The Student View is a UK charity which addresses media illiteracy in young people by sending reporters into secondary schools.

In this week's podcast, we speak to programme manager, Robin Brinkworth about the charity's latest initiatives with The Financial Times, Google, YouTube and other partnerships where students end up with bylines on local news websites. It is part of the ongoing effort to educate the news audiences and journalists of tomorrow on the perils of news deserts, misinformation and social exclusion.

Brinkworth explained how these initiatives can be transformative for pupils on all ends of the education system when they come face-to-face with reporters and understand how FOIs and local news reporting works.

But the charity and these initiatives alone are not enough to tackle the extent of media illiteracy in young people; he called for the wider news industry to get behind the pledge to re-introduce media literacy and critical thinking into the school curriculum.

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Image courtesy of The Student View

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