: Introduction to storytelling

We introduce participants to the ‘arc of tension’, a technique that can be applied to any form of storytelling.

TOPIC 3: Story formats

We explain 10 successful story formats – including interview, report, testimony, montage and drama – that can be used on their own or combined for more impactful stories.

TOPIC 4: Scriptwriting

We provide our participants with a script template and work with them to transform their story ideas into a detailed document that can be given to the production team to implement.

TOPIC 5: Producing

Here we take what is on paper (i.e. the script) and help participants put it into practice. We talk about how to plan a shoot in advance – location scouting and appointing your crew, drawing up a budget, anticipating challenges, dealing with unforeseen circumstances, etc.

TOPIC 6: Camera

We make sure our participants understand their camera settings well. We teach them about the different kinds of shots as well as framing, focusing and aspect ratios.

TOPIC 7: Lighting

We explore how to make the most of natural lighting. We also put our workshop participants into situations where they need to use artificial lighting. We discuss the pro and cons of hot and cold lights, and we look at three-point lighting, lighting with two lights and single lighting.

TOPIC 8: Sound

This is one of the most important aspects of video storytelling, but it is often not given the attention it deserves. We cover the basics and make sure participants know what to do to get good quality sound.

TOPIC 9: Editing

We use basic editing software and entry level computers for our training. We also show participants how to edit on a cell phone without any sophisticated editing software.

TOPIC 10: Archiving

We emphasise the importance of keeping your content safe and show participants how to organise and store their content on a hard drive (as well as online if this option is available). After the initial one-week introductory workshop, we offer follow-up location shooting and practical support.

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