Is journalism failing to represent young people?

podium 1Camilla Byk of

I have some questions for you: When did you last hear a teenager interviewed on the radio or TV?  Were they a celebrity, or were they telling a shocking story?  Were they interviewed by a presenter who ‘talked down’ to them? Were they given enough time to talk beyond the subject on the media channel’s agenda?

I don’t know about you, but these scenarios above have been my experience of hearing teen views on the mainstream media.  My response to this was to create a totally new way of broadcasting the stories of the under 20s and this is how was born.

We have a growing team of 130 + journalists across the UK in towns, villages and islands who can use their smartphones or dictaphones to record the views of people around them.  The journalists suggest ideas and these are scheduled into daily podcasts that anyone in the team can contribute to.

This is a great way for young people to learn how to think widely beyond their own experiences, talk to people they don’t know, and grow in confidence.  We work with 43 universities, many organisations like Brook, the Guides, and Princes Trust, to give anyone who is interested the opportunity to hear their views on air.

As well as our own daily podcast on we also contribute to BBC programmes on radio 1 and radio 4, and are working with the Thomson Reuters foundation on stories.

One journalist  who has just completed a 10 day internship with us in Cardiff said:

“I really loved being involved with by knowing my work is a part of all the amazing podcasts featured on the website by fellow journalists and those at Podium HQ – podcasts which some days can make me laugh, some days can make me so emotional, and some days can really make me think about a topic and question current debates.”

“I honestly really admire how looks to discuss with young people such a wide range of topics and give young people a voice within the media, which most of the time used to just speak on their behalf or paint them in a negative light. The station doesn’t shy away from important debates facing the whole country or world at that moment in time, which I find really inspiring as it doesn’t dumb down young people by giving the impression that they wouldn’t have enough knowledge to give a valued and worthwhile opinion on whatever is being discussed.”

podium 2If you work with young people and you would like to get them out recording, then encourage them to click ‘get started’ and within a week they can hear their views included in a podcast.  This is such a powerful, yet safe, anonymous way to help young people to represent themselves on a national platform.  We look forward to hearing from you.

What is Podium? is a platform for your story. Every day we broadcast interviews, songs and stories from the under 20s.

If you have a story to tell or a song or sport to promote or share please email The Pod

Who can join the team?

Anyone of any age can join the journalism team.  You can be at school, college, university, working, or in need of work experience. is great on any CV and our links with national broadcasters ensure that your work is heard by editors and journalists at a high level.

Want to be a Podium Journalist?

If you are honest and kind, ready to meet new people, interested in unusual facts, and want to be connected across the UK to like minded people then please email a couple of sentences about yourself to The Pod

For more information, press enquiries, and offers of support please contact Annabel




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