21 young people from across Australia had their voices heard at the News Champions National Forum on Oct 20-22nd 2019, hosted at the Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD) in Canberra.
Held during National Media Literacy Week, the two-day event saw 21 students aged 10-17 come together to discuss the future of news media and to train to be News Champions who are equipped to lead discussions and engage with news in their local communities.
The students also developed questions to contribute to a national news poll for young Australians to be completed in early 2020.
Developed in partnership with MoAD, Western Sydney University, Queensland University of Technology, ABC Education and Google Australia, this event is a response to our research findings that show that young Australians have very low levels of trust in news media, while they are also largely ignored by news media organisations.
Video footage featuring the 21 news champions is now featured in a new exhibition at MoAD titled, Truth, Power and a Free Press. This exhibition explores why journalists do the work they do, examining the ongoing battle for truth and representation in the media. It opened on 15 November 2019 and will remain open for several years as a semi-permanent exhibition.
The project team are also providing ongoing mentoring to the 21 News Champions to support them to engage with the news in ways that matter to them and to lead public discussions about the future of news.