Become the Media - Part One

Ref: C3838101

The course will provide you with support and advice to produce features and interviews that are not only suitable for wider publication but will create interest and attract attention.

Course aim

To improve the confidence and skills of the group. To encourage a critical view of the mainstream media and how to challenge enforced ideals. To encourage them to express ideas freely and see the positive impact they can provide for the wider community.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

Discussions; How does the mainstream media enforce ideals and perceptions? How does the media close down debate and how do we allow our own ideas to promote debate? Where can we look for ideas within our own community that will have a broader interest? How do we develop our own ideas through research and critical thinking? What should balance within a feature mean and how do we develop balance? How do we develop engaging and challenging narratives? How do we edit our ideas? How do we engage new audiences? The course will also contain workshop tasks designed to help creative writing techniques, free-flow of ideas and writing with confidence. There will be open discussion on individual features people present to the group and regular one to one support. There will also be guest speakers who will not only provide insight into the media but also provide practice as a group in using research and inteview techniques.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

Have a more confident approach to their own ideas and how they can impact on others. Have an understanding of how to critically analyse the media and more clearly understand its motives. Have more confidence in how they can engage with their own community. Improved writing, editing and research skills that are transferable. Be working on a piece either as an individual or a group that will be published.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Though discussion, and question and answer throughout the course.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?


Reading and information sources

All materials will be provided by the tutor.

What could the course lead to?

The students will be encouraged to look at courses in journalism or other media based study. They will be encouraged to take on ambassadorial roles within their own community and look for positive stories to promote on media available to them. The students could be encouraged to develop their own medium to promote themselves and their work with ongoing support from the organisation.

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Become the Media - Part One Course Outline


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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2015
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