“I was impressed by the ‘hands on’ filming experience. I loved the friendly atmosphere and being part of a platform unafraid to critique mainstream thoughts..”

Free Citizen TV Training for volunteers

The charity runs part-time training for volunteers aged 16-25 interested in film, video, TV, journalism and the creative industries.

With the relaxation of restrictions, training packages from May 2021 will combine online sessions via zoom, with face-to-face camera training and shoots with all equipment provided. These volunteer packages are free, thanks to support from the Jack Petchey Foundation and friends of the charity.

Everyone interested needs to complete the simple application below, no one is turned away and no previous skills are required. Everyone interested will need to attend an introductory event to take part in the next package and become part of the crew at 7.30pm on Thursday 13th May. Full session dates and details are outlined below.

Aside from the online and face-to-face sessions, participants will be encouraged to carry out further tasks from home. Extra sessions will be arranged throughout the package to develop ideas, shoot material or discuss progress as needed. A zoom link for the introductory event will be sent to everyone who applies.

Making Citizen TV – Early Summer Package for Volunteers

The sessions, in this early summer package mainly take place in the evening and over weekends. Much of the package will take place online but it will include practical face-to-face camera training, a filmed picnic and produce programmes for which everyone will be credited. Extra dates and events may be arranged according to volunteer needs during the period.

Thursday 13th May 7.30pm via Zoom Citizen TV Makers introductory event

Meet the team and the new crew, discuss what we do, what the new package involves and decide if it’s for you.

Sunday 16th May 3pm via Zoom Digital promotion & fundraising brainstorm

Mainstream TV and major movie makers spend millions on marketing-we’ll work together on ways to win an audience with no budget. We’ll ask everyone to do their bit too with a fundraising brainstorm. Even no-budget TV and film making has costs. We’ll cook up some creative ideas to keep the charity afloat and arrange take-home tasks for everyone to pursue.

Sunday 23rd May 3pm via Zoom The making of a crowd-filmed documentary

This workshop with a film Director, will focus on one of the charity’s award-winning documentaries. Film options will be presented and voted for at the introductory event and links to the film online will be emailed to all participants, to watch it, prior to this discussion.

Thursday 27th May 7.30pm via Zoom Production ideas-a brainstorming workshop

Every film, video, news report or article starts with some creative thinking. During this session we will work out ideas to complete projects in production or develop new programmes and discuss shooting arrangements.

Saturday 29th May 10am-6pm Face to Face camera training OR

Sunday 30th May 10am-6pm Face to Face camera training

Spread over two days to reduce groups sizes in keeping with social distancing rules, volunteers will be invited to attend one of these two days at the WORLDwrite Centre. This is a day long interactive workshop with camera professionals to understand the basics of working with WORLDwrite’s HD cameras, 4K cameras, sound kit & lighting.

Wednesday 2nd June 7.30pm via Zoom Shooting from home

Shooting with your mobile or recording with a webcam has been a mainstay during lockdown and it has its uses beyond that too. In this session we’ll look at how to get the best out of your mobile or webcam. From teleprompters to interviews, a workshop on what is possible, with tips for everyone to have a go and start shooting for the programme ideas discussed.

Sunday 6th June 2pm Freedom of Assembly Face to Face Filmed Picnic with guests

A chance to take part in an actual show in front and behind the camera. Filmed outside, complete with nibbles and invited guests, this Citizen TV show will examine freedom of assembly and what’s happened to the right to protest.

Wednesday 9th June 7.30pm Via Zoom Footage Review

We’ll examine footage shot by volunteers from home and at the filmed picnic and discuss what works, what doesn’t and how to put it together.

Sunday 13th June 3pm Via Zoom Programme launch, Evaluation & Next steps

What have we created? What can we do with it? What could we do better? In this end of package discussion we’ll mull over what we’ve achieved, discuss future plans, further ideas and future shoots for everyone interested

Read on to apply

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 helping the charity produce 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 the next 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.