A number of workshops are to be held in Cardiff and Caernarfon, providing people working in the Welsh media with skills to write in easy to understand, everyday Welsh – avoiding the use of complicated Welsh words and sentences.
“We believe strongly that the media has to respond positively to the evolvement of the Welsh language,” says Cyfle’s Chief Executive, Iona Williams.
Her words are echoed by course leader, Aled Glynne, who has co-developed the workshops. “Every Welsh speaker has the right to understand the language used on television, radio, the web and in newspapers and magazines,” he says. Aled is co-founder of the training and independent production company, Goriad and former Editor of BBC Radio Cymru. During his Editorship he wrote comprehensive Welsh language guidelines for the station.
‘The audience is central to everything at S4C.” says Llion Iwan, Factual Content Commissioner for S4C. “Therefore ensuring that our producers assert correct, clear and understandable language to the audience is key. That is the goal of Welsh language broadcasting, and we want to ensure that this happens throughout the commissioning process, and then through to the broadcast. These sessions are a way to share knowledge and learn new skills – for the sake of our audience.”
The workshops will take place between November and March and Aled will be joined by language specialists and prominent figures in the Welsh language media. Workshops will be aimed at presenters, reporters, producers and scriptwriters working for television, radio, the web, newspapers and magazines. The main emphasis will be on News and Current Affairs, topical and magazine programmes and output for Welsh learners and children. Another two day workshop, run by TV producer Siân Teifi, will be tailored for teams producing Welsh language animation programmes.
Here is a list of the workshops:
- Workshop 1 – Overseeing the Language – 28th of November (Cardiff)
- Workshop 2 – Scripting Items and Articles – 5th December (Cardiff)
- Workshop 3 – News and Current Affairs – 6th December (Cardiff)
- Workshop 4 – Pitching Ideas- January 15th (Caernarfon)
- Workshop 5 – Children’s Programmes – January 16th (Caernarfon)
- Workshop 6 – New Media – date and location tbc
- Workshop 7 – Learners – date and location tbc
- Workshop 8 – Dubbing Cartoons – 19th and 20th of February (Caernarfon)
- Workshop 9 – Presenting – 25th February (Cardiff)
The cost of the workshops are £50+VAT per workshop.
For further information about the project, please contact Shân Gwenfron Jones- firstname.lastname@example.org / 01286 668003
This activity is being carried out as part of Creative Skillset Cymru’s £4.5m Skills for the Digital Economy Programme. The Programme is backed with £2.7m from the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government, with the rest of the funds provided by Welsh broadcaster S4C, the trade association for independent producers in film and television in Wales, Teledwyr Annibynnol Cymru (TAC) and Creative Skillset Cymru.