Young people from Norfolk will be literally making the news next week when they takeover the EDP newsroom for a day. Ten young people, together with staff from youth charity MAP, will be joining the journalists and editorial team at the EDP on Monday April 16th to produce news features and articles for the EDP of Tuesday April 17th.
The Tuesday newspaper will focus on issues facing young people in Norfolk today including bullying, mental health concerns and a lack of affordable and accessible activities, all of which were identified as key priorities in a recent county-wide consultation of over 10,000 young people by the seven district Youth Advisory Boards. Six of Norfolk’s YABS are co-ordinated by MAP.
The EDP will also feature articles about political engagement, young people who face religious and racial discrimination, and will identify young people in the county who have made a positive difference. The youth-focused coverage will extend to the back pages with a look at how sport participation rates have changed and which sports have grown and dropped in popularity.
Izzy (age 12, member of the Norwich YAB) said ‘I got involved in the young people’s EDP takeover because I think it will be a great experience! I am looking forward to working with other young people from across Norfolk, the EDP and creating our own version of the paper. I hope this will give me some experience and insight into the world of journalism.’
Paul Webb, Youth Work Services manager at MAP, added ‘We would like to thank the EDP for inviting young people to takeover their paper. It is an incredible opportunity for young people to have their voices heard and explain what life is like for them today.’