YRE four-step methodology

YRE engages participants aged 11-25 in environment-focused citizen journalism, looking at issues, problems, and solutions, and reporting on them through articles, photos, or videos.
The programme develops participants’ skills and knowledge about environmental issues, enhances communication and citizenship skills, individual initiative, teamwork, critical analysis, social responsibility, and leadership abilities.

YRE uses a tried and tested four-step methodology:


Step 1 - Investigate

Investigate a local environmental problem or issue:

  • Identify, define and communicate a local environmental problem and/or issue
  • Investigate (look up, compare, interpret, evaluate) relevant information from primary and secondary sources
  • Identify key individuals and groups and find out what their different perspectives on the issue are, their approaches to resolving it, and their assumptions and goals
  • Conduct original research, such as surveys/questionnaires, and interview key individuals or groups to obtain first-hand information
  • Cover relevant historical, economic, social and/or political implications and possible consequences of the problem or issue
  • Link the local environmental problem and/or issue to the bigger global picture (problem)

Step 2 - research solution

Research solutions to a local environmental problem or issue:

  • Identify a possible solution through and experts/stakeholders voices to an environmental problem and/or issue and evaluate its likely effectiveness, giving reasons for and against (pros and cons)
  • The solution presented has to be thoroughly explained, well argued and justified

step 3 - Report

Report on a local environmental issue and its possible solution through a journalistic production targeting a local audience:

  • Identify your target audience and choose the best way to reach and communicate with them, i.e. which media do they read/watch/listen to?
  • Plan how you will report on the problem and/or issue (who needs to be informed? how? when?) and use the appropriate journalistic format and style
  • Create an article, photograph, or video that documents the environmental problem and/or issue; where possible you should suggest a solution through the experts/stakeholders voices
  • Take a positive approach to inspiring change and finding a solution

step 4 - disseminate

Disseminate with the local audience:

  • Share (disseminate) your work to a local audience through the media, e.g. newspaper, magazine, radio, television, social media, exhibition, film show, local events, etc.