PLASTIC FIGURES – AN INTRODUCTION TO MEDIA / COMMUNITY MEDIA
Brief summary of activityThe participants talk about the aims of media in general, about the features of different media types, and about their media consumption habits.
Aim of the activityThe participants get acquainted with the media landscape and the specific characteristics and ethos of community media/community radio.
Expected OutcomesThe participants get to know the basic features of different media types and get acquainted with the essence/principles of community media.
experience and skills requiredNo special experience required.
infrastructure, setting, resourcesNo special infrastructure is needed, only a comfortable training room.
MaterialsDifferent types of plastic figures (playmobil figures that represents different professions, social classes, gender) – 3-4 more figures than the number of participants.
How the activity should take placeThe trainer brings a box full of figures – all participants take one out of the box. The trainer ask them to introduce themselves through the figures – who they are, what do they do, what do they watch in the tv / listen to the radio?
When this introduction round is over (which is a good way also way to talk about the media consumption habits of the participants in an indirect way) the trainer asks the participants / figures (with different background) to find out a radio where all of them could participate. They have 10 minutes to get an agreement and find everyone’s place / role in the radio.
When the trainees – as a group now – explain who is doing what at the radio, the trainer has the opportunity to point out the differences between community media and other media types. At the end of the exercise they talk about these differences and the trainer highlights the principles of the community media movement.