Media & communication

Are you a budding journalist, or always fancied trying your hand at film making? This is your chance!

The possibilities are endless and you should find a person, people or group local to you that could help. You should develop a programme which is interesting, relevant to you and will teach you new skills. Along the way you’ll have fun, make friends, learn new skills – or even share your own skills with others!

Here are just a few ideas of the sort of things you could do to get you started:

Film making

  • Create an idea for a short film / animation, which includes a script and storyboard
  • Learn about the principles of lighting, sound, recording and appropriate camera work
  • Produce a series of films to promote the DofE, and post them online
  • Learn how to edit film or video, including adding titles and music

Newsletter & magazine production

  • Blog a weekly comparison of how different newspapers cover the same story
  • Design and produce a newsletter for your DofE group and circulate it to parents
  • Become a photo journalist by recording local and school events and post them on Flickr
  • Contribute to a weekly teen column in your local paper


  • Take a summer course in journalism
  • Write an article / column for your local paper or a magazine
  • Attend and report on local events
  • Conduct some interviews and write about them

Remember, these are just a few ideas. Chat to your Leader, family, friends and people who’ve already achieved an Award to see what they’ve done and what opportunities are available in your local area.

Don’t forget to check with your Leader that what you choose to do meets the DofE’s requirements for this section and your level.

Skills categories

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