I definitely agree that the learning of new skills can be extremely empowering for people - particularly among those who may not have excelled at conventional education as a child. When they realise for the first time that they do have the skills to create something of value that makes a difference to their community that's extremely empowering.
In saying that though, perhaps the outcome of a digital media project (i.e. a film or a web-article) is just as important as the process, because that is what the individual can take ownership of and feel a sense of pride over. It gives people the sense of "wow - I did that".
Maybe it depends on the type of media and what we mean by outcome - what do you think?