The McCormick Foundation journalism program staff reflects on five emerging trends in the youth media field, offering a look into innovative journalism and news literacy models.
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The key to youth media investment is the word “long-term.”
Funders cannot simply leave media to “other” funders to support, just because your area of focus is poverty or health. Media is a component that greatly adds to and advances the solutions to all issue areas.
The youth-media field, as a whole, needs to strategically communicate its value and power on meeting the needs of young people.
As a filmmaker, arts administrator, and observer of our culture, I find myself asking: Why would anyone with knowledge of the 21st century workforce and its need for critical thinking not put media education at the forefront of educational strategy?