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Filmmakers/educators/facilitators? Understanding the role of adult intermediaries in youth media production in the UK and the USA

Blum-Ross, Alicia (2015) Filmmakers/educators/facilitators? Understanding the role of adult intermediaries in youth media production in the UK and the USA. Journal of Children and Media, 9 (3). pp. 308-324. ISSN 1748-2798

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Identification Number: 10.1080/17482798.2015.1058280

Abstract

The possibilities that making “their own” media might contain for engaging young people in learning has been celebrated in recent years, while the role of adult intermediaries in guiding these projects remains too often obscured. Here, I draw on several years of ethnographic research conducted in the UK and the USA to distinguish among three different types of facilitators: guides who privilege processes over outputs; collaborators who position themselves within an egalitarian team; and mentors, who draw on specialist knowledge to encourage young people to make “high quality” films. I assess the impact of these different modes on the central claims made for youth media as a means of developing skills, critical media literac(ies), and encouraging youth “voice.” Although youth media organizations struggling with sustainability often conflate these practices, these approaches lend themselves to achieving diverse aims and thus differences could be better delineated by facilitators and by funders in order to realize the ambitions proposed by youth media projects.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rchm20
Additional Information: © 2015 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Sets: Departments > Media and Communications
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2015 09:10
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 11:23
Projects: ES/J006572/1
Funders: Economic and Social Science Research Council, University of Oxford
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/63322

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