I am about to commence a social media project in conjunction with LGBT Youth North West, a regional body supporting LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) young people and LGBT Youth organisations. The project will be segmented into three key areas:
– Blog and integration with a variety of other social networking sites – Development of a blog / forum to inform people about LGBT Youth North West as well as giving a voice to the young people involved. Allowing them to contribute features/articles and make comments.
– Video – Production of video ‘advertisements’ to promote LGBT Youth North West, as well as associated groups Lesbian & Gay Youth Manchester and LIK:T. As well as ad hoc filming of events, interviews etc.
– Audio – Conducting and recording interviews across five generations regarding their experiences being a LGBT young person. The idea is to create a set of oral histories that can then be distributed as podcasts. There will also be the ongoing recording of ‘vox pops’ to assist with generating content for the blog.
A key facet of the project will be a process of engagement and consultation with the young people. In addition to ongoing training with those involved with the running of LGBT Youth North West and the sustaining the project in the long term.
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2 Responses to introduction: social media & lgbt youth project
This part of your project design really caught my eye:
“Conducting and recording interviews across five generations regarding their experiences being a LGBT young person. The idea is to create a set of oral histories that can then be distributed as podcasts.”
These ethnographic methods, that are not only going to guide your project but be incorporated into it as well sounds really interesting. I am particularly interested in how you think it will direct interaction within your project.
I find it wonderful that not only are you studying how these social media works but how to work it. I look forward to seeing the development of your project.
I am currently in the middle of a project for my masters course about blogging and the blogosphere. It seems that this is your area of expertise. I invite you to look over some of our ideas on our project in progress: blographers.wordpress.com
Thank you for your comments. I have started conducting my interviews now so I am now looking forward to experimenting with distributing them and watching for the results. I will be interested to see how your project also progresses, I look forward to hearing your podcast too.