What we do

Global Youth & News Media, founded in 2018, aims to strengthen the linkages between young people and news media through three kinds of actions: honoring news media that truly serve the young, promoting media literacy through a journalistic prism and amplifying the journalism of young people.  We work to reinforce such engagement between news media and young people under age 24 while emphasizing the crucial role of journalism in society. We seek to help youth become empowered to use news media and journalism as tools to help safeguard and advance their society, democracies and planet.


In an era when questionable journalism and falsehoods regularly assault the public, the act of rewarding and reinforcing good news media practice, amplifying journalistic youth voices and offering lessons about the worth of journalism itself can offer both hope for the public and emulation by other news outlets. Such approaches are especially crucial when they involve these very young audiences who are forming their opinions about what to believe, whom to trust and what kind of citizens they will become.



The Global Youth & News Media Prize, begun in 2018, honors organizations that innovate as they strengthen engagement between news media and the young while reinforcing the role of journalism in society. In short, we celebrate and encourage news media work that serves, supports and both attracts and learns from young audiences. The 2021 edition features the Journalism Award: Pandemic News for Children Award and The Planet Award, for reporting or initiatives that effectively provide young audiences with information and hope for saving the planet.



Starting in 2020, we began international projects to help advance youth engagement with news. Our first action featured two inaugural editions of the  World  Teenage Reporting Project, which encouraged selected news media (both adult- and student-run) around the world to assign their teenage journalists to cover the untold stories of their counterparts who were helping during the COVID-19 pandemic and to profile champions of tolerance. The 2021 edition -- Who is Saving the Planet? -- has a focus on climate champions leading up to the 26th UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow.



We curate and put into context transferable intelligence from around the world about smart ways news media are engaging youth. Our resources to help teachers with key elements of news/media literacy offer our own materials as well as a ruthlessly curated collection of the best of what organizations all over the world can provide. The first of those collections focuses on threats to journalists. Our first report, the New News for Kids, will be part of the World Editors Forum’s 2021 Trends in Newsrooms.


Global Youth & News Media is registered in Bayonne, France, as a not-for-profit French association (law of 1901) RNA W641012798 - SIREN 902854553. It is a member of the Anne Lindh Foundation Network, which aims to build more inclusive, empathetic and resilient societies and of HundrED, which aims to help improve education through impactful innovations. Through its American friends fund, donations can benefit from 501(c)(3) public charity tax treatment.


Siege sociale: 39 rue Pannecau #12, 64100 Bayonne France.

CONTACT: info@youthandnewsmedia.net

THE BOARD (Conseil d'Administration)

ARALYNN MCMANE (president/director)

Aralynn McMane is an educator, journalist and longtime advocate of purposeful linkages between news media and young people. After a career in newspaper journalism and journalism education, she served as director of media development then executive director for news literacy and youth engagement at WAN-IFRA. With Jo Weir, she co-founded the Global Youth & News Media Prize in 2018. She is co-author of News Literacy and News Publishers, a 7-part report and database, and a frequent speaker on news/media literacy issues. She is a permanent resident of France and holds U.S. citizienship.



Wendy Tribaldos  is a journalist, educator and museum studies specialist. She is co-author of News Literacy and News Publishers, a 7-part report and database, and a prize-winning practitioner of youth engagement strategies for news media. While at La Prensa in Panama, she developed several award-winning initiatives, including highly effective and enjoyable introductions to news for children. She holds Panamanian citizenship. 



As former IT & innovation director at The International New York Times, Kristen Davis has years of practical experience using technology to advance businesses and protect organizations around the world.  In 2016 she founded CinqC.co, where her work spans the technology ecosystem, from multinational organizations and innovation labs to start-ups, using technology to help enterprises and societies evolve. Based in Paris, she regularly works in Estonia, one of the most digitally advanced nations in the world, where she is an advisor to Sentinel.ai, specialists in detecting deepfakes to protect media and democracy. She is also chairwoman of the U.S. board of Apopo, a global nonprofit using scent detection animal technology to detect landmines and tuberculosis to save lives. She holds British and French citizenship. OK



Raymonde Griswold has spent her career doing journalism and helping journalists perfect their craft. She has been a reporter in the United States, France and throughout the Middle East. She spent 12 years managing both national and international continuing education programs at France’s premier journalism school, le Centre de Formation et de Perfectionnement des Journaliste before becoming director of the European Journalism Centre (2001 to 2005), which produced seminal media literacy studies in the Medici project during her tenure. OK



Josh LaPorte is senior advisor at Project Syndicate, an international nonprofit media organization that publishes and syndicates commentary and analysis on a variety of global topics. Previously, he led media development at the European Journalism Centre, directing programs across Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America that used an advocacy-strengthening approach focused on youth media literacy, journalist safety, diversity/accountability reporting and access to independent information. A permanent resident of Belgium, he holds United States citizenship



Alexandra Iselin Waldhorn is a communications officer at UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning in Paris France. She has been a  journalist for Radio France International and for ABC News Radio and directed Children's PressLine, a news content service by youth reporters for customers such as New York Daily News and PBS NewsHour.  She has also worked in WAN-IFRA's press freedom and young reader divisions. She holds Norwegian and United States citizenship.



DARA ROSEN (USA)  is a former chief editor at The Eagle Eye, the newsmagazine of Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida, which was the co-recipient of the first, honorary Global Youth & News Media Prize in 2018. The other co-recipient was The Guardian US. She is now a journalism student at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida. She is serving on the jury for the 2021 Global Youth & News Media Prizes and creating Perspectives profiles of previous prize laureates.


SANJA HUNYADI (SLOVENIA) has been interested in youth and media since 1994 when she worked as a coordinator for the IFJ/WAN Coordinating Centre for Independent Media in the Balkan Region where she developed, implemented and manage regional media projects that significantly influenced the present independent media landscape in the SEE region. Later she continued to work as a project manager for the Baltic Media Center in Denmark, multimedia editor at SloveniaOnLine - SiOL Telekom and as an journalist and editor at MMC, a multimedia center of RTV Slovenija. Now she is a consultant for digital media, digital marketing and design thinking and the owner of HASH.SI, a media and information technology consultancy.  

JOSEPHA MILLER (USA) became interested in youth-news media relations when she worked in Paris with a previous worldwide prize for newspaper publishers that created news in education and other programs for children, teenagers and the youngest adults. She is now managing director at Montague DeRose and Associates, San Francisco, California, and Richmond, Virginia.



Our origins

Aralynn Abare McMane, a youth engagement and media literacy expert, and Jo Weir, a media development expert, founded the Global Youth & News Media Prize o fill a gap they saw in bringing international recognition to news organizations that took young people seriously and then also took action that was both effective and innovative. They invited News-Decoder, part of the French non-profit Nouvelles Découvertes where they sit on the board, to become the first supporter. “This award fits our mission perfectly,” said Nelson Graves, founder of Nouvelles Découvertes, the nonprofit that runs News-Decoder.  The European Journalism Centre soon came on board to help get things started, along with the The Google News Initiative. The European Broadcasting Union's News Xchange and The Eurasian Media Forum made possible the presenting of early awards at their events.  Aralynn McMane now directs all Global Youth & News Media activities. Jo Weir has since become Senior Consultant at An-Fanar Media.