We aim to reinforce the linkages among news media, educators and the young through recognition, action and resources in ways that reinforce democracy.
Founded in 2018, we are a fully volunteer organization with nonprofit status in France and the United States
WHAT WE've BEEN DOING LATELY
children GET A NEW OPTION
FOR WISHING UKRAINIANS WELL
Children worldwide can now create more elaborate #KidsDrawPeace4Ukraine messages of peace and hope using a new base format for their drawings: a storyboard.
The example at right is from Ewa Wawoczny’s class of 9- and 10-year-olds at SP1 primary school in Racibórz, Poland – which is one-third Ukrainian refugee children. Along with students from the SP 13 primary school, her class drew and posted several dozen messages in an effort organized locally by the Nowiny news group. Students also continued to use the other three borders donated by artists.
"My students, both from Poland and Ukraine, have the right to make their dreams come true and have a good future, Ms. Waworczny said. "That is why we took part in the #Kidsdrawpeaceforukraine project so that they could express their opinion, demonstrate how much they want peace and show the devastation war is doing. And here they did a great job - they showed that they are the rebels of tomorrow and that it is worth fighting for peace."
You can still join the project! Instructions are in English, Deutsch, Eesti, Español, Français, Italia, Nederlands, Polski, Português, Українською, Русском
... and scroll down a bit for more project background.
A GLOBAL ART PROJECT
FOR CHILDREN SHAKEN
BY UKRAINE INVASION
Inspired by a project by Kleine Kinderzeitung of Austria, editors from eight other countries are inviting children to submit art that wishes peace and love for the hundreds of thousands of children in Ukraine.
And for News-O-Matic (USA), this is business as usual, as editor Russ Kahn reports.
Now, people in countries where Ukrainian children have found a safe haven can help them join the project and create a keepsake.
HOW TO HELP REFUGEE CHILDREN JOIN Click here to access instructions in Deutsch, Eesti, English, Español, Français, Italia, Nederlands, Polski, Português, Українською, Русском.
A SHORT VIDEO OVERVIEW OF GLOBAL ART [00:01:00]
THE PROJECT DETAILS
Helping with the scary news
Global Youth & News Media director Aralynn McMane explores how editors around the world are helping children understand and cope with the news as Russia invades Ukraine in this piece for News Decoder, the nonprofit educational news service.
ART: News-O-Matic (USA)/by reader Derrin
We are proud to be a supporter of World News Day and think it's the perfect time to introduce the latest CLIMATE CHAMPIONS chosen and profiled by the teenage journalists of India’s The Global Times (Amity International School) and YOCee.in, a Chennai-based newsroom for young people. Next deadline 30 January 2022 DETAILS
We'll be working with anglophone teenagers from Southwest France who want to learn how to do a journalistic interview in English in the format that works best.
OUR OVERALL ACTION AREAS
The Global Youth & News Media Prize, founded in 2018, honors organizations that innovate as they strengthen engagement between news media and young people while reinforcing the role of journalism in society. In short, they celebrate news media that serve, support and both attract and learn from young audiences.
Awards in several categories were presented in the first three editions.
To reinforce teaching about what UNESCO terms Media and Information Literacy we are curating and constantly updating sets of background, briefings and lesson plans for explaining why journalism is a good thing for a society to have and what threats the people who do that job too often face.
Our World Teenage Reporting Project aims to further news media work that serves, supports and both attracts and learns from young audiences by amplifying the work of teenage journalists in covering the champions among that generation..
The latest edition, Who is Saving the Planet?, features profiles of teenagers (and others who teenagers deem worthy) who are champions in the fight to save the planet. It was launched on World Environment Day and will continue until into 2022.
The first World Teenage Reporting Project > COVID-19 saw teenage journalists in 19 countries around the world produce more than 60 stories about how their peers were helping during the chaotic and terrifying early months pandemic.
The second edition was The Tolerance Profile Challenge, launched on the United Nations International Day for Tolerance in November 2020 and spanning Human Rights Month in December. It featured profiles of champions in the quest to get along with stories showcased on the International Day of Education. It will continue into 2022.
Our main media partner is News Decoder, a global educational news service for young people. Founder Nelson Graves noted, "This activity fits our mission perfectly by helping news media amplify teenage voices about the positive role youth can play in a major, global phenomenon."
SOME RECENT AWARDS
12 newsrooms won The Journalism Award category for their 2020-2021 coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic for children.
Five organizations received gold level awards, with another seven receiving silver level awards.
The designation constituted the year's News/Media Literacy Award category and honors excellence in assuring students understand the need for journalism and the dangers to those who practice it.
Founders Alejandro Valdez, director, and Jazmin Acuña, editor, (pictured at left) accepted the award at the Eurasian Media Forum, the partner for this award.
Also honored were Dainik Jagran of India and the Young Reporters for the Environment, based in Denmark.
PHOTO: EAMF.ORG COMMITTEE
THE INAUGURAL AWARD
The Guardian US and the Eagle Eye student newsmagazine of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (Parkland, USA) were the first Global Youth & News Media Prize laureates, receiving an honorary award for their joint live coverage in March 2018 of the March for Our Lives demonstration in Washington D.C. to promote gun control.
The citation read: “The Guardian and the student journalism staff of The Eagle Eye at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School worked jointly to keep young voices front and center in the live coverage of the March for Our Lives demonstration for The Guardian US by the student journalists of The Eagle Eye. This initiative provides a stunning example of a student takeover of a trusted news source that offers solid lessons for other newsrooms to dare to do something similar.”
The honorary award marked the launch of the global prize and was presented 14 November 2018 at NewsXchange, the European Broadcasting Union's premier conference that attracts top news executives from all over the world. It was held in Edinburgh and hosted by BBC News and BBC Scotland.
The Student View of the United Kingdom received the top honour in 2019 News/Media Literacy Award category.
Other laureates were the Top Story journalism student investigative reporting reality show (Kenya), the News Literacy Project's virtual Checkology classroom (USA) and the Troll Factory simulation from Finland's public broadcaster, YLE. The awards were presented in Paris at NewsXchange.
The "Since Parkland" project in the United States received the 2019 Journalism Award category.
Other laureates were The Children's Radio Foundation (South Africa), Quds News Network (Palestine) and News Network from the Danish Broadcasting Corp (Denmark.) The awards were presented in Paris at NewsXchange.
News-Decoder, the initiative of the French-based non-profit Nouvelles Decouvertes that provides secondary and university students with a news service and the opportunity for borderless, face-to-face discussions about important matters of the day.
The Google News Initiative, which works with the news industry to help journalism thrive in the digital age.
The European Journalism Centre, an international non-profit headquartered in The Netherlands that connects journalists with new ideas, skills and people
More Partners & SUPPORTERS
Council of Europe North-South Centre promotes an active global citizenship among governments, parliaments, local & regional authorities and civil society by raising awareness of global interdependence through intercultural dialogue and global education.
The Eurasian Media Foundation, based in Kazakhstan, has aimed to create open dialogue and support the development of the media since 2002, notably through its annual Forum.
News Xchange, organized by the European Broadcasting Union, is the premier annual conference for broadcast journalism.
World News Day (28 September) focuses on a global campaign to display support for journalists and their audiences, who use facts and understanding to help make the world a better place. In 2021, the campaign concentrated on climate change.
Global Media and Information Literacy Week and World Press Freedom Day represent two UNESCO initiatives that align particularly well with our objectives, and we are delighted to actively support them with both publicity and participation. We have also done actions in support of the International Day for Tolerance, Human Rights Month and the International Day of Education.
Schurz Communications, WAN-IFRA Press Freedom and IAPA/SIP (Interamerican Press Association/Sociedad Interamericana de Prensa) joined us in 2021 to launch the Scott C. Schurz Press Freedom Teacher Award, a part of the News/Media Literacy category of the Global Youth & News Media Prize.
Finally, an array of generous people who prefer to remain anonymous have helped us both financially and morally when we have needed it most.
You know who you are.