Friday, November 16, 2007

Listening Across Borders

Friday, November 16, 2007

We all know that young people are the so-called "early adopters" of new technologies, but the question remains in student media circles about how to best harness these innovations to enhance youth communication efforts. The answer also might shed some light on how to attract bright young people in the professional news media.

A recent MTF-funded proejct tackled the issue head-on with YouthLAB, an intense two-week summer program that gathered 20 teens from Barbados and Chicago "together in a virtual space to create global exchange using peer-to-peer networks and other tools of participatory media." The project hatched dozens of youth-produced videos, Skype chats and mash-ups.

You can read all about the project and lessons learned for the youth media field in a new Youth Media Reporter piece by Open Youth Networks director Mindy Faber ( Better yet, you can check-out the teens work yourself at the Youth Lab Web site (

Interested in youth media? You can sign up for a free subcription to Youth Media Reporter on its site,

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