Blogs tagged "diversity"

July 2019

CMC 2019: Report – Don’t Mention the C Word!

Posted on: Friday 05 July 2019 3:59pm by Gabrielle Smith

This session explored the way in which class and socio-economic background is (and has always been) an important driver of diversity on and off screen. This panel discussed personal and professional experiences of why inclusion is imperative at all levels. Takeaway: Ask young people what they need? They won't ask you - so be prepared to have a conversation in order to push past the barriers. Class is not visible - don't assume anything about anyone! Encourage young people to develop innate skills without obsessing about demonstrable qualifications. Detail: This session saw four speakers who were united in their passion for eradicating inequality across various media industries. By changing the way our young people are taught to think about how…

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CMC 2019: Report – The Last Word

Posted on: Friday 05 July 2019 10:52am

With the advertised contributor, Nikki Lilly unable to attend CMC due to illness in her family, CMC moved quickly to put together something inspiring and challenging for the final thirty minutes of the Conference.   Who better than the Changemakers (and friends)?  A group of young people who had never met before, some from this year's Changemaker team, one from last year's (now moderating a session of her own at CMC) and one of the much-appreciated CMC volunteer team who had been in the Changemaker support crew. and got to know them through the course of the conference. The panel closed the event by discussing their opinions of the conference and industry, and what they hope for the future of media…

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CMC 2019: Report – Research 7 & 8

Posted on: Thursday 04 July 2019 11:33am by Vanisha Sumboo

Research 7 & 8 put representations of gender, family and friendships under the lens across two research panels. Takeaway: Male representation is dominant - both on screen and off screen. Gender imbalance continues to be an issue that needs to be addressed. Young people rate their families highly but become frustrated at the amount of time parents spend online. Gaming and social media give opportunities to communicate with friends and is part of the fun gaming. Friendship and family relationships can be enhanced through communication online. Detail: Following a study conducted by IZI (International Central Institute for Youth and Educational Television) into gender and diversity representation 10 years ago, Dr Lynn Whitaker presented her 2018 research which analysed 300 hours…

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CMC 2019: Report – Commissioner Conversations BBC

Posted on: Wednesday 03 July 2019 8:42pm by Sarah Darling

Changemaker Alvin Owusu is a highly inspirational 18-year-old who uses his disadvantaged background as a driver to help young people through The Advantage Group. His aim is to demonstrate to businesses that diversity is not charity, but in fact, good business sense, using Stormzy as an example of how this can work. Through his outreach he aims to help change 2000 young lives for the better. Takeaway: Mantra for BBC Children's:  ‘Making the good popular and the popular good’. Will commission good quality content that aims to instruct but also entertain. Using influencers in a way that doesn’t shoehorn them into an awkward format. BBC Education is restructuring- bringing Bitesize and Education together. Detail: The session opened with Helen Foulkes…

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CMC 2019: Report – Opening Keynote: Nadiya Hussain

Posted on: Tuesday 02 July 2019 10:40pm by Cate Zerega

Tonight at Sheffield City Hall, CMC Advisory Chair, Sue Nott, welcomed the huge gathering of CMC delegates and asked us all to reflect upon what it means to be ‘limitless’- the theme for CMC 2019. With an outstanding address made by Changemaker Noga Levy-Rapoport, the 17-year-old student challenged the audience to eschew a diplomatic approach in addressing climate change in children’s media. Her call to action asked that we all create much needed and vital content, across all platforms- from YouTube, to ‘Insta’-stories as well as in publishing and conventional TV programming. She notes that there is a ‘global call for children to become the leaders of today’, so why not start with their media? The Keynote Takeaway: Create the…

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July 2018

CMC 2018: Report – Out and Proud? Or Still Under Wraps?

Posted on: Wednesday 04 July 2018 7:30pm by Cate Zerega

Takeaway: ·     Neil Gaiman said, “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” Let’s beat them together. - Olly Parker ·     Let’s see this panel on the center stage next year - Shabnam Rezaei ·     Be Brave - Kez Margrie Detail: Host Sallyann Keizer of Sixth Sense Media began the panel by asking, “is technology offering platforms to represent LGBT+ and helping children self identify and identify with LGBT+ role models in a way that broadcasters don’t?”. Olly Pike, creator of the YouTube channel ‘Pop’n’Olly’, spoke of his experience as an educator, saying that YouTube is a huge part of the world of a 6-8 year…

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CMC 2018: Report – The Art of Laughter & The Art of Meaning Making

Posted on: Wednesday 04 July 2018 7:16pm by Chris Colman

This one-hour session was broken down in to two distinct halves. Part One: The Art of Laughter Writer, comedian and children’s performer Howard Read spent the opening minutes making jokes and playing games to elicit laughter from the audience, in order to later analyse why his efforts did or didn’t succeed. Professor Sophie Scott, a neuroscientist at University College London then took to the lectern to discuss the (surprisingly little) research in to laughter and its meaning to humans. Ask an adult about laughter and they will tend to think of jokes, but Scott says it is in fact fundamentally about communication and a social activity. We are thirteen times more likely to laugh if we are with people.  In…

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CMC 2018: Report – Disruption – What’s Next?

Posted on: Wednesday 04 July 2018 2:55pm by Sian Reed

As the landscape of Children's TV changes, what is next for the companies involved? Takeaway: • Diversifying platforms still need great content and engagement. • Most viewing is still done via traditional TV but binge-watching tends to be on-demand. • Knowing your audience and researching thoroughly is the key to making content that lasts. Detail: Jon Watts, MTM and host, jumped right in by asking the panellists to discuss changes to the UK market in recent years. All three panellists agreed that the resulting factor has been the way in which we consume content. Alison Bakunowich, SVP general manager at Nickelodeon, thought that there had been three main changes: a creative generation, portable devices and on-demand services. “We’re in the…

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July 2017

CMC 2017: Report – Reflecting and Serving Neurodiversity

Posted on: Wednesday 05 July 2017 5:21pm by Catherine Trewavas

The team creating new preschool programme ‘Pablo’ discussed making an inclusive, positive show which promotes understanding for children on the autistic spectrum. The session explored the process of developing stories celebrating neurodiversity and asked how we can put children’s ideas and creativity at the heart of programming Takeaway: New programme 'Pablo’ will provide an insight into the experiences of a neurodiverse child Authentic and insightful stories have been developed through working closely with people who have personal experience of autism Creating accessible games content through the addition of extra features is important in making products as inclusive as possible   Detail: Gráinne McGuinness, Creative Director at Paper Owl Films, believes in creating meaningful content for preschool viewers. ‘Pablo’ is a programme…

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July 2016

CMC 2016: Report – Make Something Happen (An Open Space Workshop)

Posted on: Tuesday 05 July 2016 7:28pm by Gabrielle Smith

This ‘Open Space’ workshop discussed the prominent issues surrounding inclusivity, and the broader questions of how the potential of creative people is harnessed, included and represented in the wider industry. Takeaway: Delegates used the pioneering 'Open Space' method to create their own diversity agenda Working in ‘Open Space’ allows everyone present to bring their personal and professional passions, interests and concerns to the room, whilst encouraging an open, and honest discourse Topics of inclusivity discussed included how to remove labels, creating more inclusive games for children, and creating a more diverse workforce The workshop was specifically designed to address the issues of what you can do for inclusivity in your sector Detail: This Open Space discussion worked on the principles that…

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