Everyone is clamoring for local news right now. They want to know who is sick, what businesses are open, and, most importantly, if there is space in the hospitals near them. However, local news has not felt this support in its revenue–rather, the opposite. In fact, it might be on the verge of extinction due to the economic fall out from the COVID-19 pandemic. What does this mean for the communities whose stories rarely make it to the national and international media?
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.
There’s little chance you will forget the home quarantine of 2020. But the details will fade over time — unless you create something that lasts. Kids around the country are doing just that by making their own newspapers. They’ve become reporters, photographers, editors, art directors and even cartoonists. And they are doing what good journalists do: keeping their communities (or maybe just their families) informed and entertained.
‘Ifahamu Corona – Anatomy of Corona’ is a podcast that shares facts about coronavirus. This series is produced by Vikes – Finnish Foundation for Media and Development, Tanzania Development Information Organization (TADIO), Felm and the Ministry of Health of Tanzania.