INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING • IMMIGRATION • ECONOMIC & GENDER VIOLENCE
Youth aren’t seen as viable witnesses, let alone journalists, for the social issues they face
According to a study on the demographics of journalists in America, the average age of professional journalists is 40 years old and more than half of them consist of white men and women. The Off/Page Project asks, how can we give marginalized voices and youth a seat at the table of investigative journalism?
NYJournalists are most in-demand in New York, NY
Age40+: 44% 30-40: 32% 20-30: 24%
Living at the intersection of youth voice and civic engagement, the Off/Page Project provided a multimedia platform for young people to investigate the issues and stories that would otherwise be silenced.
The Off/Page Project combined the analytical lens of Reveal News (formerly The Center for Investigative Reporting) with the groundbreaking storytelling of the literary non-profit Youth Speaks to:
Push the boundaries of journalistic storytelling with youth at the core of the conversation, challenging who has power to tell the truth
Recognize the life experiences of Youth Speaks poets by supporting their stories with fact-based reporting
Activate Youth Speaks' national Brave New Voices network, alongside the Center for Investigative Reporting's journalist and media partners, to address the issues most affecting young people nationwide
Engage & Impact a new generation with the strong principles, ethics and values of comprehensive investigative journalism to demand accountability from those in power, uncover injustices, and work towards policy changes on the issues most critical to them.