Canberra’s Cultural Core: Young Folk Media


Canberra is well and truly a place where culture DOES NOT come to die. Some keen young folk have been working hard to set the record straight.

In fact as part of SYN’s National Youth Media Project a group of vivacious young people have been brought together to unpack Canberra’s infamously boring reputation. At 2XX, Canberra’s Community radio station we have been producing exciting new broadcast content for SYN Nation and 2XX.

Together we are known as Young Folk Media, a media collective for young people living in the ACT. The collective meets every two weeks to do a media skills workshops with media industry folk from around town. All those media skills are then put into practice as members are empowered to make media for 2xx and SYN Nation.

The project is super flexible and its all about keeping it completely accessible. Young Folk members do as much or as little as they can. Some are planning to be in-studio producers, they’re here every week and others will be occasional contributors – with heaps of roles in between too.

In our sessions there’s lots of collaboration, brainstorming and snacking. We also take live notes into our facebook group while we meet. That way even people who can’t be in the workshop can still contribute. It’s a compelling new project to be involved in and I know you can’t wait to hear what we come up with.

One of the main aims of the project is to make community broadcasting more accessible to a diverse range of people. Specifically we are seeking interest from young people who identify themselves as Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ASIT), as well as people with disability.

To make sure we all have positive experiences the special access needs of our volunteers will be taken into account and be a priority for our project.

We are bringing together unconnected Canberrans and making a community network for media makers and creative types. We are going to do amazing things by working together to tell our stories. This means that the national audience can hear the sounds of the Capital in a new, totally fetch, way.

Want to get involved or find out more? Send an email to [email protected]

Stay connected by liking our Facebook page and follow us @youngfolkmedia on Twitter.


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