Peer Press is our youth news agency where young people are at the helm of reporting local news.
Peer Press is supported by the Wimbledon Foundation and MOPAC
'Lazy", "lacking respect”, “lacking direction”, “anti-social” and “apathetic” are the most common terms used to describe young people in the British Press.
They couldn't be more wrong for the young people that we know, meet and work with. So, we're flipping the script! Creating our own youth news agency, Peer Press.
We're addressing the balance of power by training up young people as Citizen Journalists, guiding them in how to amplify their voices and share their experiences. Empowering them to counter the dominant narrative surrounding them and their peers with positive news and investigations.
Source: Shout Out UK, Youth Media Agency
We're currently setting up a brand new news agency in our hometown of Merton that will create media completely produced by young people. It will be the first project of its kind in the borough, upskilling young people in multimedia skills (including film, photography, audio and written content creation) and putting them at the forefront of the conversations about them. Once they're trained, there will even be the opportunity for paid work and commissions with us, through our participatory media work.
We're looking for passionate local 13-18 year olds to make up our Merton team! To do this, we're visiting youth-focused organisations and spaces with our Pop Up: Film Booth.
Are you interested in us visiting your space and engaging your young people completely free of charge? Sign up using the form below.