Community Media for Change

Community Media for Change is a yearly student-led journalism and storytelling conference hosted by Inspire Citizens’ Global Youth Media. The mission of the conference centers on the power of media to spark empathy, build community, and create positive change in our challenging world. 

In collaboration with the International School of Beijing and the Innovation Project, a global student-centered collaborative project focusing on innovation and sustainability, the ISB Futures Public Radio student media team pinpointed 2018 conference efforts on the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Targets:

The conference’s featured keynote speakers were Aaron Henkin and Wendel Patrick of the acclaimed Out of the Blocks podcast, originally from Baltimore, Maryland: Out of the Blocks is a uniquely immersive listening experience that emerges from a mosaic of voices and soundscapes on the streets of Baltimore. A custom-tailored score colors and connects this tapestry of stories hidden in plain sight.  Aaron and Wendel spoke about the importance of empathy in media, while spending a week at ISB as resident media experts, activists, and innovators.

In collaboration with Global Youth Media,, Out the Blocks is expanding internationally with student journalists around the world including Beijing, Pristina, Seoul; Abuja, and Manila.

Out of the Blocks
Global Youth Edition:
Beijing and Kosovo

The second keynote was Anthony Kuhn, NPR's international correspondent based in Beijing: Anthony Kuhn has taken an interest in China's rich traditional culture and its impact on the current day. He has recorded the sonic calling cards of itinerant merchants in Beijing's back alleys, and the descendants of court musicians of the Tang Dynasty. Anthony spoke on news reporting and integrity in media.

Another distinguished conference contributor was Marcus Ryter, an award winning journalist who has worked across the whole spectrum of news and current affairs programmes for over 25 years. Starting career at the BBC, he has commissioned and executive produced films for BBC1, BBC2, BBC4 and BBC Scotland including factual, popular history documentaries and consumer documentaries.

Marcus is currently the Chief International Editor of CGTNNews Digital overseeing English language digital content of the Chinese national broadcaster. Previous to that he was the Head of Current Affairs at BBC Scotland for almost ten years and oversaw the coverage of the independence referendum.

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Why does Global Youth Media matter?

Media production can change student and community mindsets through building critical thinking, perspective, empathy, access to Sustainable Development Goals, and authentic literacy through investigative journalism. 

Below, ISB’s Futures Public Radio student journalists and Global Youth Media mentors, Steve Sostak and Aaron Moniz, share their vision for why we can and must integrate authentic journalism into all levels of schools in our complex world.

The student voices are the highlight of this presentation, illuminating 21st century, deep thinking skills and their journalism pieces that have sparked them towards citizenship, recognizing the power of storytelling, and finding a genuine willingness to actively connect to their worlds to make an impact.

CM4C Conference Workshops