What the Young Folk are doing in Canberra


A few weeks ago I set off to visit the nation’s capital and meet and greet the awesome media-makers contributing to Young Folk Media at 2XX FM. After an essential tour of the station and nearby cafés, I met some of the young volunteers who have been recruited and trained by local Young Media Leader Yen. To top it off, I was lucky enough to be at the station when the Young Folk crew were meeting for one of their fortnightly workshops!

Each workshop is on a different topic, covering everything from media law to audio editing, and is presented by a young person. This week’s was social media, hosted by Young Folk’s online editor, Katherine Prouting. Once we established that everyone was following eachother on Twitter, it was down to business! The volunteers and I learnt a heap from Kat talking us through the various social media networks, how each can be used effectively, and which are best to support or add to broadcast.

The workshop series that Yen has designed and coordinated is a perfect example of the power of knowledge sharing. Using just a space in the station office and a computer (attempting not to disrupt the staff too much!) these volunteers were able to gain new skills, have important discussions and fine-tune their media production skills. There were also biscuits and chocolate, so knowledge was not the only sweet stuff on offer!

But it wasn’t until the workshop ended that the real work began. This was when all of the Young Folk volunteers set to brainstorming, planning and pre-recording the two half-hour shows that air on SYN Nation. The first thing I noticed was the ease with which all the volunteers worked together. Even a volunteer who has come along for their first session ever was bouncing ideas off their new co-hosts and planning for the next episode!

The volunteers have only been producing radio for a few weeks, but, through workshops and regular meet ups, have gained skills and taken up opportunities previously unavailable to them. These volunteers, and particularly our Young Media Leader, Yen, have created an inclusive space for young people that has a strong culture of motivation and support among members. I hope that even more young people get involved with Young Folk so that they can benefit from the community as well!


Kat (left) taking the volunteer workshop on social media

Young Media Leader Yen talks some volunteers through pre-recording

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