Since mid April, the assignment to teenage journalists in 16 countries has been to cover the untold stories of how their peers are helping both potential and current victims of the virus and their caregivers. The project will continue “until it’s not needed anymore. The goal is to combat Global Youth & News Media see as the prevailing image these days of teenagers as either careless beach frolickers who bring the virus home or as bored couch-sitters who think about only themselves.
“…our field wasn’t ready for a pandemic. We had no behavioral playbook on nudges, defaults, and other strategies for improving social distancing, mask use, remote learning, home-based work, and social transfers.”
BBC Media Action: The ‘info-demic’ of health mis- and disinformation surrounding COVID-19 poses a grave threat to people’s well-being – whether it’s false information about how the new coronavirus is spread and how to prevent it, or false cures likely to do more harm than good. Simple, easy-to-adapt content that reminds younger audiences on social media to think critically before pressing ‘share’ can help reverse the tide. This minimalist animation is designed to be adapted to any language and culture – check it out!