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YouthLearn Updates,  October 06, 2005


This article captures "recent conferences, collaborations, and venues for professional development" opportunities aimed for nurturing the field of youth media. YouthLearn's current projects related to youth media are identified in this article.

"Youth media has become a bona fide field with its own practices, philosophies, and goals."

"Not long ago, many of us working in youth media did not consider ourselves part of a field. And, really, why would we? Opportunities to share practices and collaborate with others working on teen-produced media were few and far between. Conferences tended to lump us together based on our means of communication—print, radio, film, the web—not on how or with whom we worked...But as foundations like the Open Society Institute and that of Time Warner have recognized and funded youth media as a field, grantees at resulting conferences have begun to see far more similarities in our philosophies, missions, and approaches to our work than previously imagined."

"The new premium on reflection is apparent in the many conferences and collaborations that have emerged over the last five years, in new and unprecedented opportunities for practitioners to develop professionally, and in the increase in research and writing about the field. Recent conferences, collaborations, and venues for professional development include:

- A collaboration between the Educational Video Center and the Education Development Center's YouthLearn Initiative to create new resources for the field, including a peer network linking youth media educators to each other...

Research and writing about youth media include:

- The Education Development Center's YouthLearn Initiative's ongoing research into how youth media programs evaluate their impact..."

Referred by: Youth Media Reporter
Posted by hchung on October 06, 2005 | YouthLearn Updates