Each month, one team (6-8 youth) chooses a topic they want to explore. With each episode the youth alternate between the roles of director, producer, host, audio, camera, floor manager and technical director. The program is entirely youth-directed, with minimal support or guidance provided by the Open Media Foundation Staff. Youth research the topic and interview local experts in business, nonprofit organizations, community groups or schools that engage youth around the chosen topic.
The youth decide what type of footage is needed from the field, either "voice of the people" street interviews, on-site footage of interviewees, PSAs or interviews with additional youth or organizations. All field footage is edited in order to be incorporated into the live show and to add another conversational dimension to the live studio interviews.
Youth also have the opportunity to do smaller, shorter segments (such as PSAs) within a 2 week challenge. The first week is focused around pre-production and production concepts, such as storyboarding, plot development, and filming. The second week is focused around editing concepts such as how/when to cut, chromakeying, and pacing of a story.
This training helps youth to both realize their capacity as leaders and to recognize and respect peer leaders. Finally, Open Media Generation fuels creativity, problem solving skills and helps participants develop unique job skills that are increasingly valuable in the digital age.
The Open Media Foundation supports this youth program as a service to the community. We do so at a financial loss, providing training and equipment to the youth without payment from the participants or their families. If you would like your child to participate in this event, please complete, sign, and return the following Consent and Release Form, acknowledging that they are participating at their own will and with your consent. As parent or legal guardian, you and your child remain fully responsible for the actions and conduct of your child.