This programme transformed how virtual events can deliver against educational objectives.

YouTube News

News Creator Workshops

Virtual Event, Workshop Series

We were briefed to create a learning experience that would inspire and support the next generation of independent news journalists. The target audience were beginner creators; a really diverse group in terms of their experience, digital skills, confidence, and genre of news they report on. 

Our Approach

This background informed a robust programme strategy that laid the foundations for the hugely successful six part virtual series and wider campaign. An impressive and interactive online programme of live content featured inspirational YouTube creators that shared best practice for creators to develop their channels, but the learning didn’t stop there. 

Workshops were supported by an evolving and extensive catalogue of tools and resources including a motivational film series, bonus backstage footage, weekly tasks, regular newsletters and downloadable cheat sheets created to cater to every learning style. 

The programme’s creative identity reflected the audience – designed to be playful, energetic and come alive through all touchpoints of the series with careful consideration given to accessible and inclusive design. Resources were also translated into eight languages to further serve the global, multilingual audience. 


By taking part in The YouTube News Creator Workshops, the audience honed essential skills (80%), gained confidence (82%) and felt inspired by the online News community (80%) – fuelling the motivation and drive to continue their own news creator success story.

“The original brief was ambiguous and very ambitious, and with the help of Cheerful Twentyfirst’s creativity, understanding of audience and execution grit, the end product was better than we could have imagined. 

We have since shared these videos as best practices with other internal teams who are consistently astounded by the breadth of detail and production quality of the News Creator workshops, supported by content that is engaging, exciting, and exhilarating for our creators.

My expectations have been completely exceeded and having now worked with Cheerful Twentyfirst for over a year and a half on both the 2021 and the 2022 News Creator programs, I know for certain that they are the right agency to help deliver this project with us.” 

YouTube Partnerships Strategy Operations