In the last two years Sissa Medialab designed, tested and evaluated two projects aiming at empowering children and teenagers to act as science journalists, in order to promote a personal, critical attitude towards science and technology. A paper magazine and a blog were produced with a participatory process, in which adults acted as facilitators and experts on demand, but young people were the leaders of the process. Special care was devoted to ensure social inclusion and gender balance. We have found youth journalism an effective way to help children to explore the relations between science and society and to express their opinions on them, while discovering the fascination of the scientific endeavour in direct contact with researchers in their own work environment.

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Science journalism as a way to engage children and teenagers in the science and society dialogue

Paola Rodari   Sissa Medialab

Simona Cerrato   Sissa Medialab

Enrico Balli   Sissa Medialab

In the last two years Sissa Medialab designed, tested and evaluated two projects aiming at empowering children and teenagers to act as science journalists, in order to promote a personal, critical attitude towards science and technology. A paper magazine and a blog were produced with a participatory process, in which adults acted as facilitators and experts on demand, but young people were the leaders of the process. Special care was devoted to ensure social inclusion and gender balance. We have found youth journalism an effective way to help children to explore the relations between science and society and to express their opinions on them, while discovering the fascination of the scientific endeavour in direct contact with researchers in their own work environment.

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