Labs Online: Access

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29th of September 2015

The sharing of ideas is one of the biggest draw cards for the media industry for me as both a consumer and a creator. Being able to communicate your opinion, your understanding and your feelings to all aspects of the society that you live in is one of the most powerful things you can do as a creator, in fact for consumers it can change an entire person’s perspective on an issue no matter how big or small. This is the most meaningful contribution the media industry has to society in my eyes. 

But I have to acknowledge something when I say that sharing ideas is powerful and positive and that is that in the industry today ,and in society, there are some groups that have more of a say then others. I think the power of the media can be deminished by this, as far as I am concerned, the more people at the party the better.

Being able to communicate your opinion, your understanding and your feelings to all aspects of the society that you live in is one of the most powerful things you can do as a creator.

One of SYN’s five core values is access, as an organisation we acknowledge that we must always ensure that as many members of society have the ability to have their say on whatever issue they like on whatever platform they like.

Because sharing ideas not only gives power to the sharer (who may have never been granted such power before) but also forces our community to acknowledge how those around us live and what impacts them and can even see us change the way we interact with the world around us, because we better understand the inhabitants of that world. 

On September 22nd at the House of SYN, I ran a Content Lab on Access but really I was just the person who put everything together because the people who really dominated the show were Amorette Garner-Williams, Ariane Garner-Williams and Naomi Chainey all who have first hand experience when it comes to the community media industry and it’s potential to be a very accessible space.

There is a video below with audio from this session, it goes for about an hour so it perfect to listen to in a couple of parts as you commute throughout your day.

In the ‘notes’ section of this page, I have also included some information on using Plain English and the notes recorded for the Content Lab which were typed by Scott Hudson. 

Give the Lab a listen, I’m always up for a chat if this sparks any ideas for you just drop by my desk or send me an email!
– Blakey
  
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If you’d like to get some help in making your show more accessible, or have some suggestions on how to make SYN more accessible feel free to email me at [email protected] or our brand new Diversity Programming Coordinator ,Fiona, at [email protected]

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