Learning Waves Award Winning TY Media Week returns for 2023.
Learning Waves’ TY Media Week is back for the last quarter of the year. Learning Waves has teamed up with radio stations around the country to host their own TY Media Week. Transition Year students nationwide can apply for their place in their respective radio stations over the coming weeks. The programme won the award for best Youth-Led Media Literacy Intervention at the inaugural Media Ireland Awards 2023.
The TY Media Week Programme provides TY students across the country with a unique opportunity to get involved in the creation of content for broadcast on a radio station across the country. The programme is run by Learning Waves and is funded by the Coimisiún na Meán through the Television licence fee. Students can apply to the radio station in their area. Successful students will take part in a one-week training programme at the radio station which will culminate with a broadcast of content created and produced by students on a selected programme at the radio station. At the end of the programme, students will be presented with a certificate of completion.
Media training for Transition Year Students, especially in a radio station, offers many invaluable benefits. Primarily, it provides them with early exposure to the world of broadcasting, allowing them to explore their interests and potential career paths. This experience nurtures essential communication skills, enhancing their ability to articulate deals confidently and effectively. This training also instills a sense of responsibility, teaching them to handle equipment and information with care and professionalism.
Furthermore, it encourages teamwork and collaboration, as radio stations thrive on collective efforts to create engaging content. Young trainees learn to work harmoniously with diverse teams, honing their interpersonal skills. Additionally, media training fosters creativity, enabling teenagers to unleash their imagination and think creatively when it comes to producing content. Moreover, the exposure to real-world experiences in a radio station helps them build a strong work ethic and adaptability, preparing them for future career challenges.
Finally, it can boost their self-confidence as they see their work reach a broader audience, contributing to personal growth and development. In sum, TY Media Week opens doors to numerous skills and experiences that will not only benefit them in the radio industry but also in their overall personal professional development.
TY students interested in taking part in the programme should keep an eye on our social media pages and our website to find out what stations are involved. Applications are now open for Newstalk, iRadio, Clare FM and Beat 102-103.
Read what previous TY Media Week Students had to say about the programme:
“The most interesting part of the programme was recording and learning about the behind-the-scenes of a radio show. I enjoyed doing vox-pop interviews on the streets and presenting a news bulletin. I had so much fun and met new friends from across the country.” - Eamon, iRadio
“I would 100% recommend the programme to other TY students. It was the highlight of my Transition Year experience so far.” Sarah, iRadio
“The TY Media Week Programme definitely got me out of my comfort zone and I really enjoyed it." Ali, Radio Kerry
"I really enjoyed learning how radio works and what goes on behind the scenes." Dara, Radio Kerry
Keep an eye out for more information on participating stations here.