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Teen Vogue has the best coverage of the refugee crisis: Here’s why

Teen Vogue has the best coverage of the refugee crisis: Here’s why

“Photographer Attempts to Save Lives After Deadly Explosion in Syria”. “Turkey Opened an “Orphan City” to Host 1,000 Syrian Refugees”. “6 Ways to Be an Ally to Immigrants and Refugees”. Guess where these article titles come from? You would think perhaps the GuardianIRIN or even Washington Post. When I think of the magazine, Vogue, I think of fashion, gossip and Pippa Middleton’s wedding. When I think of Teen Vogue, I think of the same only teen-aged.

I could not be more wrong. A cursory viewing of their front page reveals a variety of coverage that is anything but skin deep. Indeed, one of the categories you can browse it “news and politics”. It started seemingly with an op-ed against Donald Trump, which doubled-down on a commitment to the truth and a call to action. However, according to a recent Quartz article, “Teen Vogue, unlike Time or Newsweek, is drawing explicitly from a rich tradition of aggressive, opinionated, adversarial coverage of sexist white men”. Nilanjana Roy recently wrote on the Financial Times, “Teen Vogue’s generation of young women is far more confident about its ability to want both — political engagement, but also the thigh-high boots”.

It has recently turned its attention to the global refugee crisis. On April 13, it published a piece entitled, “The Refugee Crisis: Everything You Need To Know”. It is good. Very good. And the readers it reached are perhaps unrivalled by any other mainstream publication. Magazine coverage that engages young, female, millennial readers in such issues as how children fleeing Boko Haram are denied access to education challenges all stereotypes about the next generation.

I’m on board Teen Vogue, especially when they promote getting development right.


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Brendan Rigby

Managing Director & Co-founder at WhyDev
Brendan is an education specialist and co-founder of WhyDev. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education exploring complementary basic education and the literacy practices of out-of-school children in northern Ghana. Formerly, he was an Education Officer with UNICEF Ghana, and Director of Venture Support with StartSomeGood. Brendan has also been an education consultant and trainer for Plan, UNICEF, ScopeGlobal and the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. He is obsessed with tea, American football and karaoke.

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