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Radio program giving regional youth a voice

The youth of Broken Hill will be given a great opportunity to learn the skills to run their own radio show or podcast when an innovative youth program comes to the city next weekend.

Thirty young people aged between 16 to 24 will be able to attend the free workshops on October 22 and 23.

Broken Hill City Council has partnered with West Darling Arts, 2DRY FM and the Betoota Advocate to mentor and offer workshops to young locals interested in media, radio and broadcasting.

Funding has been provided through a $15,000 grant from the NSW government as part of the NSW Regional Youth Radio and Podcast Program.

The money has been used to buy some of the equipment needed for producing podcasts, including a four-headset podcast set-up, some upgrades at 2DRY FM and bringing some of the team from the Betoota Advocate to town to conduct the workshops.

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What is the Betoota Advocate, many will probably be wondering.

It’s an Australian satirical news website and digital media company publishing articles on international, national, and local news with a comedic spin on current news topics and broader social observations.

The workshops will provide an opportunity to develop skills to run radio shows or podcasts, designed to support the next generation of radio broadcasters and podcasters.

“Many people know the work of The Betoota Advocate, and the strong radio and podcast presence and how they portray a strong rural voice in a fun way, and really sell that regional voice,” said Dionne Devlin, Broken Hill Council’s Community Development Officer.

“Our young people have said that they are looking for a way to really project their voice or use their voice to make sure they were heard.

“We thought this might be a good way to do that and attracting the Betoota Advocate to come and work with our kids and young people to give them that opportunity.

“The Saturday session will be held at 2DRY FM and the centre for community, and Sunday they will be at the YMCA Desert Dash Fun Run which is out at the Racecourse.

“Saturday will be all about teaching the skills and making sure our young people are confident in the way they might go about approaching interviews for podcasts and Sunday will be an opportunity put those skills into practice with some people doing things.

“When our young people create podcasts they’ll be able to host them at 2DRY FM and they will play them as well which is great. I encourage any young person interested in media and projecting Broken Hill’s youth voice to register and come along. It’ll be a fun and relaxed weekend.”

“It is important for us to support our young people and increase participation in activities that strengthen their opportunities to have a voice, as well as their connection and belonging to our communities,” Ms Devlin said.

Young people aged 25 – 30 can also register, however priority will be given to 16 – 24 year old’s in the first instance.

Registrations for the workshops can be completed online here:

The NSW Regional Youth Radio and Podcast Program is an initiative of the Office for Regional Youth and administered by the Department of Communities and Justice NSW.

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