On 29 November I had the opportunity to join the Black Cultural Archives’ Youth Forum and meet all the lovely members and coordinators for the first time, as well as guest speaker Symeon Brown, who was a senior researcher for the Guardian’s Reading the Riots study (inspiring!). As a newcomer to the group this was my first session but second for the majority of the other members, so I was a little hesitant at first, but as I got into the groove of things I felt right at home.
There were many important points, which were covered during the course of the session but what inspired me the most was the ‘Digital Storytelling’ workshop delivered by Symeon Brown. He began his workshop with a warm up game, at which he shouted out two words and we shouted back the one we preferred i.e. Twitter or Instagram (Twitter!!). A great warm up as I became quite talkative after the game.
The game led onto a discussion on individuality and which aspect/s of our life would best define our USP (unique selling point). I related to this topic very well as I am in the process of setting up a website based around all my skills acquired whilst at university, various internships and my general hobbies and interests.
This session inspired me to become a bit more serious in my approach towards my journalism and building my website. It showed me that being ‘offline’ is just as important as being ‘online’ and the importance of being present in the moment is vital for an interesting story. It also helped me to pay more attention to the focal point of my website, as it is quite easy to become overwhelmed with subject ideas.
Overall, it was a fantastic informative evening with lots of talking (my fave!). I’m honoured to be part of the Black Cultural Archives’ Youth Forum, and look forward to all the great things they have in store for young people and the community.