Volunteering as a CMC Producer

Posted on: Friday 03 July 2015 6:36pm by Becky Palmer

Becky Palmer explains what it’s like to be a CMC producer and why she keeps coming back for more!  

This is my third time producing a session for the Children’s Media Conference. I’ve produced a creative keynote with Moshi Monsters’ Michael Acton-Smith, a session on crowdfunding and, for 2015, a session on Learning by app.

Do you need prior knowledge?

I produced a session the first time I attended CMC and found that I didn’t need advance knowledge before volunteering. There is an exec assigned to each session to give guidance and advice, a meeting in London and a welcome session in Sheffield to make sure you have all the information you need, plus a schedule to help you meet the deadlines.

Becky Palmer

Becky Palmer

What’s best about being a producer?

The job of a producer is interesting and varied because of the creative process, thinking about what makes interesting sessions and meeting/talking to the contributors. It’s encouraged me to think about the children’s industry in a wider context and I’ve enjoyed hearing the stories people have to tell and thinking about how to present those alongside one another, within the context of the conference as a whole.

What’s the hardest thing about being a producer?

It’s frustrating when you find a good speaker who isn’t available to come to the conference – this happens for all sorts of reasons – and you have to try a different route.

Should I volunteer next year?

Try it! It’s fun, helps you meet people and keeps the conference contents varied and interesting.

You can volunteer your ideas for a session you want to produce, or as a session producer, by emailing Greg Childs.

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About the author

Becky Palmer

Samphire Digital Ltd, Freelance Digital Producer

Since leaving BBC Children’s in 2010, Becky’s freelance work has focused on creative production, user testing and audience insights for kids and families. Recent projects include SyncScreen’s second-screen app for Gory Games; strategy and research (Nickelodeon, the Essential Parent Company and Atlantyca Publishing); and games/app production (BBC, Endemol, Nickelodeon, Sesame… Read more