In the wake of the pandemic, some things have become clear at ABC.
Young people feel a huge hole after being stripped of their ability to connect, explore the world and understand themselves.
Lockdown and quarantine have had a lasting impact on the lives of young Australians – it’s important that we share their stories.
So who better to do this than young emerging media students who have experienced this firsthand?
ABC News 50:50 Equality Panel Passionate about discovering some unique and important digital stories to share with the rest of the world.
The 50:50 Equality Project focuses on increasing the diversity of Australian voices in our stories and connecting with the community.
We are passionate about experimenting with our storytelling and how we reach our audience.
Not only do we want to give contributors a platform to share their perspectives, we also want to provide them with unique mentoring opportunities to take a step forward in the world of media (whatever direction they choose).
After hundreds of apps, we’ve done the daunting task of selecting a few to share with a national audience – whose experiences resonated widely.
Here’s what they shared with us.
Relationships are the key
Jayden Beatty gave us his What it’s like to manage life in a residential building for those at risk in the inner city of Melbourne.
But instead of painting a picture of poverty and despair, he shows us that human connection and the joy of caring for those around us (whatever that may be) can help heal a society that often affects the most vulnerable in society. Loneliness in the world.
Porn is not a black and white issue
we are impressed Isaiah Gee Even in 2022, there is the ability to articulate issues that are firmly viewed as taboo, dirty or immoral.
For an 18 year old student Venture into porn consumption, sexual identity and the way we treat women So it’s the real highlight of the project.
Travel is a lost ritual
The pandemic has affected everyone’s travel plans, so this story is relevant to many of us.
Pippa Salmon Lucky to be able to escape during lockdown. Her love of the outdoors and analysis of future travel options has inspired generations after borders reopened.
TikTok can’t replace live music
Abbey Wiltshire Passionate about music. But when the pandemic hit and everyone went indoors, the excitement and anticipation of seeing her favorite band evaporated from her.
Of course she’s not alone.
As Abbie explained, Many Australians are feeling the loss, only to find that there is an alternative in TIkTok. While it can’t replace the sweaty joy of live performances, it helps young people feel connected to the music world in isolation.
We Forget Kindness When We Seek Connection
for Lauren Gallina, Dating during a pandemic can be complicated and rewarding.
You don’t have to be Gen Z to feel the effects of isolation and loneliness. But for younger generations, navigating love, sex and dating can be very confusing.
So, where to go from here?
Not only was ABC lucky to have access to important stories from young people, but the students themselves said they were grateful for the support and learning opportunities our organization gave them.
The 50:50 Equality team is well aware that there is value in collaborating and sharing perspectives with Australians from all walks of life, and we look forward to continuing down that path this year.