Confidence-building media club for Wigan youngsters has reached 1,000 children since launch

Wigan-based Media Cubs has reached 1,000 children since launching in 2019.

By Holly Pritchard
Thursday, 12th May 2022, 12:30 pm

The pop-up TV studio and newsroom club for children, has delivered after-school clubs, holiday camps and virtual clubs across the region.

Set up by media social enterprise Yellow Jigsaw, the club aims to support children to broadcast their confidence while learning how to create, debate and navigate news.

Media Cubs has since expanded to cover six Greater Manchester boroughs and has partnered ouncils, community football trusts, GM Combined Authority plus libraries, youth clubs and primary schools.

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Photo caption: Media Cubs team with co-founder Kirsty Day (centre)

"Mini-reporters" take on real reporting challenges, including holding a press conference with GM Mayor Andy Burnham, interviewing sports stars, scientists and senior police. And their work has featured on ITV Granada News, The Guardian and the Happy Newspaper.

The milestone came as the club secured social investment to expand further.

Yellow Jigsaw CIC has been awarded £21,600 from the access to growth fund, part of GM Social investment, delivered by GM Centre for Voluntary Organisation.

Media Cubs project lead Kirsty Day said: "To have reached 1,000 reporters is a dream come true for me. The club was inspired by my son Jack, who struggled to find a club that matched his interests in media and creativity. To know he inspired an idea that has reached so many children, and is set to reach many more thanks to our recent investment, is fantastic."