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WHAT'S GOING ON HERE   A new global set of stories by teenage reporters from around the world covers what they and their cohorts are doing to help during the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim has been to combat the prevailing image of the teenager as a problem of some kind, rarely as an active helper.

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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, Ireland, Japan, Montenegro, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, The United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam.  The main media partner for the project is News Decoder (France). Profiles are HERE

NEXT There's still time to join. The project welcomes the work of teenage journalists affiliated with a newsroom run by students or by adults, or independently with a school advisor. The deadline for the next showcase is 1 June.

CONTACT   Dr. Aralynn McMane, info [at] youthandnewsmedia.net

PORTUGAL

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.

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INDIA

YOCee.IN

Tharansia creates art with recycled bottles to raise money for the Tamil Nadu State Chief Minister's Public Relief Fund that helps the needy during COVID 19 in the state.

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Story by Harreni R.

BEIJING

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.

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INDIA

YOCee.in

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.

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Story by Dhurai A Navaneetham

See also "Irish teens helping? Just look around"  for a do-it-yourself  solution for sore ears (last item).

HONG KONG

SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST

YOUNG POST

Friends in NYC and Hong Kong worked together to buy and deliver 2000 masks to personnel at Brooklyn hospitals.

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Story by Junior Reporter Joanne To

USA

YR MEDIA

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.

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Story by Liz Trill

HONG KONG

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.

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BEIJING

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.

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INDIA

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.

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Story by Resham Talwar

USA

MNDAYBFAST.COM

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.

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INDIA

YOCee.in

Teenagers with special needs build skills while helping create crucial equipment for front-line warriors during the pandemic, thanks to V- Excel’s Vocation Training Unit.

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Story by Adhiti, age 13

USA

YR MEDIA

Matthew Jason tells how he and his family are converting traditional Jewish headwear (known as kippahs or yarmulkes) into hundreds of face masks for the homeless population of Houston, Texas.  [VIDEO 00:01:38]

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INDIA

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.

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Story by Nalin Jayaswal & Suhani Malik

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IRELAND

MOVILLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

The class assignment was to report about teenagers in the community who were making a difference. Not surprisingly, it was pretty easy.

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Story by Fionnuala De Brún

Next?

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.

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CONTACT

Dr Aralynn McMane

info [at] youthandnewsmedia.net

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