Wired FM Present: We Rise by Lifting Others
11:45 - 12:45
Tomorrow we'll be recording an important panel discussion in the media studio at Mary Immaculate College. The discussion will be about advocating for issues identified by a group of people who have been studying Media Expression here at the station. The panelists are Jan O' Sullivan TD, Sindy Joyce, a PhD student with the Department of Sociology at UL, Sarah Jane Hennelly - Social Democrat for Limerick City, and Dr. James Ring (CEO of Limerick Chamber).
Over the last number of months we have been running a QQI course in Media Expression here at the college. The course was specially tailored for marginalised groups, specifically members of the local Traveller community, migrants/asylum seekers, the LGBTIQ community, and former offenders. Those groups were set by the Community Foundation for Ireland, who are supporting the project. The idea behind the course was that the participants would learn about and be certified in media expression, but that they would also advocate for a change they would like to see. To change something for the good of their community by way of a radio programme they would produce themselves.
On Friday we are recording the final part of our programme, a panel discussion in the media department studio at Mary Immaculate College (upstairs in the library building.) There is room for a small invited audience, and we would like to extend an invitation to those of you. You can RSVP by mailing email@example.com
We’ll start recording at noon, so we would ask people to arrive a few minutes beforehand. The recording will take approx. 45 minutes.
Over the course of the last two months the participants brain stormed and tested different content for the advocacy position they would like to take up. Heavy, difficult subjects were discussed, but the learners decided they wanted to advocate for something positive. There are two main parts to their advocacy position.
1) to discuss how businesses in Limerick that demonstrate the integration of diverse communities should be acknowledged by the community.
2) a peer award for achievers from diverse communities, a sort of people of the year award for people from marginalised communities in Limerick. The ideal way the participants would like to see this being awarded would be by the communities themselves.
The panel discussion will look to the positives this would have for the broader Limerick community. The awards would promote how “diversity is the key to innovation”, and how diverse minds enable growth and development. The group would like to see Limerick to the fore of promoting that by establishing these awards. This is where the name of the programme came from, the idea that “we rise by lifting others.”
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