Cruinniú na nÓg 2020
In response to Covid-19 restrictions, our planned, in-person workshops with young people to create a virtual newsroom had to be redesigned for the online world.
Using Zoom as a platform, we met with two groups of young people aged 10-15 years to create news stories of their lives over lockdown. We recorded the sessions and then dropped them into a virtual news studios using Adobe After Effects.
Below is from the promotion of the project:
Become a broadcaster for the day! Through the use of the newsroom setting, participants will explore their environment and present the world, as they know it, through their unique perspective. With the view that most young people use apps like TikTok and Snapchat to communicate, this project will show more sophisticated processes of technologies that are used in a professional setting. The project aims to develop critical thinking practices, empowerment of voice, self-confidence, team work and social well-being using a frame-work of themes such as cyber-bullying, climate change, social media dependency and mental health issues through the lens of how their worlds have changed.
The day will be broken into two sessions:
Session 1: Role allocation, breakout sessions to set out news stories and practice interviewing, capture footage.
Session 2: Rejoin the session for the compositing process, where backdrops are removed, graphics are selected, ticker created and music added. Participants will have the opportunity to see a preview of their finished segment on the day.