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Daily newspaper in schoolchildren shake-up

When 16-year-old Greta Thunberg launched the School Strike for Climate movement, thousands of school children were inspired to take a stand.

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Teenagers took over the Daily Mirror for a special ‘Next Gen’ edition

This is just one example of the recent surge in young voices deciding to campaign for change. Noting this shift in children and teenagers making their voices heard, the Daily Mirror called on the next generation to shape the news it told for one special edition (May 22nd).

In a complete takeover, teenagers aged 14 to 19 from five schools across the UK worked closely with editorial staff and designers to bring their ideas and thoughts to life.

The idea behind the project was to give the newspaper a fresh angle, offering insights and topics that had not necessarily been covered before.

Having met with the newspaper’s head of politics and campaigns Jason Beattie, the teenagers had one real-life news day to bring the special edition to life.

Featuring in the edition are interviews with Jeremy Corbyn, Prince William, Education Minister Damian Hinds, and reality television star, Megan Barton-Hanson.

They’ve been derided as ‘the snowflake generation.’ So, we asked them to tell us what are the issues they really care about

Topics such as young people and trade unions, social media and mental health, teen homelessness and Extinction Rebellion were covered.

Kienan Greene, a 17-year-old Level 3 Graphic Design and Illustration student, designed the special ‘Mirror NextGen’ Daily Mirror logo. The teenagers also put together a ‘Next Gen manifesto’ for what they believe would contribute towards a better Britain.

Commenting on the project, editor Alison Phillips says: “The Daily Mirror has a long history of giving a voice to those who may otherwise go unheard. So often nowadays teenagers are dismissed as not doing much beyond staring at their phones or their trainers.

“They’ve been derided as ‘the snowflake generation.’ So, we asked them to tell us what are the issues they really care about. For one day we handed over the keys – or keyboards – of the Daily Mirror to let them run our news and features coverage in print and online.”

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