A project to amplify young working-class people’s voices through free training, mentoring and paid publication.

What?

The team at The Canary will voluntarily provide free online training and mentoring in journalism and media production. Each participant will be supported to produce one piece of work which will then be published on our website and promoted across social media.

When?

Wednesday 8th December 2021 – 5pm: Deadline for applications to Round 1
Sunday 12th December 2021 – 4pm: Introduction to the project
Sunday 16th January 2022 – 4pm: Storytelling and writing workshop. 6pm: additional filming workshop
Wednesday 2nd March 2022 – 5pm: Celebration with special guest speaker

Why?

Print and broadcast media in the UK is dominated by people from middle and upper-class backgrounds with many being privately educated. One of the results of this is that, as the BBC’s own Creative Diversity Report 2020 has shown, those “from lower socio-economic backgrounds are depicted negatively, fuelled by stereotypes and seen as the object of ridicule”. It also means that the issues important to young working-class people are under-reported, misreported or simply ignored.

Most journalists at The Canary are working class. We want to pass on our skills and knowledge. We want to use the platform that we have built over the last 6 years to give back, amplifying young people’s voices and giving them their first byline. We hope this will help bring about change on issues that are important to them, add to their self-confidence and increase their chances of future employment.

Who?

The Canary is one of the largest progressive media outlets in the UK with 250k monthly readers. We have a staff team of 20 people who bring many years of journalism and activism experience. The team has undergone safeguarding training and we have a qualified safeguarding officer overseeing the project.

We are looking for young people between the ages of 16-25 who are passionate about an issue that affects them, their friends or that is important to them. This could be anything from the closure of a local youth centre to the climate emergency.

How?

Members of staff will enrol and mentor participants. We will provide free workshops in journalism practice, article writing and video production via Zoom. We will then work with participants online to shape the idea for their piece, provide feedback and edit their piece before publication on our website. Participants will work in small groups with their mentors so that they can share ideas and learn from each other.

There will be a dedicated page on our website to showcase and celebrate the work that comes out of this project with an accompanying social media campaign across all our platforms.

How much?

The programme is entirely free. Each young person will be paid £30 as a thank you for their work.

Questions?

If you have any questions or are interested in participating please contact Steve Topple, our project lead, at [email protected]