How would the world change if we engaged our kids in journalism from a young age?
Do you want to find out with us?
Every year, we dedicate December to looking back at our stories from the past. And this year, as we started reviewing our work from the past three years, something jumped out at us: the way that kids, teens, and university students have contributed to this collective.
That’s why this year’s Rearview edition is led by university voices. You’ll find two video pieces by students who looked back at our past stories and brought them to life through mobile journalism, and an inspiring conversation with a journalism student who kicked off our 2023 with a longform piece about the fight to save San José’s rivers.
You’ll also find us – this month, and heading into 2024 – planning activities for 2024 that will bring the power of solutions journalism into Costa Rican classrooms.
Why this, and why now? Because as our reporting has shown, our teachers face massive setbacks in literacy and critical thinking that have led some to describe pandemic-delayed youth as a potential “lost generation.” And they can’t solve this problem alone. We believe that, working with educators, we could shape programs that build reading, writing, speaking, and English skills; increase confidence; and even inspire civic engagement. And as Costa Rica’s national solutions journalism outlet, we want to help showcase their voices.
We’re looking for partners – teachers, schools, and sponsors – who’d like to get involved. Together, we’ll create a traveling K-12 journalism workshop and a “journalism club” format to guide teachers who’d like to incorporate a longer term project into school life.
We’re hoping to spend our fourth year learning, as we always do, but this time meeting lots more kids and youth along the way. Stay tuned for our youth-powered December, and if you’d like to join our educational efforts in 2024, sign up here!