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22nd February 2009

Three young crews had special access to the regional Royal Television Society Awards to give an insight into what’s involved in creating media productions.

They filmed preparations through the day at The Sage Gateshead, saw the Awards presentations and then interviewed winners afterwards.

Another team took digital stills and wrote reports – their work was shown on the BBC News Online Website.

The Passionate about Media project recruited nineteen young people aged 16 – 23 from a range of backgrounds to learn about video, digital stills, animation and VJ performance over a four month project.

Organiser Julie Nicholson from Digital Voice for Communities said: “There’s huge competition for jobs in the media and there’s sometimes criticism that too many of the successful people are white, middle class and male. We hope this project is giving a helping hand to a wide range of people from diverse backgrounds to find out more and have a valuable experience.”

The project launched with a tour of The Sage to help plan the video. Workshops covered how to prepare the video, storytelling, use of camera and sound equipment, and panellists of industry professionals answered questions and provided advice.

The project is funded by Awards for All, Northern Film and Media and supported by the Royal Television Society.

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