Young people in Lichfield have had the chance to meet people from their local media, in an effort to tackle the negative portrayal of young people. Members of Young People of Today (YPT), the Staffordshire Young People’s Service (SYPS) youth forum for the Lichfield District, met with Gemma Styles and Chloe Shrubb from Staffordshire County Council’s press office and Andy Kerr from the Lichfield Mercury. They spoke about how the press works, how to get a story in a newspaper, and how to go about finding interesting stories. One of the main topics of the meeting was the negative image of young people in the media, and how it is becoming the norm to see young people portrayed in a negative light. Sam Haynes, 19, a Youth Work Apprentice for SYPS said:
“The meeting was good because it gave us an opportunity to talk to a member of the press, and find out more about the process to go through.  It was really interesting to see how a story is put together, and how we can get more positive stories in the press. ”
County Councillor Ben Adams, Cabinet Member for Communities and Culture added:
“It’s really encouraging to see young people tackling the negative stereotype they are often unfairly branded with, and also working with the press to portray a more positive image. Young people in this county do make a positive contribution to communities, and it’s good to see them taking a positive step to show this.”


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