A Reporter's Guide to Adolescent Learning and Well-Being
Talking With Teens: Tips for Interviewing Adolescents
How finding, and elevating, teen voices enriches reporting
While reporting on a school in a neighborhood with a high homicide rate, Los Angeles Times reporter Sonali Kohli stressed to students she interviewed that they were empowered to control the conversation.
Many teenagers view a professional journalist as an authority figure and might feel pressure to give “correct” answers, Kohli said. That’s why she starts each interview with the premise that a student can end the conversation at any time or ask their own questions.
Responsible Reporting on LGBTQ Students
Tips for coverage of youths' mental health, well-being, and more
The news media must do a better job of covering the challenges faced by LGBTQ youths, a trio of advocates and educators told journalists attending an Education Writers Association seminar on adolescent learning and well-being in February.
Rob Todaro, the press secretary for The Trevor Project, a nonprofit providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention to LGBTQ youths, urged reporters to pay more attention to elevated rates of depression and suicide among such youths, saying increased public awareness “will go a long way towards saving lives.”
This schedule is tentative and subject to change. The seminar is on Feb. 27-28 in Berkeley, Calif.
Day 1: Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020
8:00 – 8:45 a.m.
8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
- Caroline Hendrie, Education Writers Association
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9:00 – 9:45 a.m.