Viewing youth concerns through a camera lens brings issues into sharp focus.
Students and staff from the Media Communication department within ACU's School of Arts and Sciences (Vic) are well underway with the production of a Channel 31 series, Walk In My Shoez.
The six-part panel-style TV series, funded by a Community Broadcasting Foundation grant, is being produced as part of the Bachelor of Media Communication program and involving students enrolled in the Media Production for Social Justice unit.
This unit introduces students to the production of media that is appropriate for the needs of community groups, with an emphasis on promotion of social justice issues.
Bachelor of Media Communication Course Coordinator Dr Diane Charleson said the students worked with youth activist and media commentator Les Twentyman. "Our students are learning how to operate the studio and are producing 18 segments for the show. All people featured in the segments will then form part of the panel show to be shot in our ACU TV media studio in early October."
Third year Media Communication student Courtney Petalas said: "What an experience, working with a professional with so much knowledge and direction. We all had our different parts to play when filming the segment and it was amazing to watch each other excel at what we do best. We have come so far since our first year at ACU."
The new and vibrant project aims to highlight important issues related to social justice that are of relevance for young people such as youth homelessness, refugee youth, Indigenous youth, disabled youth, and ethnic minorities.
Dr Charleson said the project has brought "a real buzz" to the campus with ACU students working collaboratively to produce the program series taking on all key roles from writing, research, production, technical roles, and editing with an emphasis on industry practice.
The series concentrate on highlighting positive projects and initiatives in the Victorian community.