Raise the Platform 21 June 2014 – community access

The crew of Raise the Platform have conducted some great interviews since first going to air on SYN in July 2013.

Here is another … a chat with Kathryn Beaton about her Guide Dog, Zeke.

Zeke has a Facebook page here (of course!) and you can stay up to date with the Jazzy the Adventure Chair here too!

Raise the Platform is a seasonal program at SYN Media that began as Diversity Program with the support of YDAS

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 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


Research + Script + Structure + Production = AWESOME and INFORMATIVE news bulletin!


Correct use of language is really important in a news bulletin. In order to be concise newsreaders use an active voice as opposed to a passive voice.

Here’s a formula for a sentence

<subject> + <verb> + <object>

The subject always goes at the start of the sentence, followed by the verb and object. For example: if a there was a news story about a man (the subject) saving (verb) a cat (the object) , you would say “a man as saved a cat” not “a cat has been saved by a man”.

Watch the full tutorial here

Eddie’s 6 Tips

  • Make sure each story has at least 2 sources
  • Keep it simple
  • Use appropriate sentence structure
  • Avoid clichés
  • Check pronunciation
  • Have a clear intro and outro

Make sure everything is accurate and impartial and do not plagiarize other people’s work.

Tim in jail

For more on broadcast laws, check out the “Copyright and Broadcast Law” section on our very useful resources page.

2013: A year of media learning at SYN

Participants of SYN's "Raise The Platform"

Participants of SYN’s “Raise The Platform”

2013 has been an amazing year for the Media Learning Department at SYN Media. We’ve taught hundreds of keen new SYN volunteers and thousands of participants from schools and community groups. We aim to teach media skills and provide access to media platforms for young people all across the community. Here are some of our 2013 highlights:

Queer Youth on Air

Supported by the HEY grants program SYN launched Queer Youth on Air – a summer training program for young people from LGBTIQ backgrounds.

Schools on Air

With the support of the Victorian Department of Education’s Strategic Partnerships Program and the Community Broadcasting Foundation we had another huge year of our Schools on Air program delivering radio shows, tours and workshops with over 3000+ students. You can hear some of their best work with the Best of Schools on Air podcast. We also won the “Excellence in Training” award at the 2013 CBAA awards.

Oxfam and Change Reaction

Change Reaction

We partnered with Oxfam on Change Reaction – a program to  encourage discussion about international aid and development amongst young Australians. Hear their work here.

Regional training

3WAY Training

We delivered training to young people at 3WAY in Warrnambool and EMFM in Echuca and assisted regional community radio stations in applying for the Victorian Government’s Be Heard grants program.

Radio and TV/Screen Training

Tim Training

Our Radio and TV/Screen training team inducted and trained over 40-50 young people per month into the SYN Media community. Our Information Nights regularly booked out throughout the year. Anyone 12-25 can volunteer in 2014 too: http://www.syn.org.au/getinvolved

Paper Fire

Paper Fire

In partnership with Express Media, 100 Story Building and Footscray Primary School we produced Paper Fire – radio plays written and produced by primary school students. Read a great summary of the launch event from 100 Story Building here.

YDAS and Raise The Platform

Raise The Platform

The Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS) and SYN partnered on Raise The Platform –  a platform for young people to advocate for and share experiences of young people with disabilities. You can hear some of their podcasts here.

Interfaith/Multifaith programming – Unscriptured and Intersection


With support from the Victorian Multicultural Commission we farewelled Unscriptured after a great year of multifaith/interfaith discussion and welcomed Intersection to our programming. Both programs trained young people from diverse faith backgrounds in radio and media skills. Intersection will continue to be on air in 2014.

This is the Face of Australia’s Media

We celebrated our volunteers with “This is the Face of Australia’s Media” –  a showcase of the many types of young people who volunteer at SYN. Find out more at http://www.syn.org.au/ThisIsTheFace

Conferences, presentations and more


We spoke at a number of conferences and events across the year including Berry Street’s Good Childhood Conference, the Foundation for Young Australian’s Change It Up program and presenting Youth Engagement Forums across regional Victoria.


And on a personal note – it all wouldn’t be possible without our wonderful volunteers, trainees, trainers, office staff, teachers, support workers, partners, supporters, advocates, mentors and you! So many people in the community make SYN and our media learning programs a reality and we can’t wait to learn, grow, challenge, experiment and innovate even more in 2014. Thank you for your support.

-JB (Jonathan Brown – Education and Training Manager)

If you’d like to work with SYN Media Learning in 2014 you can find out more at http://www.syn.org.au/learn. Our office will be closed from December 21 to January 5.

Young people and regional/rural radio


Over the last 2 years SYN Media has been assisting community radio stations to apply for the Be Heard grants program – $5000 grants to assist rural/regional community radio stations to engage young people in their stations.

One of the great things about being involved has been meeting community radio stations all across Victoria who want to work with young people and getting out on the road and meeting young people with an interest in radio. In the last two weeks I’ve met with representatives from Kinglake Ranges Radio, Seymour FM and ONE FM in Shepparton to talk about youth engagement strategies in their stations.

From our experience radio is a great activity for young people in rural/regional areas looking for meaningful activities to participate in. It’s fun, it’s live, it’s challenging and it pushes them to learn new skills they may not have considered before. When it comes to working with young people in regional/rural areas some of the lessons we’ve learned are:

– Strong relationships with the local youth services/providers is a must. There are lots of very dedicated and passionate youth workers out there looking for fun and engaging activities and are great advocates.

– Trust in young people is vital. For some stations entrusting young people with the airwaves has been a challenge to internal cultures, but can have a huge pay off. Given authentic trust – young people can contribute and bring a lot to a station and to a community.

– Participation for young people should be meaningful. They should be given opportunities to participate like any other station member. This includes at a committee/management level.

– Allow for mistakes. Trainees of any age need to be given a comfortable, safe and supportive environment to learn – a few mistakes here and there aren’t the end of the world!

We’ve had some great experiences training young people all across Victoria – from Warrnambool to Omeo and in between and it’s great to see months later these young people getting further involved in their local station.


Be Heard grants for Victorian regional/rural community radio stations are due November 1st. Call 03 9925 4693 or email training@syn.org.au to find our more or heard to syn.org.au/BeHeardGrants

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.


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