There is a huge imbalance between who consumes the news and who creates the news: In the UK, 94% journalists are white; 65% of news/business articles are by men; 51% of leading journalists and 80% of editors are privately educated; only 11% of journalists are from working class backgrounds. There is a massive imbalance between who shapes and consumes news. We believe that young people from all backgrounds have a place in newsrooms and should feel confident that their views matter.
We also exist to increase media literacy and to close both the attainment and confidence gaps that children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds face in comparison to their more privileged peers. Fewer than half of disadvantaged children reached expected levels of attainment at the end of primary school (Nuffield Foundation), and poor communication skills are closely linked to social disadvantage (Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists).
Mini reporters leave our programmes able to speak confidently to adults, each other, in front of peers and the camera. They develop the skills to confidently have their voice heard enabling them to speak up and out about things that matter to them.