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European Journey Stops In German Capital

European Journey Stops In German Capital

Myah Guild / youthjournalism.org Inside the Holocaust memorial in Berlin, Germany. Berlin “Striking and Diverse” 3 stars By Myah Guild Senior Reporter Youth Journalism International BERLIN, Germany – As a history fanatic, I eagerly anticipated my visit to Berlin. We arrived into the worst thunderstorm I’ve ever seen. The rain was falling down in sheets that drenched you the minute you stepped outside. It was leaking through the shelters, and the lightning was so close, I thought it might hit the station. Despite the most … Read entire article »

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Today And Every Day, YJI Needs Your Help

Today And Every Day, YJI Needs Your Help

Your tax-deductible contribution can help support this nonprofit at www.HelpYJI.org Please consider supporting the work of Youth Journalism International with a contribution today @ www.HelpYJI.org or sign up there as a monthly donor. That’s one of the best ways to help. Youth Journalism International is a consistently “top-rated” non-profit organization at Great Non-Profits with testimonies like this one from Jeff Ducharme, who teaches photojournalism … Read entire article »

Boko Haram Terror Attacks: Even When The News Is Awful, He Cannot Turn Away

Boko Haram Terror Attacks: Even When The News Is Awful, He Cannot Turn Away

By Linus Okechukwu Senior Reporter Youth Journalism International NSUKKA, Enugu, Nigeria – Growing up as a youth in a country ravaged by insurgency and senseless communal clashes is a tragedy better imagined than experienced. But waking up with the premonition that there could yet be another bomb attack and fatalities is even worse. But what can we do when a group of cold-blooded terrorists … Read entire article »

St. Louis Reacts To Ferguson Grand Jury

St. Louis Reacts To Ferguson Grand Jury

By Sydney Hallett Reporter Youth Journalism International OAKVILLE, Missouri, U.S.A. – A split television screen this evening showed protesters gathering in Ferguson and chanting in unison on the left side while the prosecutor for St. Louis County spoke on the right side, explaining why a grand jury chose not to indict police Officer Darren Wilson in the controversial Aug. 9 shooting of an … Read entire article »

Don’t Expect Much From ‘Mockingjay’ And You Might Not Be Disappointed

Don’t Expect Much From ‘Mockingjay’ And You Might Not Be Disappointed

Mockingjay publicity photo By Lauren Pope Reporter Youth Journalism International BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom – As a fan of The Hunger Games trilogy, I had long awaited and much anticipated MockingjayPart 1. A whole year’s worth of anticipation, in fact, but as much as I hate to admit it, the first half of the third installment to the series wasn’t all that great. The film … Read entire article »

Pandas: The Highlight Of The National Zoo

Pandas: The Highlight Of The National Zoo

Van Nguyen / youthjournalism.org An elephant at the National Zoo. By Mugdha Gurram Reporter Youth Journalism International WASHINGTON, D.C. – It’s fun, it’s free, and it was only about a 10-minute walk from our hotel, so of course we took the time to go visit the National Zoo. We were probably most excited about seeing the giant pandas, and we were not disappointed. The pandas were out, … Read entire article »

Bracing For Possible Violence In Ferguson

Bracing For Possible Violence In Ferguson

By Sydney Hallett Reporter Youth Journalism International OAKVILLE, Missouri, U.S.A. – They wait. The citizens of Ferguson and protesters around the United States wait for the grand jury to make a decision whether to charge Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown last August. As the grand jury makes a decision whether to charge Wilson, both the Missouri National Guard … Read entire article »

Woodward To Student Journalists: Do Your Research, Then Go Out And Get The Story

Woodward To Student Journalists: Do Your Research, Then Go Out And Get The Story

youthjournalism.org An overflow crowd of student journalists and teachers filled a Washington, D.C. hotel ballroom to hear legendary journalist Bob Woodward deliver the keynote address at the National Scholastic Press Association. The students greeted Woodward with a standing ovation. By Mugdha Gurram Reporter Youth Journalism International WASHINGTON, D.C. – Young reporters need to get out and talk to people if they want a good story, … Read entire article »

Up Close And Personal With The Berlin Wall

Up Close And Personal With The Berlin Wall

Mugdha Gurram / youthjournalism.org Part of the Berlin Wall, on display at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. By Sydney Hallett Reporter Youth Journalism International WASHINGTON, D.C. – The West Side: Artistically represented with vibrant colors. Someone spray painted the words “Act Up!” across the wall, indicating the freedom that the citizens had on that side. You could tell that a thriving community flourished there under … Read entire article »

Newseum Displays Unforgettable Images

Newseum Displays Unforgettable Images

Van Nguyen / youthjournalism.org The broadcast antenna of the World Trade Center’s North Tower, destroyed in the terrorist attack of Sept. 11, 2001. Behind the tower are newspaper front pages from that time. By Van Ngoc Nguyen Reporter Youth Journalism International WASHINGTON, D.C. – While attending the fall conference of National Scholastic Press Association, I had the precious opportunity to visit the Newseum. This museum of … Read entire article »

FBI Artifacts, The Berlin Wall, Unabomber Cabin And More – The Newseum Has It All

FBI Artifacts, The Berlin Wall, Unabomber Cabin And More – The Newseum Has It All

Mugdha Gurram / youthjournalism.org An open air balcony on the top floor of the Newseum offers a spectacular view of the U.S. Capitol. The flags of the Canadian embassy hang from the building next door. By Mugdha Gurram Reporter Youth Journalism International WASHINGTON, D.C. – With exhibits that included a piece of the Berlin Wall and others that focused on 9/11 and years of Pulitzer … Read entire article »

Students Swarm Exhibit Booths At Washington Journalism Conference

Students Swarm Exhibit Booths At Washington Journalism Conference

Mugdha Gurram / youthjournalism.org Students attending the National Scholastic Press Association’s fall conference in Washington, D.C. last week spent some of their time at the exhibit booths. Colleges tried to attract potential pupils, yearbook companies pitched to students and advisors and the non-profit Youth Journalism International, tucked in a back corner, provided information about its annual Excellence in Journalism contest. Mugdha Gurram … Read entire article »

SportsCenter Anchor Jay Harris Advises Student Journalists: Don’t Ever Give Up

SportsCenter Anchor Jay Harris Advises Student Journalists: Don’t Ever Give Up

By Van Ngoc Nguyen Reporter Youth Journalism International WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a down-to-earth and entertaining way, ESPN anchor Jay Harris offered useful advice recently to student journalists at the National Scholastic Press Association’s fall conference last week. “From today on, shine, just shine,” said Harris, who anchors the 6 p.m. edition of SportsCenter. Harris, a keynote speaker at last week’s conference, talked about his … Read entire article »

YJI Takes To The Road In New Vehicle, Connects Students In Washington, D.C.

YJI Takes To The Road In New Vehicle, Connects Students In Washington, D.C.

youthjournalism.org Mugdha Gurram of Connecticut, Tamar Gorgadze of Virginia and Van Nguyen of Hanoi, Vietnam became friends through a Youth Journalism International trip to Washington, D.C. Last week, six young people who were strangers to each other met in Washington, D.C. through Youth Journalism International and emerged as colleagues and friends. Coming from vastly different backgrounds, they put aside any differences and shared … Read entire article »

Honoring Veterans, Revisiting Normandy

Honoring Veterans, Revisiting Normandy

On Veterans Day, 70 years after the D-Day invasion, let’s revisit a 2005 piece by an Irish student, Niamh Ni Mhaoileoin, who visited the military cemeteries at Normandy and offered insight about what she saw and felt: Niamh Ni Mhaoileoin / youthjournalism.org One of the cemeteries at Normandy. No soldier deserves to die It was seven o’clock on an uncharacteristically grey and cool morning … Read entire article »