THE FINAL EDITION
WHAT'S GOING ON HERE A final global set of stories by teenage reporters from around the world who are covering what they and their cohorts are doing to help during the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim in part is to combat the prevailing image these days of teenagers as careless beach frolickers who bring the virus home or as bored couch-sitters who whine.
PARTICIPANTS Major national and international news media organizations and student-run news media based in Bangladesh, Belgium, Beijing China, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Montenegro, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, The United Kingdom and the United States The main media partner for the project is News Decoder (France). Profiles are HERE
NEXT The World Teenage Reporting Project will go on hiatus for awhile, until the next time we see a need to amplify the teenage journalistic voice
CONTACT Dr. Aralynn McMane, info [at] youthandnewsmedia.net
YOUNG REPORTERS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
A nurse answers some key questions about life on the front line and what others should be doing now that restrictions are easing a bit in some places. The key: keep doing smart things to stay safe..
We are including this story in the project, though no-one is a teenager. The reporter, Lara, is 12 and her interview subject is 28. You'll understand why we made this exception after you see the video.
The video is in Portuguese with English subtitles. We've included in in two showcases to make sure you see it.
BEIJING CITY INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
Reporter Qinglan Du tells how she and the other teenage members of the Jerusalem Youth Chorus reached out from confinement to celebrities to join the now viral performance of "Home."
Founded in 2012, the choir is program for peace that includes both Arab and Jewish youth singers.
Tejas Gopalan,a 19-year-old design student, noticed that wearing a mask regularly caused his father to have an irritation, then an infection behind his ears. So he designed a way to keep the straps away from ears. Now, Tejas gets orders for his ear protectors from hospitals and is supplying them in bulk.
Story by Dhurai A Navaneetham
See also "Irish teens helping? Just look around" for a do-it-yourself solution for sore ears (last item).
Avi Schiffmann, 17, created a coronavirus tracker, nCoV2019.live, back in December 2019, before most world leaders had even acknowledged the virus.
Now his site has 83 million viewers and counting and has been an essential tool for people looking for straightforward, unbiased information about the virus. He talks about what's next, and not.
Story by Liz Trill
SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST
THE YOUNG POST
Arhan Chhabra of Hong Kong describes how the volunteering he did in an Indian classroom that used only blackboards inspired him to create AppVidya digital education tools for tablets -- just before online classes became the new normal around the world.
BEIJING CITY INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
Reporter Linda Huang explores the impetus behind the short film "Germophobe," which was created by two students from Beijing World Youth Academy and whose characters explore the the paranoia and apprehension created by the COVID 19.
The filmmakers' aim was also to raise awareness through a fictional story about how to calmly deal with the reality of the pandemic.
THE GLOBAL TIMES
Student robotics specialist Mihir Vardhan wanted to help the people he saw in the neighborhood who were exposed to the virus, so started making 3-D shields for them.
Now the effort has grown beyond his wildest expectations.
Story by Resham Talwar
Reporter Sofia Gutierrez Boker thought her MNDAY BFAST blog of food photos and recipes from her Mexican, German and Panamanian heritage was just going document how she made breakfast every Monday morning to encourage people to kickstart the week with creativity and productivity.
Then COVID-19 hit, and since then she's helping people make breakfast every day, "which feels like a Monday" she says.
THE GLOBAL TIMES
Amity International School student Harshaa Kawatra (at right in photo), along with her classmates Charvi Mendiratta and Isha Agarwal wanted to encourage and help people to download the government's app that is intended to help track COVID-19 cases. Now, they've assisted more than 1000 people to do so.
Story by Nalin Jayaswal & Suhani Malik
STILL MORE To COME
On 4 June, we will showcase a new set of stories from participants in the World Teenage Reporting Project > COVID-19, featuring especially late-breaking reports from as yet unpublished participants.
YOUR NEWS ORGANIZATION CAN STILL JOIN
More teenage journalists can still get involved. Your newsroom can be run by adults or students. The reporters, though, need to be teenagers as do the subjects of the stories about who is helping -- and how -- to make a difference during the pandemic.
The deadline for the next stories (text & photos, videos or podcasts) is 2 June.
Need more detail?
Dr Aralynn McMane
info [at] youthandnewsmedia.net