VENT is a podcasting collaboration between VICE UK and Brent 2020, London Borough of culture. Across 1 year, 2 streams, and just under 100 podcasts in total, VENT sees VICE handing over the megaphone of its global platform to the local young people of a single London borough, who tell the stories they care about.
I am the Senior Producer of VENT. I have designed and I oversee the format and content of everything we make. This has been such a dream come true for me: it’s a combination of everything I love to do – work with and train young people to tell their own stories, and produce audio which says something important and sounds good.
I wanted this project to truly be a platform for young people to tell their own stories. I developed outreach and training programmes to get them involved and skilled up, then came up with new ways of co-producing to make sure the young people’s voices are at the front and centre of everything we do.
My favourite part is the audio itself. I love using sound design and music to bring words to life, and I’m really proud of how this has come out with VENT Documentaries, which I produce alongside my excellent pallaborator Arlie Adlington.
I work with an amazing production team – for some of whom it’s their first time making podcasts – so I designed and delivered production training for them too. This was successful enough that I was able to just oversee production on VENT Weekly, until the very last bits of editing and mixing, which I do.
VENT Documentaries Series One was all about Identity. Here’s a good episode to start with:
VENT Documentaries Series Two was all about LOVE. Here’s a good episode to start with:
VENT Weekly is our discussion show, my current fave episode is this:
We’ve also launched a mini series on VENT Weekly called Covid-19 Fact Checkers. You can listen here:
Miranda Sawyer wrote a review of VENT Podcasts! Here’s a fun link, and a photo is below.
We also got a write up in NME! You can read here: