The Gabinete de Comunicación y Educación UAB publishes the interactive book Pandemials. Adolescence in times of coronavirus. This work, directed by Santiago Tejedor , is the result of the Montserrat Roig Award for journalism and social communication of Barcelona 2020 in the category “Promotion of journalistic research in the field of social welfare in Barcelona”. The journalists and UAB lecturers Plàcid Garcia-Planas, Diana Sanjinés and Cristina Pulido collaborated on the project.
This work presents 10 chronicles of stories of adolescents of different ages, neighbourhoods and profiles who lived through the period of pandemic and confinement in solitude. Loneliness and mental health is the common thread of this interactive multimedia book, which is enriched with QR codes and includes video and audio interviews with experts, surveys and a list of resources and projects related to this topic. The prologue has been written by the writer Martín Caparrós.
“The journalistic research project Pandemials: Adolescence in times of coronavirus presents a descriptive, explanatory and exploratory work on how adolescents in Barcelona have lived the stage of forced confinement imposed by the coronavirus: their longings, their fears, their expectations, their frustrations, their bonds of friendship, their family life and the inevitable management of loneliness”.
The book answers the questions of how the Covid-19 pandemic is emerging and will affect adolescents in the near future, what role adolescents have given to social networks and other technological platforms as a result of the pandemic, how they understand and coexist with loneliness and how their relationship with their families and friends has changed. This includes a survey of 272 teenagers in the province of Barcelona to find out about their experiences of loneliness and 10 interviews with experts, teachers, social educators, anthropologists, journalists and psychologists: Carme Polina , technician of the Municipal Strategy against loneliness 2020-2030 of the Barcelona City Council, José Luis Adam , professor at the Faculty of Education of the International University of Catalonia, Raquel Terribas , Social Educator of the service ‘Aquí t’Escoltem’, Evaristo González , director of Institute and lecturer on ICT, Jaume Clavé , social educator of the service ‘Aquí t’escoltem’, José María Perceval , professor of journalism UAB, Lorena Campo Aráuz , doctor in Health, Psychology and Psychiatry, Joaquín Limonero , coordinator of the Research Group Stress and Health (GIES) of the UAB, Ingeborg Porcar , psychologist and director of the Unit of Trauma, Crisis and Conflicts UAB, and Jordi Grau professor of Social Anthropology UAB.
This research was the winner of the Montserrat Roig Award for journalism and social communication in Barcelona 2020 in the category “Promotion of journalistic research in the field of social welfare in Barcelona“. This award is a Barcelona City Council initiative that has been running for 28 years. Its purpose is to highlight good journalism in Barcelona and to celebrate the legacy of the journalist Montserrat Roig. The award vindicates journalism away from fake news, disinformation and information pollution.
The Gabinete de Comunicación y de Educación is a consolidated group specialised in scientific research and dissemination, which belongs to the Department of Journalism and Communication Sciences of the UAB. Recognised by AGAUR (Agència de Gestió d’Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca) of the Generalitat de Catalunya as a Consolidated Research Group on the basis of its trajectory, projection and development, it develops projects and research in the field of convergence between communication and education. Since its creation, it has developed initiatives aimed at integrating, with awareness and freedom, communication technologies in the so-called global or knowledge society. Under the direction of Santiago Tejedor, the Office organises different master’s degrees, such as the Master’s Degree in Travel Journalism (on-site and online), the Master’s Degree in Communication and Education, the Master’s Degree in Environmental Communication and the Master’s Degree in Political and Electoral Communication Management. The group has a wide and varied collection of publications, in the form of scientific articles, books and book chapters, and other works, which is constantly being renewed. It also has a laboratory for teaching innovation projects, transfer and new formats that are conceived and developed from a perspective based on creativity and multidisciplinary work. Every year, the Cabinet organises an academic expedition that travels the world with students from different universities and degrees. This is the Tahina-Can Expedition, which has been awarded as the best educational project in Spain. It also has the portal Tu Aventura, the educational platform infoEDU and the newsgames and science project Reporteros de la ciencia.