Young journalists band together to report stories of teens helping during the pandemic

by Abby Geluso

May 18, 2020

IJNET - COVID-19 Reporting

Teenagers highlight
youth fight
against COVID-19

by Dylan Carlson-Sirvent

April 13, 2020


News flash: Teens are helping, and that helps them.

by Aralynn Abare McMane

May 23, 2020




"I think the World Teenage Reporting Project for COVID-19 is an especially important project for student journalists right now. It dispels certain myths about teenagers and young people that a lot of people seem to have. Those of us that work with youth know that they are driven, that they care about important issues, and often they are compelled to act to make change. This project helps to highlight the role that youth plays in contributing to society, and in changing the world.


"At this moment, many students and young people are working to help our society as it combats problems related to COVID-19. For student journalists that are stuck at home, this project gives them something to do. In my experience with trauma, having something to do and the ability to write about stories related to the trauma you have experienced or are experiencing can be very healing. Student journalists want to tell the true stories of their communities, and this project gives them another opportunity to do just that."


-- Melissa Falkowski, Advisor, The Eagle Eye, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, Florida, USA
Ms. Falkowski is the 2019 National Journalism Teacher of the Year. The Eagle Eye is a project participant and the inaugural laureate 2018 Global Youth & News Media Prize.

"The World Teenage Reporting Project - COVID-19 gives young people a chance to highlight and champion their inspirational peers. This crisis affects us all, and the pandemic will have a profound and formative impact on their lives.”

-- Solomon Elliott, CEO & Founder of The Student View, London, UK

Project participant and 2019 laureate, News/Media Literacy Award, Global Youth & News Media Prize

"Youth around the world are suffering hardship and loss from COVID-19, just as their elders are. News Decoder is honored to participate in the Reporting Project and to help set the record straight by highlighting young people’s contributions to combating the disease and preparing for a better world once the pandemic is under control. The young will inherit the earth, and News Decoder wants to do its part in helping prepare them to assume leadership roles.

-- Nelson Graves, Founder, News Decoder and its parent nonprofit Nouvelles Découvertes (France)

Main media partner for the project and a partner in the Global Youth & News Media Prize

"We often see young rogues in the news, but most “normal” young people are not featured. It's the big reason why our reporters are eager to write articles for this project. I would like to emphasize how much young people are sacrificing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the midst of an important time in their lives. So this is really an important and valuable opportunity to use their own voice and vision to report the situation.


"Actually, in dealing with young reporters, I feel that many young people are seriously thinking about what they can do about all social issues, such as the the environment, the gap between rich and poor, etc."


- Yumi Kanemaki,  Staff Writer for Yomiuri Shimbun and a Yomiuri Junior Press coordinator.

Project participant Yomiuri Shimbun is Japan's largest newspaper with award-winning coverage targeting children and teenagers.

"We are excited to participate in the World Teenage Reporting Project > COVID-19 to elevate the perspectives of young people doing extraordinary things all over the world. The coronavirus pandemic has changed every aspect of our lives and creating a sense of community to support one another is essential.


PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs (SRL) created a special unit, Making Sense of Coronavirus Through Storytelling and Media Making, to help teen journalists around the world process how news and information about COVID-19 is impacting them directly, while empowering them to tell their own story, as well as document other people's stories."


-- Elis Estrada, Director, PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs (USA)

Project participant. PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs pairs young people with professional mentors

"This is an important project because it will showcase all the good that is coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic that has had such a negative impact on the world, having the Eagle Eye participate will be a great way to share stories of the students in our community who have done things to better the world. This project also has the potential to encourage others to do something positive with their time in quarantine/lockdown."

-- Dara Rosen, Editor, The Eagle Eye, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, Florida, USA

Project participant and inaugural laureate 2018 Global Youth & News Media Prize.

"During this time of isolation, there are many untold stories of students who are making an impact in their community . . . Nothing makes me happier than knowing I’m writing stories about students helping others during this pandemic. I feel staying connected to one another, even if it’s through technology, is essential to continue spreading positivity and hope."


-- Ivy Lam, Reporter, The Eagle Eye, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, Florida, USA

"It's been incredible to see how this difficult time has galvanised so many young people to do something to make a difference. From delivering medical supplies, to helping with home workouts, the next generation of leaders have demonstrated that they are unstoppable, and capable of making a big difference."


-- Rhea Mogul, Reporter and Project Coordinator with Amalissa Hall, Young Post, South China Morning Post, Hong Kong.

"At Amity through our newspaper, we constantly strive to nurture youth with human values, empowered with the power of pen, passion and creativity to herald change in our society at grass root level. I am happy to be part of the World Teenage Reporting Project because, with this initiative of reporting inspiring stories of teenagers, by the teenagers across the globe we shall create a unique journalistic primer which will shape the future of the world post Covid-19. It will create a  world that is more caring and sensitive towards environment, a world full of love and compassion, a world full of respect for cultural diversities, a world happier and more positive. World Teenage Reporting Project is truly a boulevard of awakening amongst youth across the globe, beyond the nations and the boundaries."


-- Dr (Mrs) Amita Chauhan,  Founder, The Global Times and  Chairperson, Amity Group of Schools, India

Project participant is Amity International School of New Delhi.

"The World Teenage Reporting Project - COVID-19 helps reporters look at their peers from a different perspective, encourage them by writing about their work that probably would initiate more of their tribe into positive action. YOCee's student reporters are excited to look out for more teens and their stories that would bring a change during the current difficult situation. This is time the young people are coming across such a strange situation that every small act of goodness is needed for the community. Through this project, they are trying to find the light even when we are in the middle of the tunnel."

-- Revathi R, Founder-Editor,, Chennai, India

"It is the vision of our founder to create a pool of conscientious journalists through this newspaper. Today when the opportunity arose for teens to do something, it is heartening to see these writers come up with so many stories of what difference a teen can make even in times of crisis.  The World Teenage Reporting Project gives the perfect platform to share this with the world."

-- Vira Sharma, Managing Editor, The Global Times, New Delhi, India


"It was seeing the crappy business-as-usual portrayal of teenagers as careless or a problem during this pandemic that formed the inspiration to try to help correct that image, even if in a small way. Testimonials about confinement are useful, as is the tough news we need to face about this virus, but I think it’s important to hear also, and loud and clear, about how young people are making a difference. Who better to do that than their peers around the world who also happen to be journalists."

-- Dr. Aralynn McMane, Director, World Teenage Reporting Project > COVID-19


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