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Live Streaming Workshops

Written by DK Wright
May 17, 2013

The Urban Word Live program represents the very first time that we have live-streamed a workshop from Urban Word to the WORLD. Urban Word Live caters not only to teens who cannot make it in person to attend the workshop but also to those who wish to engage in writing and performance activities at their leisure. This experience, we’ve found, gives teens a “pressure free” environment behind the screen to share without intimidation. The youth who attend the workshop, in person or digitally, also get to share their original work online, accessing an authentic audience that they can collaborate and share with.

This initiative also engages youth in multiple leadership capacities and skills development. For instance, the activities that engage the online participants are moderated by the youth at Urban Word. Using Facebook and Twitter, our Digital Media Team sends out weekly prompts, informative links, articles and pictures. These prompts are inspired by the workshops and conversations that happen in the chat room during the workshops andby the mentors facilitating them. These appointed youth provide praise, comments, and suggestions that will make the written or performed work stronger, while also building community.

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Here are some testimonies from the youth leaders on our Digital Media Team:

“The process with life-stream was both a difficult yet rewarding process. It was difficult when it came to the idea of setting up the program. Sometimes it went in and out, or it would randomly delay before starting. After, the process would go pretty smoothly unless the camera starts glitching. The only true issues I have is the point that it needs to be promoted more. There’s not enough viewers on life stream, needs to be promoted on the Urban Word page before the workshop begins.”

Khadjiah KiKi Johnson

“As a Youth Board member, one of my responsibilities over the year was to run the live stream portion of our workshops. This was extremely enjoyable and I was glad that our media specialist switched to a program called Wirecast. I wasn’t very fond of using UStream for the delays and commercials. This experience has taught me useful technological skills as well as camera control. I personally thought it was revolutionary to share our workshops at Urban Word NYC across the Internet in order to reach a greater audience. Technology keeps our society stay interactive and this helps the youth experience our workshops if they unfortunately are unable to come to our Urban Word office.”

Andrea Zamparini



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