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The third edition of the World Teenage Reporting Project invites teenage journalists to profile their peers — or adults and children they deem worthy — who are climate champions having some success in the quest to save the planet.

Organized the Global Youth & News Media, the project launched on Earth Day 22 April 2021 with submissions possible through the start of the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26  in November.   We started showcasing the first stories on 5 June, World Environment Day  .

 

Deadline for the second showcase is: 15 SEPTEMBER.

 

Scroll down to find the assignment details in English.

The first edition of the project, in early 2020, focused on the untold stories of teenagers who were making a difference during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The second edition invited profiles

of teens or worthy adults who were

inspiring as champions of tolerance

 

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Part of the goal of the World Teenage Reporting Project is to correct the prevailing image of teenagers worldwide as a problem of some kind. For all installments, the nonprofit educational news service News Decoder has acted as our main media partner.

THE ASSIGNMENT

Teenage journalists working for any kind of news entity profiled teenagers, or worthy adults who teenagers would admire, who have had success in work that takes us closer to saving the planet.

 

Profiles can be in any format (podcast, video, written) and should take a solutions journalism approach. That means an emphasis on a response to the problem that is helping to solve it.

While reporters will generally focus on others for interviews and a resulting profile, in rare cases, exceptional testimonials about a reporter's own activity will be considered.

 

Stories completed anytime since 1 January 2020 are eligible. If a podcast or video is not in English, a translation or subtitles should be made accessible online.

THE DETAILS

 

1. Determine with your editor or advisor who you want to profile and REGISTER  HERE to get details about how to submit your story.

2. When you finish your profile, your editor or advisor just needs to submit the story link, summary and an illustration or photograph.

 

Again, the submission should include:

-- A link to the profile

-- A photograph of the person profiled, ideally in action

-- A short written summary (in English) with a headline in any style you like and a sentence or two that summarizes what the person has done.

WHAT KINDS OF STORIES?

 

FORMAT - The profiles themselves can be any kind of journalism: print, video, podcast, etc.

 

LANGUAGE - Profiles can be in any language. However videos not in English will need subtitles in English and podcasts will need a transcript or detailed summary in English.

APPROACH - Remember, these profiles take a solutions journalism approach, how the problem is being solved, in even a small way.

TIME FRAME - Profiles produced in 2020 are also eligible for this challenge. DEADLINE -  for the next showcase is 15 September. That first showcase will be published on 5 June, World Environment Day.

THEN WHAT - Selected stories will be showcased by Global Youth & News Media in three stages until the United Nations Climate Change Conference  COP26 meeting in November and also promoted elsewhere with accepted authors receiving certificates as having participated in this international reporting initiative.

SOME HELP FOR WRITING PROFILES

Eight tips for writing profiles (Joel Foster)

DOWNLOAD - A basic guide to the journalistic interview  (Roxana Morduchowicz)

QUESTIONS?
Contact Dr. Aralynn McMane, director, at info [at] youthandnewsmedia.net