PV + A New Training Opportunity

We are delighted to announce a new three-day training course for anyone wanting to learn about using digital media techniques to work with groups in community or organisational settings.

The course is facilitated by experienced trainers and practitioners, Rick and Julia Goldsmith (Catcher Media Social) and Chris High (Open University) and will cover different aspects of participatory media: facilitation, technical media skills, logistics, visual research methods and good practice.


As the flyer above outlines, key areas of the course include: Participatory video-making (including sound, lighting and camera skills), digital storytelling; facilitator icebreakers and exercises; working with iPads, mobiles and low-cost tech; film craft, visual research methods, community voice and positive social impact, post-production techniques (including editing), ethics and consent, rights and distribution.

SUITABLE FOR: The training will develop your work as a participatory practitioner, whatever your level of experience. We’ll provide you with a map of the many different skills a participatory media practitioner needs to know about, and in the course of the training, which will have a strong element of experiential training, you will be able to work together in groups to explore the aspects of interest to you.

We will endeavour to recognise participants’ interests in the course and help them build up a personal development plan of how they might use participatory media techniques in their own work. We also offer additional training courses, post-course support including online mentoring and production resources.

Date: 9th-11th Dec 2015  Times: 9.30 am- 5.00 pm

Location: The Pavilion, Castle Green, Hereford, HR1 2NW

Price: £400 (includes lunch and refreshments)

Event capacity: 20

Interested? Want to know more? Please email or call Julia for more information catchermediasocial@icloud.com or +44 (0)1432 277424

Examples of our previous training and PV-related work include: Another Kind of Teacher, Project Cobra, Digital Film School (for The Open University),

Grace (PV trainee) wrote in her blog: “It was a certainly a tremendous three days with our two Participatory Video facilitators; Rick Goldsmith of Catcher Media Social and Chris High from the Open University. We did not only focus on the use of advanced  equipment like the camera, tripod, monopods and microphones, but further learned and did practical activities on how to conduct interviews. This was very important for us, since we are more connected and will be working with our Indigenous communities in and around the North Rupununi in Guyana.” Watch the completed the video (that formed a large part of the training).

“Every once in a while a training course comes along that stays with you as much more than the learning of techniques: it becomes part of who you are and how you work. (….) In those couple of days of a brilliantly facilitated course I learned even more about working as a cohesive group while fostering individual creativity than I did about cameras, sound and editing software.” – Kelvin Mason is a Visiting Research Associate, Geography and Planning, University of Liverpool.

“It’s not an exaggeration to say that this workshop was one of the most important (and fun) aspects of research development I have engaged with in the last ten years. I really wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone interested in using film in research, but also those interested in developing their skills in facilitating or engaging in participatory social learning approaches.” – Dr Alison Buckler, The Open University

“In 2007, I learned about participatory video from Rick and Chris. In a two-day workshop, they introduced me to a much richer, more meaningful way to use video as a tool for social change. Now, as part of my work, I facilitate visual storytelling in international development contexts applying many of the skills and principles they promote in their introductory class.” – Tamara Plush, PhD candidate, Centre for Communication and Social Change, University of Queensland, Australia

Check out: PV work with adults and PV work with young people and children

Together, we have also had input into a PV Curriculum and a new learning agenda linked to the Better PV Practice website.


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