Youth as Reporters

You are 18 or under? You have things to say about topics that are close to your heart? You want to raise awareness about the issues in your community, in your country, in the world? The media has an important role to play in protecting and promoting the rights of the child, but journalism is most times made by adults, for adults. CRIA firmly believes that you also have the right to speak out and to be heard! Become a Youth Reporter, investigate on issues important to you and report on them through articles, photos, or videos. We will then publish it on our website!

(500 words or more, no hate speech will be published, in english mandatory but you can also send it in your native language, send it to cria.programme@ic-fr.org)

Disclamair : the articles published are not reflecting Child Rights in Action’s opinion, but the one of our young participants.

Essential guidelines before you begin your report:

  • In interviewing (and reporting on) children, pay special attention to each child’s right to privacy and confidentiality, to have their opinions heard, to participate in decisions affecting them and to be protected from harm and retribution.
  • If you wish to interview people, you should explain clearly to them what you are doing and how this interview will be used (i.e. put on a website) and ask for their permission.
  • Avoid questions, attitudes or comments that are judgmental, insensitive to cultural values, that place a child in danger or expose a child to humiliation, or that reactivate the pain of traumatic events.
  • Do not, under any circumstances, conduct interviews or investigation that could put you or others in danger.
  • Do not publish a story or an image that might put the child, their siblings or peers at risk, even when their identities are changed, obscured or not used.

When writing your article:

  • Your article has to be 500 words minimum, with no maximum, let yourself go wild!
  • Your article should be written in English, but if you are not comfortable with it you can always ask for someone to proofread or help you with your wording, be it from other young people or from adults. (Never be ashamed of your level of speech!)
  • Always provide an accurate context for your story.
  • You should be reluctant to rely on a single source. Always try to vary sources. You can try to identify several key individuals and find out what their different perspectives on the issue are, their approaches to resolving it, and their assumptions and goals.
  • Check and verify information, facts and documents, to achieve due accuracy.
  • You can also conduct original research, such as surveys, and interview key person to obtain first-hand information.
  • If you can, try to identify possible solutions to your issues!