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Teen In Gaza: I Lost All Of The Hopes I Had

Teen In Gaza: I Lost All Of The Hopes I Had

Salama S. Salama / youthjournalism.org A street in Khanyounis, a city in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. By Ahmed Zaqout Junior Reporter Youth Journalism International KHANYOUNIS, Gaza Strip – I used to think I suffered a lot compared to other teenagers across the world. Lately, though, I realized I didn’t fully know the true meaning of suffering. At first, it was a siege. Because Gaza is confined by a closed border with Egypt on one end and Israel on … Read entire article »

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Bitterness In The Land Of Milk And Honey

Bitterness In The Land Of Milk And Honey

Eli Winter / youthjournalism.org The sun rises over the ancient fort of Masada. By Eli WinterSenior Reporter Youth Journalism International ISRAEL – Israel is a country at once captivating and challenging, truly devastating in its beauty. Everywhere you look, there’s a view that looks like it was made to be put on the front side of a postcard.  There’s the sunrise at the ancient … Read entire article »

Antarctica: Peace, Cold And Penguins

Antarctica: Peace, Cold And Penguins

Antonina Machado / youthjournalism.org Giant icebergs are part of the beauty of Antarctica By Antonina Machado Junior Reporter Youth Journalism International ANTARCTICA – A few months ago, my parents invited me to go on an expedition to Antarctica – it was my mom’s dream. Antonina Machado / youthjournalism.org Whales were the first animals encountered on a journey to Antarctica. To get me interested, my father gave me a book about … Read entire article »

Flight MH17 Is A Stark Reminder Of The Dangers Of Living In A Violent World

Flight MH17 Is A Stark Reminder Of The Dangers Of Living In A Violent World

Caroline Nelissen / youthjournalism.org The windmill in the Dutch town of Harderwijk, where residents, like their fellow citizens across the Netherlands, are mourning the terrible loss of life after the Malaysian Airlines passenger plane MH17 was shot down over Ukraine last week. About two-thirds of the 298 people on board were Dutch. By Caroline Nelissen Senior Correspondent Youth Journalism International TORONTO, Ontario, Canada – As … Read entire article »

Thousands Mourn MH 17 Crash Victims With Silent March In Streets Of Amsterdam

Thousands Mourn MH 17 Crash Victims With Silent March In Streets Of Amsterdam

Myah Guild / youthjournalism.org A crowd marches silently in tribute to the victims of the MH 17 plane crash. By Myah Guild Senior Reporter Youth Journalism International AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands – A large crowd took to the streets in Amsterdam this evening in tribute to those who died aboard the Malaysian Airlines MH 17 plane that was shot down over Ukraine last week. Today, as the … Read entire article »

Bears Go Hungry, But Mosquitos Make A Feast Of Tasty First-Time Campers

Bears Go Hungry, But Mosquitos Make A Feast Of Tasty First-Time Campers

Mugdha Gurram / youthjournalism.org The sunset at Wesley Island State Park By Yelena Samofalova and Mugdha Gurram Reporters Youth Journalism International WESLEY ISLAND STATE PARK, New York, U.S.A. – As first-time campers, we were a bit wary of what to expect the first time we spent the night in the woods. Mary Majerus-Collins /  youthjournalism.org The Toronto Tour 2014  logo Of course, we’d heard about all the usual stuff: … Read entire article »

Beautiful Boldt Castle And Its Sad Love Story

Beautiful Boldt Castle And Its Sad Love Story

Mugdha Gurram / youthjournalism.org The view of the St. Lawrence River from Boldt Castle. By Mugdha Gurram and Yelena Samofalova Reporters YouthJournalism International THOUSAND ISLANDS, New York, U.S.A. – On the border between Canada and the United States, the St. Lawrence River is filled with tons of small islands, some with vacation homes on them and others just covered in trees. One of the biggest … Read entire article »

Sand In Our Shoes: Hiking The Dunes Trail

Sand In Our Shoes: Hiking The Dunes Trail

Mugdha Gurram / youthjournalism.org Part of the Sand Dune Trail at Sandbanks Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada. By Yelena Samofalova, Mugdha Gurram and Mary Majerus-Collins Reporters Youth Journalism International SANDBANKS PROVINCIAL PARK, Ontario, Canada – A circular, winding path leads through the dunes next to Lake Ontario. Gravel, boardwalk and sand compose the path and each step onto the loose wooden planks sends your feet dipping down … Read entire article »

Toronto’s Harbourfront Has Plenty For All

Toronto’s Harbourfront Has Plenty For All

Mugdha Gurram / youthjournalism.org A fire eater performs before a crowd on Toronto’s Harbourfront By Youth Journalism International TORONTO, Canada – Toronto’s Harbourfront draws young people for its views, food and atmosphere. All sorts of people showed up one recent sunny Saturday. Yiqing Zhai, who is 22 and attends Seneca College, said although she lives in Scarporoat, a nearby town, she comes to Toronto often. She … Read entire article »

Toronto Tour 2014: Meeting The City And Each Other, Then Working Together

Toronto Tour 2014: Meeting The City And Each Other, Then Working Together

youthjournalism.org YJI reporters Yelena Samofalova and Mugdha Gurram, both of Connecticut, enjoy the Toronto Harbourfront. By Mugdha Gurram Junior Reporter Youth Journalism International TORONTO, Canada  – Toronto is a large and beautiful city, and we were welcomed kindly by the people we met there, although the collies with us may have had a part in that. Even though we spent most of the day at the … Read entire article »

Toronto Tour 2014: You Don’t Have To Be An Athlete To Enjoy Paddle-Boating

Toronto Tour 2014: You Don’t Have To Be An Athlete To Enjoy Paddle-Boating

youthjournalism.org After their paddle boat excursion on Toronto’s Harbourfront, Lubaba Samin of Toronto and Mary Majerus-Collins of Connecticut sit down and try to put it into words. By Mary Majerus-Collins and Lubaba Samin Reporters Youth Journalism International TORONTO, Canada –  Despite being tiring and a painful reminder of our lack of athleticism, paddle-boating was an exhilarating experience. Mary Majerus-Collins / youthjournalism.org Aside from the time our … Read entire article »

Paddle, Paddle, Paddle Your Boat – If You Can – At Toronto’s Busy Harbourfront

Paddle, Paddle, Paddle Your Boat – If You Can – At Toronto’s Busy Harbourfront

youthjournalism.org YJI reporters Caroline Nelissen, of the Netherlands, and Mugdha Gurram of the United States, try to get their paddle boat out beyond the dock at Toronto’s Harbourfront.  By Caroline Nelissen, Mehran Shamit, Yelena Samofalova and Mugdha Gurram Reporters Youth Journalism International TORONTO, Canada – Paddle-boating is harder than it looks, especially for a bunch of first-timers. Toronto Tour 2014 logo byMary Majerus-Collins In our defense, we came … Read entire article »

Was A Muslim Student Stabbed To Death For Wearing A Hijab In Immigrant-Friendly UK?

Was A Muslim Student Stabbed To Death For Wearing A Hijab In Immigrant-Friendly UK?

By Martina Ghinetti Reporter Youth Journalism International CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom – While the video of British Muslims dancing to the “Happy” tune by Pharrell Williams has gone viral and has sparked a lot of controversy among Muslim communities here in England and abroad, not many have heard the name of Nahid Almanea in the news. Nahid Almanea was a 31-year-old student at the … Read entire article »

Hey, Nicholas Kristof, Help Us Defend Journalism From Your Favorite Charity

Hey, Nicholas Kristof, Help Us Defend Journalism From Your Favorite Charity

By Steve Collins Board president Youth Journalism International I remember sitting through a session some years back with high school journalism teachers concerned that administrators wanted them to cease publishing the names of any students mentioned in the newspapers they advised. Instead of referring to “Mary Smith” or “David Jones” they had been told to use only Mary S. or David J. We … Read entire article »

Inferno Under The Big Top: Survivors Remember The Hartford Circus Fire

Inferno Under The Big Top: Survivors Remember The Hartford Circus Fire

By Tom Vaughn, Yelena Samofalova and Mary Majerus-Collins Reporters Youth Journalism International HARTFORD, Connecticut, U.S.A. – After 70 years, the horrors of the Hartford Circus Fire are still vivid for survivors who escaped the burning Big Top as children. “It was chaos,” said Carol Tillman Parrish, who went to the circus with the Arsenal School summer camp when she was just six years old. As … Read entire article »