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What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
Gives listeners news from around the world in a way that's understandable for kids. Detailed explanations of complex ideas and words to help kids have a better understanding of what they may hear on the news, but in a way that's digestible. Teaches media literacy in addition to providing news. The concept of journalism is thoroughly explained along with the role of journalists in reporting fact-based news. Each episode provides a list of resources and sources consulted in the show notes, allowing listeners to dive deeper into subjects and practice their own fact checking.
Emphasizes the importance of journalism that shares fact-checked stories and first-hand accounts of individuals without adding too much bias. Encourages youth activism by helping kids understand how they can impact things happening in the world around them (peaceful protests, fundraising for trustworthy organizations, communicating with political representatives who hold power within different situations). Communication and curiosity are highlighted and encouraged through helping listeners understand journalism and media literacy.
Positive Role Models
Host Sarah Jones is an Emmy award-winning journalist who's traveled the world to shed light on underreported stories told by underrepresented voices. The podcast's first episode outlines Jone's work and journey towards becoming a celebrated female journalist. Jones defines herself as a "one-man band" and is known for writing, recording, producing, and editing her own work across multiple forms of journalistic media. She emphasizes the importance of listening and reading to understand all sides of situations and their impact on the world. Sarah shows integrity in the way she reports the news each episode and the multiple perspectives she gives throughout.
Host Sarah Jones is a woman of color and who has received multiple awards and honors for her integral work in journalism. Jones interviews and spotlights diverse voices and perspectives of people from across the world impacted by the news stories she shares.
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Violence & Scariness
War is discussed in detail, including the impact of armed conflict resulting in mass deaths, displacement of families, and destruction of communities resulting in pain and suffering of people.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sarah Jones Breaks it Down is a journalistic podcast for kids that helps them break down news and current events as well as learn digital literacy. The show and its host Sarah Jones encourage and highlight curiosity, communication and integrity. Some topics covered may surface questions and concerns from kids -- the first series of episodes cover facets of war. Adults may want to preview or listen to the episodes as a way to connect with kid listeners about the feelings they experience as a result of listening to the information shared. While there are no detailed graphic depictions of situations, host Sarah Jones has interviewees share their lived experiences that detail fear, pain, and trauma they'e faced. Sarah Jones Breaks it Down is part of the A Kids Company About network of podcasts known for shows with outstanding hosts and quality content in the space of diversity and social justice. The show invites kids to email potential topics or specific questions as a way to crowdsource ideas for future episodes.
Is It Any Good?
The podcast is and outstanding resource for news and media literacy. Sarah Jones Breaks it Down provides interesting and newsworthy information while teaching listeners about journalism. Jones' career exemplifies a highly achieving journalist who's making an impact on the world through her work and empowering the next generation to do the same. Her travels and experiences lead to untold stories and fascinating information about things happening around the world.
The relatively short episodes leave room for discussion between adults and kids to promote further understanding of the topics. The content gives listeners info that can be further discussed at the dinner table, in a classroom, or during a car ride to support kids in understanding relevant news through fact-based journalistic reporting. The interviews and voices of diverse people Jones highlights bring a human-centered feel to the stories shared. Through these people, listeners are offered the opportunity to empathize and understand the direct impact of situations or events on peoples' lives.
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