What’s a vlog?
A vlog is a short video expressing personal thoughts, feelings and opinions shot directly to a camera. It’s a great medium for getting young people’s voices heard.

Why should young people vlog?
Vlogging is an easy, accessible way of getting young voices into the public. It’s an amazing campaigning tool that will empower young people to share their opinions about issues they feel strongly about.

I want to carry on developing my skills and enhancing YouTube channel – where can I go for further support?

If you are passionate about content creation, then sign up to YouTube’s Creator Academy courses The Creator Academy can help you to make great videos, grow your channel, earn revenue and get closer to your community with free online courses and lessons.




How can I get involved?

If you are aged between 16-25, living in London or Essex and wanting to get involved - the first step is to sign up to and attend a free vlogging workshop.  


Media Trust hosts monthly open workshops, which are free to attend. To find out the latest dates and to book your space, please see our events listings.


Alternatively, you can contact your school, college, youth organisation, or club to see if they're interested in hosting a workshop for you and your friends.  They can register to host a workshop here.


Are there any costs involved in joining the Vlogstar Challenge?

The training is FREE as the programme is funded by the Jack Petchey Foundation. All we need is the organisation interested in the programme to provide a suitable space for training.


Do young people have to take part in the training to submit a vlog into the competition?

Yes, young people are required to attend the training to submit a vlog.

Is there a prize?

Yes, there is! The winner will receive £2,000 for their chosen non-profit organisation, £500 worth of production equipment, mentoring from YouTube’s experts, and work experience with Media Trust's corporate partners.


How do I organise a workshop for my young people?

This training is for young people across London and Essex. If you work with 16-25-year-olds and want to get involved, sign up using our online application form and we will be in touch to book a workshop with you. It is the organisation’s task to recruit the young people they work with for their workshop (the more young people you have come along to the workshop, the greater the chance of winning!).





How many young people should take part in the training?

In order for the training to take place, there is a minimum requirement of 25 people per workshop.


What do I need to bring to the workshop?

Along with plenty of energy and imagination, you just need to bring a fully charged smartphone with enough memory to shoot approx. ten minutes of footage and a phone charger.

How long will a workshop last?

The workshop takes place over the course of one day. It typically starts at 09.30am and will run until approx. 15:30pm. There will be time built into the day for breaks and lunch. Timings will vary depending on who is hosting the workshop but you will be notified of details prior to the date.


What happens on the day?

On the day, you will learn how to shoot, edit, and produce compelling video content, as well as how to share their content safely across YouTube. You will also be given advice on how to structure your story and present with confidence on camera.


Overall, the workshop is intended to be relaxed and fun. The day is very interactive, which means you will have lots of opportunities to practice the skills you learn and receive direct feedback from the trainer and your peers.


How do I enter the competition?

Once you have attended a workshop, entering the competition is simple. You just need to produce a one-minute video on a social topic or news story that you are passionate about, upload it to YouTube, and send the link to us. 


You will make a number of vlogs during the workshop, which you can enter into the competition. However, you have two weeks after the workshop to submit your competition-entry vlog. This means you have the opportunity to take all the skills you have learned, refine them, and produce the best vlog you can!

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