Diversity Programming on SYN Media

Season 2 is well under way and the crews from Mayibuye and Wanderlust Melbourne are having a great time on air with just a few weeks left of their program for 2014.  Each Saturday morning is filled with dance, politics, humour and music as the shows presenters share their view on life in Melbourne.  Tune in to 90.7FM from 10am to hear more.

We’re really looking forward to hearing what the members of the teams do next at SYN Media.

We will have some flash new pics to show off soon, after the in-studio shoot by Finbar O’Mallon at the weekend.  Watch this space.

In the meantime, here is a photo of the photographer taking photos!

Diversity Programming at SYN Media.

Diversity Programming at SYN Media.

 

 

And links to the the latest podcasts from Mayibuye and Wanderlust Melbourne.

Thanks to the City of Melbourne for supporting the International Students Perspectives program and the Department of Human Services for support of the Cultural Partnerships Program at SYN Media.

 

Our Diversity Programs provide a unique mix of confidence building, life and job-ready skills and a platform for your voice in the community.

Call or email DiversityProgramming Coordinator, Danae Gibson, to find out more.

03 9925 4192

diversity@syn.org.au

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Diversity Program: Northern Support Services

The crew from Northern Support Services go to air each Thursday at 11am.

They chat about TV, sport, music and lots of other fun topics.

SYN Media loves working with community groups like NSS.

Tune in to 90.7 FM to hear their work or contact SYN to find out how your group could enjoy the media making opportunities at SYN.

Happy Snaps at the SYN Studio! April 2014

Happy Snaps at the SYN Studio! April 2014

Northern Support Services (NSS) for people with disabilities is a non-profit community organisation created by people with a disability and their families in the 1940’s.

Our Diversity Programs provide a unique mix of confidence building, life and job-ready skills and a platform for your voice in the community.

Call or email DiversityProgramming Coordinator, Danae Gibson, to find out more.

03 9925 4192

diversity@syn.org.au

5 reasons why radio and education work so well together

Schools on Air

Schools on Air is SYN Media’s live to air school radio program. It gives students the opportunity to broadcast live across Melbourne (On 90.7FM and Digital Radio) and across the world (At syn.org.au) as part of their classwork. Thousands of students contribute to the program producing over 600+ hours of broadcast content each year.

I’ve been working on the program since 2011 as SYN’s Education and Training Manager and it never ceases to amaze me the impact that the program has on students. Here are some of the reasons why I think radio and education work so well together.

1. It’s real.

Being live on the radio is a real experience. It’s not a simulated or pretend scenario – it’s the real deal. We place a lot of faith in students when we give them access to the airwaves and they return that faith with interesting and diverse content about their lives, their interests and their perspectives on the world and the community around them. The “realness” of the experience just can’t seem to be replicated by other means such as podcast or closed streaming.

2. It exercises different learning styles.

Producing radio enables and empowers students to articulate themselves in new ways. For students with low or developing literacy skills the conversational nature of radio allows them to build their skills and participate meaningfully without feeling restricted by their level of literacy. We have worked with everything from elite student programs to disengaged and at risk youth and radio consistently manages to engage students from a wide range of learning styles and backgrounds.

3. It encourages teamwork, collaboration and interpersonal skills.

Producing quality content takes strong teamwork and the live nature of radio gives students a clear deadline and structure to do so. The quality of their content is dependent on how well they interact and work with each other. Students need to effectively plan their music, content and delivery and can play different participatory roles in the studio such as technical operator, anchor, producer and more. Students can be matched to their strengths/weaknesses in a wide variety of roles.

4. It promotes critical thinking of the media and the media production process.

Producing content for a real audience means that students must think critically about the impact of their content. Students gain valuable insight into how the media production process can influence an audience and how the choices they make can impact how their content is received. On many occasions our in studio support staff have had long and powerful discussions with students about their use of language – in many cases causing students to question how they use language in their every day lives and the impact their words can have on others (in both a positive and negative way).

5. It’s fun (and you get bragging rights).

Radio can be a really fun way to learn. At SYN we give students a lot of freedom to choose their own music, topics and content in collaboration with their teachers and enable students to be creative with the platform. We think this freedom and creativity is really important for student enjoyment and for the authenticity of what students produce. Plus – they get to brag to friends and family that they’ve been on the radio (And often come back to volunteer with us later!)

Australia has one of the most open and accessible community radio sectors in the world – many stations across the country partner with schools for a really unique classroom experience.

-JB

Schools on Air is a SYN Media Learning program. Schools across Melbourne and Victoria can be a part of Schools on Air – Click here to book and find out more.

 

 

Multifaith Perspectives Program

SYN Media Learning is offering a great opportunity for young people of diverse faith backgrounds.

The program offers free radio and media training and the opportunity to contribute to a regular multifaith program on SYN.

You can find more information and application details at http://syn.org.au/MultifaithPerspectives – Anyone 12-25 can apply and applications close Thursday September 19.

Our Access Programs provide a unique mix of confidence building, life and job-ready skills and a platform for your voice in the community.

Call or email Access Programming Coordinator, Danae Gibson, to find out more.

03 9925 4192

access@syn.org.au

Queer Youth on Air

SYN Media Learning’s Queer Youth on Air was a summer school program designed to teach young same sex attracted and gender diverse Victorians media skills. Participants learned how to present, produce and create their own media culminating in their own weekly broadcast on SYN Radio.

Community groups, youth services, youth groups and more based in Melbourne and surrounds can have their own radio show on SYN Radio. Find out more at http://www.syn.org.au/access

SYN Media Learning

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SYN Media Learning is the leader in providing media education experiences for young Australians and those who work with young Australians.

This blog explores the experiences of our participants, partners and staff in experiencing and delivering media learning.

Find out more about SYN Media and SYN Media Learning at syn.org.au/learn