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#RememberingJim

#RememberingJim

  We post this photo today in memory of James Foley, a gifted and brave American journalist who was brutally murdered last month by ISIS terrorists. Foley had been working in Syria in November 2012 when he was abducted. We want his family, friends and colleagues to know that his life inspires us at Youth Journalism International, which helps students worldwide, including in the most troubled places, to tell their stories.  Here is a link to this … Read entire article »

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In Gaza, Life Itself Is The Cause

In Gaza, Life Itself Is The Cause

Salama S. Salama / youthjournalism.org A boy takes part in the celebration of the cease-fire in Khanyounis on Tuesday. By Ahmad Zaqout Reporter Youth Journalism International KHANYOUNIS, Gaza Strip – The poet Rumi wrote that the wound is the place where the Light enters. If that is so, Gaza today is flooded with light. The cease-fire came at 7 p.m. Jerusalem time Tuesday. It was the … Read entire article »

St. Louis Area Teens Want Peace

St. Louis Area Teens Want Peace

By Sydney Hallett Reporter Youth Journalism International OAKVILLE, Missouri – More than two weeks after a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen, students in a neighboring suburb aren’t sure whether the riots that followed did any good. Students from Oakville High School, a mostly-white suburban high school in St. Louis only about a half-hour drive from Ferguson, … Read entire article »

Tears Flow In Gaza, But Of Happiness Over Cease-Fire Agreement With Israel

Tears Flow In Gaza, But Of Happiness Over Cease-Fire Agreement With Israel

By Dalia Al-Najjar Junior Reporter Youth Journalism International KHANYOUNIS, Gaza Strip – One hour before the long-term cease-fire agreement announcement: Cautious waiting. Wishful thinking. Everyone trying to summon up all the pain, all the sadness and all the anguish to sigh it out from our exhausted lungs. All the bewildered eyes gazing upon the TV screen, carefully listening to every word and those tentative words … Read entire article »

Safety Is Syrian School’s Biggest Challenge

Safety Is Syrian School’s Biggest Challenge

Ghazal Al Tabaa / youthjournalism.org The Little Village School outside of Damascus, Syria. In 2012, the school relocated to a new location inside the city for safety reasons. By Leen Othman  Junior Reporter Youth Journalism International DAMASCUS, Syria – The ministry of education in Syria has a key motto: We raise, then teach. It is a sentence that all teachers have reiterated to our ears over … Read entire article »

Journalist James Foley Put His Life On The Line For Truth And Deserves Our Respect

Journalist James Foley Put His Life On The Line For Truth And Deserves Our Respect

Journalist James Foley in Tripoli, Libya in August, 2011. Photo by Jonathan Pedneault, used with permission through the www.freejamesfoley.org website.   By Eli Winter Senior Reporter Youth Journalism International HOUSTON, Texas, U.S.A. – He risked his life for our news. I write this, sitting in a safe neighborhood in greater Houston, with headphones on and internet connected, far removed from any and all conflict, barring … Read entire article »

What If Your New College Friends Can’t Find Your Home Country On A World Map?

What If Your New College Friends Can’t Find Your Home Country On A World Map?

youthjournalism.org YJI reporter Evangeline Han on her arrival in the United States on August 13, 2013, after a 32-hour journey with little sleep. By Evangeline Han Reporter Youth Journalism International SHAWNEE, Oklahoma, U.S.A. – A year ago, I flew from my home in Melaka, Malaysia to the United States to go to college at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee. I did not know a single person … Read entire article »

Photo Stop: Fisherman’s Bastion In Hungary

Photo Stop: Fisherman’s Bastion In Hungary

Dina El Halawany / youthjournalism.org A popular lookout spot, Fisherman’s Bastion in Budapest, Hungary, draws a lot of tourists. YJI’s Dina El Halawany took this photo on a recent visit. *** Your tax-deductible contribution can help support this nonprofit at www.HelpYJI.org #call_to_action h4{padding:0px 5px;} … Read entire article »

The Bridge That Connects Buda And Pest

The Bridge That Connects Buda And Pest

Dina El Halawany / youthjournalism.org Spanning the Danube River and connecting Buda and Pest, the Chain Bridge was rebuilt after being damaged in World War II. Dina El Halawany / youthjournalism.org A view from a Danube River cruise of the Hungarian parliament building in Budapest. ***  Your tax-deductible contribution can help support this nonprofit at  www.HelpYJI.org #call_to_action h4{padding:0px 5px;} … Read entire article »

Photo Stop: The Beautiful Palace And Gardens Of Schönbrunn In Vienna, Austria

Photo Stop: The Beautiful Palace And Gardens Of Schönbrunn In Vienna, Austria

Dina El  Halawany / youthjournalism.org On her travels in Europe, YJI reporter Dina El Halawany of Alexandria, Egypt visited the Gardens Of Schönbrunn in Vienna, Austria and stopped to make this photo.  ***  Your tax-deductible contribution can help support this nonprofit at  www.HelpYJI.org #call_to_action h4{padding:0px 5px;} … Read entire article »

Nigerian Students Learn How To Protect Themselves Against Deadly Ebola Virus

Nigerian Students Learn How To Protect Themselves Against Deadly Ebola Virus

Festus Iyorah / youthjournalism.org Students at the University of Nigeria in Nsukka joined in a campaign to raise awareness of the Ebola virus and how people can protect themselves from it. Festus Iyorah Reporter Youth Journalism International NSUKKA, Enugu, Nigeria – Students must be conscious and hygienic in order to curb the deadly Ebola virus, biochemistry, Professor Henry Onwubiko said Friday at a health conference … Read entire article »

Missouri Rioting Must Stop, For Michael Brown And For The Good Of St. Louis

Missouri Rioting Must Stop, For Michael Brown And For The Good Of St. Louis

By Sydney Hallett Junior Reporter Youth Journalism International ST. LOUIS, Missouri, U.S.A. – One city. One officer. One bullet. One teenager. It started with the death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Saturday, Aug. 9. How it came to happen and what exactly happened that night isn’t clear, but the aftermath of Brown’s death fired … Read entire article »

Brazilian Presidential Candidate Dies In Crash

Brazilian Presidential Candidate Dies In Crash

By Maria Luiza Lago Reporter Youth Journalism International CURITIBA, Brazil – In an accident that shocked Brazilian people, presidential candidate Eduardo Campos died Wednesday in a plane crash in Santos, São Paulo. News reports indicated that the 49 years-old presidential candidate died along with several others from his campaign and the plane’s pilots on the way to campaign stops. The cause of the crash … Read entire article »

Insider’s Guide: Making The Most Of Your Year As A Foreign Exchange Student

Insider’s Guide: Making The Most Of Your Year As A Foreign Exchange Student

Photo provided Getting involved in a sport can be a way to learn about your host country and make new friends. Here, senior members of the spring track team at E.O. Smith High School in Storrs, Connecticut include Nathaly Gracia Rodriguez of Ecador. From left: Meghan Powers, Jessica Li, Emily Tomanelli, Nina Franzen, Emily Sweeney, Michelle Runge, Rodriguez, Codi Bierce and Cassie Schmitt. By Nathaly Gracia Rodriguez Junior Reporter Youth … Read entire article »

It’s Time – Don’t Wait To Prepare For School

It’s Time – Don’t Wait To Prepare For School

Sara O’Hagan / youthjournalism.org Enjoy the summer while it lasts, as these young people were recently doing poolside in sunny Albuferia, Portugal. By Sara O’Hagan Junior Reporter Youth Journalism International DERRY, Ireland – Summer is nearly over. Yes, I know it’s upsetting because it’s that time again: back to school. Well, here I am: 17 years old and ready to begin my final year … Read entire article »