Where Does Information Go?
Related human rights
Right of self-expression
This exercise will be effective only if the peer educator carefully follows the time, given for the presentation.
Work in groups of 2 people. The peer educator introduces the task: Imagine that you are working in radio/television and have your own talk show ‘Inspiring People’, featuring interesting and exceptional personalities. When choosing and introducing your guest, you need to decide, what makes this person special and, introducing the person on air, pick his/her interesting character trait, discus it at the very beginning of the introduction thus capturing the audience and showing that your guest is a truly inspiring person. Each of the participants have 5 minutes to take an interview. Use this time to find out as much information on your partner and prepare a presentation.
The presentation must begin like this (you may write it down on the board or on a large sheet of paper):
Hello, this is ‘Inspiring People’ and I’m your host Petras Petraitis. Our guest today is…
10 minutes later (5 min. x 2 of the interviewing), the peer educator informs the participant group that 5 more minutes are given to prepare the text for the talk show – the introduction of the guest cannot exceed 45 seconds. 5 minutes later, the participants take turns in using the microphone and introduce their guests.
The introduction cannot exceed 45 seconds. Should it be longer, the facilitator stops the presenter and gives the microphone to the next participant. Should it be shorter, the additional time needs to be filled.
The facilitator asks questions and everybody engages in a discussion:
● What part of preparing the introduction was hardest?
● If you needed to introduce yourself, would you do it the same way as you were introduced by the journalist?
● What information did you leave out and why?
● If the media was your only source of information about people, what information would you risk losing?
Further suggestions, additional material
If you have a radio reporter available during the preparation of the introductions, it would be useful to listen to them and assess each case – perhaps shorten some sentences, adjust the language style, shorten or expand some parts. Discuss if there are any unnecessary words, pauses that are too long or if the introduction is not catchy enough.
Other ways of using the material by peer educators
You may change the title of the show and focus on other aspects of personality, such as ‘I Choose Politics” or ‘We Are Different’.