What an amazing summer we had working on our Media Cubs project!

The pop-up TV studio and newsroom turned hundreds of children and young people into mini reporters across Greater Manchester in August.

And now the impact stats are in!

Mini reporters developed a range of media and communication skills while also growing in confidence: through reporting, interviewing and filming challenges.

308 mini reporters completed our impact survey and they told us they feel more confident (91%) after attending a Media Cubs session, they learned something new (97%) and felt like their views and opinions are important (87%).

Check out the impact here:

The sessions have been delivered in partnership with Wigan Council, Trafford Council, and Salford Council – as well as providing free sessions at Manchester libraries thanks to funding from National Lottery Community Fund.

Kirsty Day, Media Cubs project leader, said: “It is fantastic to see the results of our impact survey. The outcomes that have been achieved are music to my ears as it is what is most important to the Media Cubs team. And after the past year and a half through the pandemic of not being able to deliver in-person sessions and where children have not been heard – it was great to be back in the real-life pop-up TV studio and newsrooms across Greater Manchester, working with hundreds of new mini reporters and giving them a voice again.

“It was fantastic to see each individual grow in confidence each week, find new skills and talents they didn’t know they had, and meet new friends! We have had a blast and can’t wait to do it again in school holidays, as well as getting back into after-school clubs while also keeping our virtual sessions going and building even more partnerships across Greater Manchester.”

Take a sneaky peek behind the scenes of a Media Cubs pop up TV studio and newsroom session here:
(Recorded at Longsight Library)

We plan to build on the partnerships developed this summer to deliver more clubs across the region. If you’re interested in working with us, contact team@mediacubs.co.uk