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Become a Citizen TV Maker in 2022

If developing filmmaking skills or testing your existing skills while making an impact is of interest, then this is definitely for you.

The charity produces programmes, shows, shorts and feature films for public benefit. To help make this possible, it provides part-time training for volunteers aged 16-25 interested in exploring ideas and using film, video and TV to get a message across.

Our Citizen TV making packages now combine online sessions via zoom, with face-to-face camera training to get to know our equipment and practical shoots for actual programmes, shows and films for which all volunteers are credited. The training component of these volunteer packages is free, thanks to support from the Jack Petchey Foundation and friends of the charity.

In August we are running short intensive train and shoot packages. If you are up for these, scroll down for dates and get an application in right away. No one is turned away but when we are full, we’re full.

For the autumn we’ve designed a special package for volunteers who would like to attend and film at the Battle of Ideas Festival see www.battleofideas.org.uk With thousands of attendees and over 100 debates over two days, this is quite an event and the charity is honoured to be a media partner. Knowing how best to film a debate is key, but fear not we’ll take you through it. With a big crew on a rota, there will be plenty of time to attend debates too.

Check out all the dates below and scroll down to the application form. Be sure to say which package you want to do and we look forward to having you on a crew.

Extra events & opportunities

Saturday 23nd July 3pm: Welcome Party & Screenings. Celebration time! The WORLDwrite Centre will open its doors to friends of the charity and volunteers so that they can meet and welcome our Ukrainian refugee interns and watch some of the films we have made this year. A great opportunity to meet our crew and find out more. We’d be delighted to see you here. It’s free but please book your tickets via this Eventbrite link to ensure you are on the gate list, visit www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/worldwrite-welcome-party-screenings-tickets-365907979617

Saturday 6th to Saturday 13th August Young Journalists Academy Summer School. If you are a school-age student this is an opportunity not to be missed. A jam-packed week honing your skills and learning from the best. To apply visit the Young Academies Group website here: www.youngacademies.org

Sunday 7th August A Matter of Sovereignty Filmed Picnic Sovereignty has always been a contested concept. In the post-war era, it became very unfashionable and many young people were happier saying they were citizens of the world than a particular nation-state. So has Ukraine’s struggle for self-determination put national sovereignty back on the map? Having been locked down, nudged and our liberty curtailed through Covid, what of individual sovereignty? The sovereignty issue raises many questions we are confronted with today. To unravel its history, meaning and today’s debates, WORLDwrite is delighted to be hosting a filmed picnic with guest experts and would be delighted if you can attend. Email Kate at world.write@btconnect.com to confirm a place.

Forthcoming Citizen TV Packages

Short Package 1

Wednesday 17th August via Zoom 7.30pm-9pm: Become a part-time Citizen TV volunteer Introductory Event. Meet the team and the new crew, discuss what we do, what the two-day weekend package will involve and get ready to shoot!

Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st August 10am-6pm: Face-To-Face Train & Shoot weekend. On the Saturday we’ll have a daylong hands-on workshop to get to know the basics of working with WORLDwrite’s cameras, sound kit & lighting ready to shoot the next day. This will take place at the WORLDwrite Centre in London E5. Whether you have never picked up a camera or are a seasoned filmmaker you will need to know WORLDwrite’s kit to shoot with us. On the Sunday we’ll be shooting a show, short film, view on the streets or footage for a major documentary as discussed at the introductory session. Refreshments will be provided and travel costs to location shoots covered.

Short Package 2

Tuesday 23rd August via Zoom 7.30pm-9pm: Become a part-time Citizen TV volunteer Introductory Event. Meet the team and the new crew, discuss what we do, what the next two day package will involve and get ready to shoot!

Wednesday 24th & Thursday 25th August 10am-6pm: Face-To-Face Train & Shoot weekday package. On the Wednesday we’ll have a daylong hands-on workshop to get to know the basics of working with WORLDwrite’s cameras, sound kit & lighting ready to shoot the next day. This will take place at the WORLDwrite Centre in London E5. Whether you have never picked up a camera or are a seasoned filmmaker you will need to know WORLDwrite’s kit to shoot with us. On the Thursday we’ll be shooting a show, short film, view on the streets or footage for a major documentary as discussed at the introductory session. Refreshments will be provided and travel costs to location shoots covered.

Special Package 3 Battle of Ideas Festival

Thursday 22nd September 7.30pm-9pm: Introductory event for Battle of Ideas Festival shooters. Meet the team and the crew. Find out what we do and what shooting at the Battle of Ideas Festival involves.

Saturday 1st October & Sunday 2nd October. Participants will need to attend just one of these days to get to know the charity’s film equipment, how we shoot debates, panels and lectures at the Battle of Ideas Festival and how to operate as a media pro. Refreshments will be provided.

Monday 3rd Tuesday 4th & Wednesday 5th October 2pm-4.30pm or 7pm-9.30pm Practice makes Perfect! Participants will need to pick two sessions out of the six available over these three days to be sure you can set up and shoot a debate like a pro with 4K cameras and extra hired equipment.

Sunday 9th October 10am-6pm Battle of Ideas logistics day. This is the day we go through all crew arrangements, logistics, rotas, locations, equipment and plans. It will take place at the WORLDwrite centre and everyone will attend, experienced crew and new. We’ll discuss hot tips too for getting the most from the festival weekend. Refreshments will be provided.

Wednesday 12th October 2pm-5pm or 7pm-9.30pm It’s kit prep day from sound cables to battery testing, everyone will need to pick one slot to come and help pack and prepare kit.

Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th October 8am- 6.30pm This is the big Battle of Ideas festival shoot weekend. It will be full-on with thousands of attendees over 100 debates and our own amazing crew. Travel expenses and refreshments will be provided to keep us all going. For free thinkers it’s the event of the year and we’re honoured to be media partners.  All participants need to be free to attend both days.

Read on to apply for one of the packages above

We do not want you to send us CVs, we do need to know you understand that this is voluntary work. This package is for people interested in producing Citizen TV programmes and films and it is the content and ideas that matter. We welcome newcomers to the UK, you don’t need any film skills at all and we won’t judge you on your English. We cover a huge range of issues but as an education charity, we do have some basic principles which we promote on our channel WORLDbytes and through the documentaries we make.

We believe in:

  • Democracy for all and the more direct the better
  • Economic growth & serious development for all globally
  • Challenging all forms of prejudice, anti-democratic and anti-human trends
  • Freedom of speech and advancing civil liberties
  • Challenging distrust, fear and intervention in everyday life
  • Supporting our peers globally managing their own affairs without foreign intervention
  • Advancing new knowledge, ideas and critical thinking
  • Global equality and equal rights for all

To take part in a part-time package, complete the simple application form below and confirm you can attend the introductory session.

Places fill up very fast, so don’t delay!

Apply for free Citizen TV training

Please watch the short WORLDbytes film clips below to give you an idea of the type of programmes we make and then complete the simple application form in full. Application forms with no comments on the videos indicated, will not be accepted. Once you have submitted your form we will be in touch to confirm your place and provide you with the Zoom link for the introductory evening.