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RELAYS at Watershed – The Last Post, and one Last Movie

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

In 2008 the Olympic Games seemed a distant concept and not obviously related to Watershed’s usual programme of activity, but it presented intriguing possibilities so we joined up with the RELAYS project.

Thus began a journey that took us to all sorts of new places, led us to meet and work with new partners, brought in different audiences, got us trying out innovative projects with young people and on this four year route engaged thousands of people with a wide range of activity – from film screenings and talks to citizen journalists reporting on sporting and cultural events.

During the RELAYS project 8 short films have been made by young people – some of the Short Cuts films going on to win awards and be included in International Festival screenings – young citizen journalists have covered, amongst other things, Olympic sailing, the People’s Republic of Stoke’s Croft and Bristol’s Mayoral election in eight different projects over the last 22 months, and we’ve run over 20 Media Literacy workshops at Watershed for year 9 and 10 students. Through all these activities we’ve worked with over 800 young people since the project began.

There were also some experimental projects and events such as Robot Relays and Igfest which used various forms of pervasive media, outdoor locations and street games to stealthily encourage physical activity with children, young people and families. New technical skills were also acquired by staff who, for example, rose to the challenges of live blogging with smart-phones.

In terms of audiences we’ve  welcomed almost 8,000 people through our doors to screenings, talks and events and thousands more online – the Weymouth Media Camp citizen journalist blog alone received over 6,000 views in only 6 weeks.

The RELAYS at Watershed project has now come to an end – it’s one of the longest Watershed has undertaken and we feel it’s been a really worthwhile journey. This website will stay online although no further content will be added after this final post – but we’ve produced the film above to give an overview of just some of the extensive range of work we’ve done on the RELAYS at Watershed project.

Although this is farewell from the RELAYS team at Watershed, we are continuing with our successful strand of work on citizen journalism so please visit the new blog documenting the progress of our forthcoming projects at News from Elsewhere.

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Bristol Mayor Watch culminates in live broadcast

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

The Bristol Mayor Watch citizen journalism project came to a triumphant end on 27 November with the participants presenting  a live radio programme at Ujima Radio and interviewing some of the mayoral candidates, their supporters and political commentators. The programme can be heard on Ujima’s Citizen Journalism page and more detail about the event is on the Watershed Citizen Journalism blog.

This quote from the show about the citizen journalism workshop by Ricardo, one of our participants is just the sort of thing we like to hear! He represents SH&NK (Street Harmony & No Knives – a Bristol based anti-knife project for young people:

“Its given me skills in terms of … media coverage for the youth of Bristol… getting involved is one of the greatest things I’ve been ever been into, it’s been fantastic so far. The campaign’s been excellent and I’m glad to be a part of it.”

There’s another post on the Watershed Citizen Journalism Blog reflecting on this project and now that the RELAYS project is coming to an end, some thoughts about where we’ll go next with  ‘News from Elsewhere’ – the citizen journalism strand at Watershed.


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On the trail of the Bristol Mayoral election

Friday, November 9th, 2012


We’ve now completed five of the seven planned sessions with our current citizen journalism project ‘News from Elsewhere’ which aims to cover Bristol’s Mayoral Election from a number of perspective. The project is running in conjunction with Ujima Radio and with support from the University of Bristol – both organisations that we’ve visited with the team to learn about making a radio programme and discover some background to the new role of the elected Mayor in the City.


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‘News from Elsewhere’ – Citizen Journalism and Bristol’s first Mayoral Election

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012




We’re pleased to announce that we’ve been awarded some funding by Bristol University to run ‘News from Elsewhere’ – a citizen journalism project to cover the forthcoming Mayoral election. We’re working with long-term RELAYS /Watershed associate, David Goldblatt, but also teaming up with Ujima Radio which will add another dimension to the reporting process. So in addition to using smartphones for posting content to a blog as we’ve done in previous projects, the participants will also be contributing to Ujima’s live outside broadcast on the election process on 8th November. The participants, 18 – 25 year olds who are being recruited through Ujima, will be introduced to the idea of citizen journalism, receive training in the use of the smartphones (that we provide), blogging, and radio production and learn about the effective use of social media in this context. (more…)

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FIlm Journalism – with Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival

Thursday, September 20th, 2012


RELAYS at Watershed has teamed up with our friends at Encounters to run a Film Journalism Workshop over the Festival with a group of nine young people at various stages of their training or careers in the film industry. They’ve called their blog Inside Encounters and aim to cover as many aspects of the Festival as they can through video diaries, interviews, reviews, reports and photographs.

The photo above shows the Film Journalist team plus guest speakers at our first session, Zoltan and Zsuzsanna from Daazo (a webiste and magazine for ‘sharing and celebrating short films in high quality’), and Rachel Segal Hamilton from Ideas Tap who helped with promoting and recruiting for the workshop. Head over to our Citizen Journalism blog for more details about the project.

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The Weymouth Media Camp – being part of the Olympics

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Zain and Will interview Brazilians dance group

It’s over two weeks since the Bristol citizen journalism crew left Weymouth but their blog is still being added to (see below) and right now it’s been viewed 5555 times! Eleven young people have provided some great perspectives on Weymouth’s temporary Olympic life (being continued until the end of the Paralympics) with observations and reviews on cultural events  and interviews with visitors, residents and businesses, and even a rival Olympic Sailing team from Denmark! (more…)

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A Hansel of Film

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012


Films for our projectionists at Watershed usually turn up in the post or by carrier, but last night saw a more unconventional arrival as a gang of teddy bears from Wotton-under-Edge handed over the material for the final screening in our season of RELAYS films, talks and events. They were accompanied by the Hansel of Film team from Shetland Arts, which included a long-term friend of Watershed’s, Mark Kermode. (more…)

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Update on Visual Guide to the Olympics talk

Sunday, July 29th, 2012


Please visit D Shed to see a recording of this fascinating talk.

While the Olympic Games continue (and you still don’t know the difference between all those cycling races!)  don’t forget you can still buy the essential guide to The Games – David Goldblatt’s ‘How to Watch the Olympics’ – from Watershed’s Box Office!

You might also be interested to take part in Mike O’Mahony’s project ‘My Games: The View From the South West’ by contributing photographs of your personal experience of the Olympics here in the southwest.

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Citizen Journalism: Weymouth 2012

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

Between 28th and 30th July 2012 a group of students from colleges and universities across the south west will be reporting live on the London 2012 Olympic Sailing and Cultural activities from Weymouth Beach through RELAYS at Watershed’s Citizen Journalism Project.

Follow their reports at

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La Yuma – and special guests!

Saturday, July 21st, 2012


On 19th July we were delighted to welcome to Watershed the acting Ambassador for Nicaragua in the UK, Giselle Morales who came to introduce La Yuma – the first film made in Nicaragua for 20 years. Ms Morales explained how important the development of the film industry is to Nicaragua, while bringing different representations of women to the screen in Latin America is also essential – La Yuma is the story of a young woman who struggles against poverty and stereotyping to excel in the male-dominated world of boxing. (more…)

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