For International Day of the Girl 2019, we focused on the theme of amplifying girls’ voices in the media. Create your own piece of media about what it’s like to be a girl where you live or something else important to the girls in your group.
First think about how you can film your vlog.
- Will you film yourself or will you get someone else you help film you?
- Where can you stand so that is light, quiet and a nice background for your video?
- When filming, we suggest you split your video up into several clips, for example – three video clips, around 20 seconds each for a one minute video.
Plan what you want to talk about.
- Aim for your vlog to be one or two minutes long.
- Start with an introduction – tell us your name, age and where you are reporting from.
- Pick some topics you want to talk about. For example:
– What is it like at the school in your area?
– What is GFS like in your area? What are your favourite things about it?
– What is your favourite thing about being a girl?
– What would you most like people to know about your experiences and how they make you feel?
- If you want to, you write some short notes to remind you what you want to talk about – but only reminders of topics, you don’t need to write all of the words in a script.
- Encourage girls to practise speaking in front of the camera first and playback their videos. This way they can see if their voice is clear enough to hear and that there isn’t too much background noise.
- Explain to the girls that it is best to stand still when talking to the camera – if they are moving, things in the background might be distracting or noisy.
- Girls should talk in their normal speaking voice and try not to speak too fast. Use short and clear sentences, and try not to mumble.
- Try to get them to look into the camera lens when they speak, instead of at other people.
The most important advice is to be creative, and most importantly be yourself! We went to hear about you and your life, not anybody else’s!
Camera or phone with a camera to film on
Writing equipment for making notes