Allen-Student promotes media literacy | news
As members of Generation Z – a population contingent that demographers estimate were born after the mid-to-late 1990s and before the early 2010s – move closer to adulthood, some fear they will inherit a world riddled with social unrest and political turmoil is categorized.
All ISD newcomer Ishaan Gupta does his part to equip the members of this generation for a strenuous undertaking.
“With every news about COVID, politics, social justice – all of these are so important, I have found that many of my colleagues did not know exactly what was going on in the world,” he said. “Many of my friends didn’t know exactly what was going on politically [or] economically, so I found this to be a big problem when you consider that my age group is only a few years away from starting a career and [assuming] influential positions. They are the next CEOs, writers, innovators [and] Activists. “
The 15-year-old Gupta countered this by starting an online newsletter called Teenitics with the stated aim of “spreading information about important events in the world to teens, children and young adults in a meaningful and unconditional way”.
Since launching on Feb.27, Teenitics has reported news ranging from Germany’s “screams” for COVID-19 vaccinations to President Joe Biden’s proposed expansion of the Affordable Care Act. Each newsletter managed by Gupta through the email marketing company Mailchimp illuminates one message per day.
“It doesn’t have a very complicated slang; it’s just pretty down to earth, laid back language so they can get on with their day, ”he said. “If you read my article, you have got all the information you need on the subject. So if I asked them about it tomorrow, they would understand pretty well. “
Teenitics has attracted dozens of subscriptions since its inception and has been positively received, Gupta said.
“A lot of my friends have come back to me and said that it really works for them and that they actually make a lot of it. Even some of my teachers have given me feedback that they envision a really positive impact on the students, ”he said.
Gupta’s newsletter service is still a new venture and has the greatest reach at Allen ISD’s Lowry Freshman Center, where he is a student. Gupta sees continued growth for Teenitics and predicts it will have a positive impact based on previous feedback.
“Whatever I do, I want to have a lasting impact, be it in finance, science … Whatever I want to do, I want to influence this world for my community and the world at large.”
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