The grant will be used to expand the Mirror’s NextGen coverage - originally created in 2019 as a way to give young people a mainstream media platform, giving a group of teenagers the chance to shape their own stories for a mass audience. In past iterations, the Mirror has worked with students from across the UK including Birmingham, Belfast, Sheffield, Bournemouth and East London.
Now, this investment will be used to take the platform international, working with six schools in six different countries to give young people the chance to tell their stories about how climate change has impacted their lives. The project will be led by Mirror Assistant Editor Jason Beattie, who spearheaded the first NextGen edition and leads on the Mirror’s editorial campaigns.
Beattie commented: "The Daily Mirror is taking its ground-breaking NextGen project international thanks to a European Journalism Development Grant.
“The consequences of the climate crisis will be most deeply felt by today's generation of young people.
“This grant will allow school children from across the planet to report on how global warming is impacting on their lives and articulate in their own words their hopes and fears for the future.
“We are delighted to have secured funding for this exciting project that gives young people a voice on the most important issue facing the planet.”
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