SETTING A PANEL DISCUSSION

Brief summary of activity

This activity focuses on producing a live pre-recorded discussion / interview (for a podcast or radio show)

Aim of the activity

The participants will get a taste of how an editorial team works and also get used to the studio.

Expected Outcomes

To understand the dynamics of an editorial team
To get a taste of how a panel discussion/interview is put together
To get used to being in studio and to use a microphone/portable recorder
In the case of specific groups, this could be a quite empowering experience.

experience and skills required

Facilitation and production skills

infrastructure, setting, resources

Comfortable room and portable recorder or mobile studio, or a radio studio

Length

Between 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

Materials

chairs for discussion round or seatpads, rope/tape, flipchart and pens, computer and access to internet.

How the activity should take place

1. rule setting: 10 min

trainer gives 4-5 basic rules, participants can add some.

2. icebreaking questions (introduction round + expectation for the workshop): 60 min

start with three or four given questions (name, profession, family situation, …)

-> if there are hurdles to speak: ice-breaking questions (Tell me about your family?)
-> variation for different language situation: explain your name by drawing a picture
-> second introduction round: what does radio mean to you/which role radio plays in your country?

alternative: kitchen situation, maybe cook together or eat and drink together

3. finding a topic: 20 min

- open question to the women: “what was the last topic you read, heard or seen and thought longer than one minute about?”
- tell them you give them a minute and give them 5 minutes in reality to reflect
- collect the topics and let them explain their decision

1. step: which topic is the most interesting/important to you or which one do you want to listen to?
2. step: which topic do you want to produce and to talk about on the radio / in the podcast

- Reach the decision by consent

if this doesn’t work:

- offer 4 topics
- participants can add own topics + proposals
- voting for one topic > in two steps:

1. step: which topic is the most interesting/important to you or which one do you want to listen to?
2. step: which topic do you want to produce and to talk about on the radio / in the podcast

- Reach the decision by consent

4. research: 20 min

to recognize participants as sources: collecting opinions/ knowledge from the group through a discussion with prepare questions -> note down the key questions or points of interest

-> alternative activity: “market place“ (for bigger group)

5. preparation of an live on tape situation: 10 min

6. participants find concrete opinions and individual standpoints for the recorded discussion 30 m

7. recording of the situation 10 - 15 min

8. reflection round > Feedback 20 min

Recommended max. number of participants and trainees to trainers ratio

4-5 per trainer

Risk and possible adaptation

• In the case of migrant women, be aware of "difficult“ topics: women rights, prostitution, religion, racism, sexuality, violence against women, lesbianism. If there comes a "controversial“ situation up, you have to discuss it, and eventually in this case some of your interviewees might request anonymity.
• In case of language difficulties draw things/names/… in pictures, video
• Consider the needs of the group (childcare, guide dogs, need for breaks, etc)
• respect the trainees expectations and wishes, if participants do not want to speak into the microphone or use the technical devices in the training course they don’t have to (offer alternatives); but other participants have to agree with this situation. because they could feel observed by those who do not take part in the recording.

Scheduling

This could be a good activity as introduction to the studio or for editorial team work.
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