Arts Award Gold Qualification Specification:
- ◗ evidence of research into opportunities to participate in the arts
- ◗ a description of what they did on their placement/volunteering/training/workshops
- ◗ reflection on how their experiences have supported their learning and arts development
- ◗ comments about their participation from the practitioners leading the placement/ volunteering/training/workshops
Placement with Peter and Melanie at the Mechanic’s Institute Review
Details of the practitioner and what you hope to learn from them
I completed a six week placement at The Mechanics Institute Review Online, a website for Creative Writing run out of Birkbeck University. Most of the volunteers at MIR work from home so a lot of the work I did was via email. However I did go on a visit to Birkbeck to meet the managing editors of the magazine. During my placemement, myself and one other student organised a Youth Takeover Month. We ran a competition, selected entries, and published the winning stories online.
4/6/19 – Introduction and tour of the website (1 hour)
6/6/19 (2 hours) – Bing given editor WordPress accounts for MIR and learning how to edit a webpage on a professional site.
11/6/19 (1 hour) – Working on practice web pages
18/6/19 (1 hour) – Brainstorming ideas for a Youth takeover month at MIR
20/6/19 (2 hours) – Planning the call for submissions and design for the competition. Publishing these on the site. Learning how to use Trello, a project management software to organise a competition.
25/6/19 (1 hour) – Learning about social media marketing and how to get submissions
27/6/19 (2 hours) – Learning how to manage submissions using excel
2/7/19 (1 hour) – Emailing famous authors and MIR contacts and asking for them to write articles for the youth takeover (author engagement)
4/7/19 (2 hours) – Reading submissions
9/7/19 (1 hour) – Selecting winning submissions
11/7/19 (2 hours) – Scheduling posts to come out in September for the Youth Takeover month.
Friday 12 July 2019 – Trip to Birkbeck to meet managing editor, Peter Coles and attend a copy editing training session
16/7/19 (1 hour) – Copy editing
18/7/19 (2 hours) – Copy editing and finalising the project. Sending thank you emails.
Details of the project
During the placement I learnt: