Media Talk: Media and kids

  • May 18, 2017
  • 6:00-8:00pm
  • Metcalfe Auditorium, The State Library of NSW Macquarie St Sydney, NSW

In the era of fake news and 24/7 media it’s more important than ever to ensure kids develop a critical media literacy. So how do we help young people wade through a saturation of stories, while also trying to protect them from harmful messages? What are the benefits of journalists reporting specifically for young people? Are the issues different? How do you frame the news to interest young readers, listeners and viewers? And what about kids who are actually doing the reporting themselves?

Saffron Howden, Editor, Crinkling News

Saffron Howden has been a journalist for over 15 years. She started as a cadet reporter at Australian Associated Press (AAP) in Sydney and was sent to work in the federal parliamentary press gallery at Parliament House in Canberra not long after completing her cadetship. She returned to Sydney two years later and began working at the Daily Telegraph. Before joining the journalism staff at the Sydney Morning Herald, Saffron worked at the regional daily newspaper, the Northern Star, on the north coast of NSW. She spent six years at the Herald before starting Australia’s only national newspaper for kids, Crinkling News. In 2016 she was a finalist in the Women’s Agenda Emerging Female Entrepreneur of the Year award. She is a mother and aunt.

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