Category WIMPS

WIMPS at South Africa’s Media Conference for Youth

A short report written for a different blog. The coach’s engine was overheating. Outside the sun was beating down – it was 35 degrees. Inside, the coach air conditioning was on full pelt to keep us cool. And we were… Continue Reading →

Gumboot Dance – the Media Kidocracy Konference talent night winners

While working in South Africa at the beginning of December 2012 at the Media Kidocracy Konference organised by Bush Radio, the organisers held a talent night for the young people at the conference. The winners were these guys. Not the… Continue Reading →

Video report from MKK South Africa

WIMPS – Karen reports from the Media Kidocracy Konference in South Africa from on Vimeo.

Social Media for Social Change – Express Yourself

Notes from a presentation I gave to the Media Kidocracy Konference organised by Bush Radio in South Africa December 2012 to an audience average age 15-16 Your Social Media Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, Tumblr. That’s what most of us think… Continue Reading →

Producing content is Power

South Africa Broadcasting Corporation board member Lumko Mtimde today told audience of young people at a media and democracy conference “Power is producing content”. Lumko Mtimde was keynote speaker at the Media Kidocracy Konference Conference organised by Capetown’s Bush Radio…. Continue Reading →

Crisis of Leadership

I think we are facing a crisis of leadership in Northern Ireland. Here’s my (unfinished) thinking. I once went on a two day course on decision making. It was very good, but I remember little about it apart from an… Continue Reading →

Off to the States

Some of the WIMPS Crews are heading for the US of A at the end of the month. Members from 3 of the Belfast Crews, Banbridge, Coleraine and Craigavon  will be visiting D. C. and New York. Tonight they are… Continue Reading →

That was one brilliant week

We were told a few weeks ago that Public Achievement – the charity I work for – was going to be given a Big Society Award from the Prime Minister David Cameron. It is for the work we have been… Continue Reading →

Why did Wikipedia go ‘dark’?

(Written for They are protesting about a law being debated in the US congress to outlaw internet piracy. Wikipedia is only one of  many interert companies worried about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect Intellectual Property Act… Continue Reading →

Transparency and Objectivity

Let’s take two sites where you go for advice: Trip Advisor and Which? Both are transparent and objective but in different ways. It is transparent that the reviews on Trip Advisor are written by the public. The reviewers are not… Continue Reading →

WIMPS Recruits

The WIMPS project is now recruiting new Crew members in Belfast and Derry/Londonderry. In Belfast we have new groups in the west and south of the city as well as the WIMPS Belfast Central Crew, who meet at the offices… Continue Reading →

The Week in WIMPS

Film maker Marc Mulholland joined the team. He’ll train Crew and Staff to make video better and help drive up our production standards – welcome Marc. Debs A WIMPS Youth Worker got the chance to get her feet under a desk… Continue Reading →

Week in WIMPS – Week Beginning 21 February 2011

Last week ended at the Queens Film Theatre in Belfast at a screening of films made by young people. New volunteer Kevin got his first shot at camera work and Nora and Paddy their first work under a professional TV director…. Continue Reading →

Young People and Mobiles: is Blackberry the handset of choice?

I asked this question on Twitter this morning and later on Facebook. “Anecdotal: big rise in Blackberry use among teenagers in Belfast. Anyone else noticed?” There has been a really interesting response from beyond just Belfast or Northern Ireland.… Continue Reading →

The Week in WIMPS – Week Beginnging 14 February 2011

Interviews with Political Leaders, choosing a design company to build our new web site and live streaming the first political party hustings – just part of this week at WIMPS. It is really astonishing the access that WIMPS has to… Continue Reading →

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