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Youth-Led media is any effort created, planned, implemented, and reflected upon by young people in the form of media, including websites, newspapers, television shows and publications.


These efforts form the basis of an international movement born in the early 1970s in Ann Arbor, Michiganmarker, U.S.marker by the publishing arm of a left-wing, teen-led organization called Youth Liberation of Ann Arbor, which existed from 1970 to 1980. One of its founders went on to form the New York City-based Youth Communication, a youth-led media program for young people in foster care. Another organization in the early movement was Children's Express, which operates programs around the world.

In the early 1990s this movement gained new expression in the United States in response to growing media bias against youth, i.e. the hyper-sensationalization of youth violence ala "superpredators", and continued to grow due to the "Columbine" shootings. This movement features hundreds of individuals and organizations working across the United States to promote the roles of young people in society and in the media. Demonstrating the wide reach of youth-led media a program in Oakland, Californiamarker called Youth Radio has been featured across national media outlets in the U.S., including NPR and PBS. Other examples include the Blunt Youth Radio Project provides an hour-long, weekly, youth-produced public affairs radio show on WMPGmarker in Portland, Mainemarker. A general interest magazine called Nang! is produced and distributed on a quarterly basis to 14-21 year olds in Londonmarker. Speak Africa is a Pan-African youth-produced multi-media communication initiative that works in print, radio, TV, the Internet and community theatre, and the Vera Project is an all-ages, non-profit youth music organization in Seattle, Washingtonmarker.

There are currently youth-led media programs and organizations around the world, including Central and South America, Africa, Europe, and Australia.


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  7. McDonnell, I., Solignac Lecomte, H-B., and Wegimont, L. (2003) Public Opinion and the Fight Against Poverty. Development Centre of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

See also

External links

  • Roundhouse Radio A radio station run exclusively by young people (under 25) broadcasting 24/7 from London's legendary venue, The Roundhouse.

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