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Finding Digital Stories: The Youth Reporter Project Toolkit and Training Guide

Overview

The Youth Reporter Project is a participatory media project for young people. It aims to empower children and youth through creative media, journalism, and storytelling. Children and young people trained under the project put the learnings in practice as young citizen journalists and media literacy advocates.

With smartphones as today’s most accessible device for young people when creating content and telling stories, Plan International Philippines, through its Youth Reporter Project, has developed a new mobile journalism toolkit to equip youth advocates with the knowledge and skills needed for effective and powerful digital storytelling.

Intended for young people aged 13 to 24, Finding Digital Stories: The Youth Reporter Project Toolkit serves as a comprehensive and youth-friendly guide on writing and producing content for social media. 

Complementing the toolkit is The Youth Reporter Project Training Guide which aims to aid potential trainers, mentors, and facilitators of mobile journalism training for young people. The training guide offers practical instructions on the suggested training design, conduct of module rollouts, and activities. 

Executive Summary

Finding Digital Stories: The Youth Reporter Project Toolkit and Training Guide

The Youth Reporter Project is a participatory, community-based youth media project designed to evolve with the recovery process and transition to development of communities affected by the typhoon. Over time, the young people trained under the project began building their own network, proactively putting their learnings in practice as young citizen journalists and media literacy advocates.

As information becomes increasingly accessible thanks to advancing technologies, Plan International Philippines seeks to up the ante by training children and young people to use smartphones as their primary tool in producing stories and reporting issues that matter to them.

The Youth Reporter Project Toolkit  aims to be a reference for Plan International, its institutional partners, and the youth (aged 13-24) on how to produce digital stories through a smartphone. This Toolkit has 5 modules which tackles mobile journalism extensively: content creation for social media, photos, videos, writing on social media, and how to make posts viral. It will help young people to understand the basics of content creation both by and using smartphones, as well as the latest innovations at the intersection of technology, media, and people.

The Youth Reporter Project Training Guide provides an introduction to mobile journalism and focuses on the importance of a solutions-based approach that can be best used in telling community stories. Intended for potential trainers and facilitators of the mobile journalism training for young people, the Training Guide offers practical instructions on the suggested flow of the training, conduct of the module rollouts, and activities. 

  • Finding Digital Stories: The Youth Reporter Project Toolkit
  • Finding Digital Stories: The Youth Reporter Project Training Guide