On 7 March 2013, the fruits of this partnership were unveiled in a youth media showcase held at the headquarters of Channel 4. The event was hosted by Radio 1 presenter Tina Daheley and was attended by senior media representatives from the Telegraph and Independent Newspapers, Archant Media and Time Out Magazine.
Mentees gather to watch their peers' work in the Channel 4 cinema
The showcase also attracted Mayors from several boroughs in London, along with representatives from the charities responsible for the project - including Jack Petchey himself! Guests at the showcase were invited to view young people's films and photographs in a special exhibition area. Some of the films, including one on negative stereotyping by Lance (17, from Newham), were also screened in the Channel 4 cinema to all gathered.
Our partnership with the Media Trust has supported over 100 young people, matching them with media mentors who have professional experience in film, photography and journalism. The budding media enthusiasts have all been supported in creating their own projects, which were then featured in print and online publications including London24.com and Time Out London.
Meet some of the young people who have been mentored in this short film:
Trudy Kilcullen, Chief Operations Officer of The Jack Petchey Foundation, reflected that the programme had “unharnessed a wave of positivity and given young people a chance to show that the negative stereotypical youth stories we often hear in the media are mostly myth".
Caroline Diehl, Chief Executive and founder of Media Trust, meanwhile praised the efforts of the young people: "I was incredibly proud to celebrate the achievements of a diverse group of young people and commend them on their inspiring media projects. Media is a force for good and all of the projects have provided young people with the opportunity to get their voices heard by wider society."
In addition to the mentoring programme, the "Your London" competition we ran with the Media Trust has given five aspiring journalists the chance to work directly with Time Out London's editor-in-chief, Tim Arthur.