THE ASSIGNMENT FOR STUDENT JOURNALISTS
● Find and tell the story of at least one teenager, or more!, who is making a difference during the global COVID-19 pandemic on a platform where you can count views.
● Your story should make clear whether the source is direct (someone you know and can easily interview) or indirect (something you saw from afar online).
● In any case, be sure to get in touch with the source and get at least one verification and quote.
● An editor in your organization needs to check your story before it goes live.
FOR EDITORS & AND PROJECT LIAISON
- You assign one English speaker to be the liaison with Global Youth and News Media and with the other news outlets.
- Your news team should make all the stories available in one place so the Project can link to them. Entities that are not in English would do at least one story in English that gathers some of the examples.
- Be sure to use the logo in your content and, somewhere, point out the genesis of the project. We will give you some basic verbiage for that.
- You have no deadline for completing stories. Just let us know when you have started to make content available so we can make a link live and alert the other partners who might to cite that content. Then when you have a variety of content and some first analytics and general impressions to share, let Dr. Aralynn Abare McMane (firstname.lastname@example.org) know as she'll be writing a first international report and updates. The project is organized by Dr. Aralynn Abare McMane, director of Global Youth & News Media.
- Meanwhile, try to persuade the media for adults in your area to talk about the story as well. It is a newsworthy event. Also, they probably owe you after all for, most certainly been party to having emphasized those pieces about "irresponsible" youth frolicking on the beach and blithely spreading the virus, thus cementing the usual stereotype. That is a goal, of course: to counter that unfair stereotype.
The World Teenage Reporting Project - COVID 19 is a global collaboration to produce stories by teenage reporters from newsrooms around the world about what their cohorts are doing to help during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In part, the aim is to combat what seems to be the prevailing images of teenagers these days as careless beach frolickers who bring the virus home or as couch-sitters who just whine about their boredom.
DOES YOUR YOUTH NEWSROOM WANT TO JOIN THE PROJECT AND HELP SHOW WHAT'S REALLY HAPPENING?
TIME FRAME: APRIL 2020 until we do not need to be doing it anymore.