"A really big thank you to Open Lens Media in allowing us to experience this project. Thank you."
The LCCTV Project ran at The Lighthouse Young People’s Centre, Birmingham between April and August 2022. This project aimed to teach young people the skills needed to become content creators for various social media platforms. This was a new project put together using a combination of some sessions already created such as Video Editing and Presentation Skills, and some completely new sessions such as Introduction to Social Media and Content Development. At the end of the 12 sessions, participants were invited to be interviewed to be hired as Lighthouse Lens Reporters for a 3 month paid internship to create Instagram content for The Lighthouse using the skills they had learnt during the LCCTV Project.
Brianna, who is in her last year of Secondary School, began LCCTV project with minimal media knowledge and only a basic user understanding of social media. Throughout LCCTV, she learnt many new technical skills and handled equipment she had never used before. During the project, Brianna noted that she would like to work on her communication skills and be more professional when sending emails. After being hired as a Lighthouse Lens Reporter, she had to send and reply to emails promptly with content, and to send information regarding her working hours; Brianna was able to work on her professionalism and confidently sent emails to Open Lens Media staff and to the Lighthouse staff in a professional manner. Brianna had also said she has "enjoyed every moment" of the project and internship and hopes to continue using the skills that she had learnt within her school work.