Not long before July 2015, I created the Lights, Camera, Caption! campaign and workshop.
Lights, Camera, Caption! was created to help spread awareness about the importance of closed captioning on YouTube (and the rest of the Internet). In the name of this campaign, I made videos about what closed captioning is and how to do it, sent emails and letters to various YouTubers asking them to caption their videos, and hosted workshops and talks about the subject.
I have taken Lights, Camera, Caption! to VidCon two years in a row. I’ve also taken it, to some degree, to a talk I gave at Lycoming College in November 2015 as well as a ten minute segment at the CSUN Disabilities Conference with Google. This campaign has gotten many people to caption their videos.
Now, I’ll be honest. I’ve been slacking on this since VidCon 2016 came around. When I was watching the Women on YouTube panel at the mainstage arena, as well as other panels, I had plans to e-mail the YouTubers I would be interested in watching, who I knew didn’t caption their videos. Some, I had already e-mailed sometime ago, and didn't get a response, so I wanted to ask again. I planned to do these things, but I didn’t do any of them. I got sidetracked by other things that I was working on.
I do not wish to slack any longer. One of the reasons I created this website was to help me get this back on the road. Currently, I am working on a list of people to email. I am putting together supplies so I can also write letters to these creators if they have PO boxes (since YouTubers like to read their fan mail). I want to ask Google and YouTube questions. I’m hoping to get back to VidCon and other conferences and conventions that are similar.
If you would like to help out with supplies and other donations, you can view the available options here.
If you cannot support financially, you can support in other ways. I want to be able to talk about this to people and companies in person. I want to be able to host this workshop in more places. Talking to your schools is the best way to have people make a visit. Put in word to places like the YouTube Spaces and conferences. I, myself, have plans to try to work with the Spaces to see if I can make a workshop happen, just like they do their classes for people with a certain amount of subscribers. If you are interested in my work and want to know what I’ve done and what I can talk about, please see my resume here and my public speaking page here.
Before I end this, I want to make a note that there are people who have asked for tips, or an e-mail/letter template that asks YouTubers and the like how to caption their videos. I will be making a future post about this when I re-draft one up. Please stay tuned for that in the future.