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Journalism Contest Honors Youth Worldwide

Journalism Contest Honors Youth Worldwide

WEST HARTFORD, Conn., U.S.A. – Young writers, photographers and artists from across the globe took home prizes in the Youth Journalism International 2015 Excellence in Journalism contest. Annie Schugart, a standout editor for a suburban Kansas City high school paper who’s now a freshman at Harvard University, took top honors as this year’s Student Journalist of the Year. Competition was stiff in nearly every category, with more than 130 awards in about three dozen categories going to … Read entire article »

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Massive Earthquake Strikes Nepal, Spares City Of Pokhara, But Terrifies Its People

Massive Earthquake Strikes Nepal, Spares City Of Pokhara, But Terrifies Its People

Nischal Kharel / youthjournalism.org Part of Pokhara, Nepal, where people felt a giant earthquake hours ago but were spared the damage suffered in other parts of the country. By Nischal Kharel Reporter Youth Journalism International POKHARA, Nepal – Shortly before noon, while I was working on something for college at my friend’s house, the book rack started shaking.We immediately realized that it was an earthquake. We thought … Read entire article »

Grieving Ethiopians United Against ISIS

Grieving Ethiopians United Against ISIS

By Dawit Leake Junior Reporter Youth Journalism International ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – The murderous attack on Ethiopians by ISIS terrorists shocked Ethiopians, who learned about it in a video released April 19. The mood then quickly shifted as everyone started crying. There have been marches and the nation is an official mourning period until Saturday. The beheading of our fellow citizens on a beach in … Read entire article »

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon Excites Crowds Before UK Election

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon Excites Crowds Before UK Election

By Robert Guthrie Senior Reporter Youth Journalism International DUMFRIES, Scotland – In a recent visit, Scotland’s leader, alongside the nation’s most important group of politicians connected with voters in Dumfries and listened to the public ahead of next month’s general election in the United Kingdom. In keeping her vow of being the ‘most accessible’ first minister ever, Nicola Sturgeon, the member of Scottish Parliament … Read entire article »

Living In Jersey, But Schooled In NYC

Living In Jersey, But Schooled In NYC

Jeremy Pulmano / youthjournalism.org A panorama of Broad Street, Bloomfield, New Jersey. Click on the photo to enlarge. By Jeremy Pulmano Junior Reporter Youth Journalism International BLOOMFIELD, New Jersey, U.S.A. – I’ve lived in Bloomfield, New Jersey for four years, and I have not had a problem with it. However, the fact of the matter is that nothing happens here. Bloomfield is the epitome of boring. … Read entire article »

Night Train: Tambaram Station, Chennai

Night Train: Tambaram Station, Chennai

Jereme Kennedy / youthjournalism.org Two views of the Tambaram railway station in the city of Chennai, India.  *** Your tax-deductible contribution can help support this nonprofit at www.HelpYJI.org #call_to_action h4{padding:0px 5px;} … Read entire article »

Avoiding A Close Encounter With A Snake

Avoiding A Close Encounter With A Snake

Olivia Wright and Kitty, her boa constrictor. Wright, who loves reptiles, offers tips for those who don’t share her passion. She says Kitty is “a real sweetheart.” By Olivia Wright Junior Reporter Youth Journalism International NASHVILLE, Tennessee, U.S.A. – Spring is a season of sun, flowers, April showers, and … reptiles. After months of brumation, or dormancy, they are just as eager as we are … Read entire article »

Nigerians Mark A Year Since Boko Haram Terrorists Kidnapped Chibok Schoolgirls

Nigerians Mark A Year Since Boko Haram Terrorists Kidnapped Chibok Schoolgirls

Arinze Chijioke / youthjournalism.org Salamatu Usman called the kidnapping of the Chibok girls a crime against humanity. By Linus Okechukwu Correspondent Youth Journalism International ENUGU, Nigeria – It was a mild Monday morning on April 14, 2014 as commuters around Nigeria’s capital Abuja prepared to take on the day and eke out a living. As it was the morning rush hour, commuters at the Nyanya bus … Read entire article »

Schoolgirls Still Missing A Year Later

Schoolgirls Still Missing A Year Later

By Festus Iyorah Senior Reporter Youth Journalism International IBADAN, Oyo, Nigeria – Nigerians shifted their attention from the recently concluded national election as they remembered the first year anniversary of the more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists.  After a myriad of terrorist attacks in northern Nigeria, Boko Haram – which is striving to create an Islamic state – ignited global … Read entire article »

From A Nigerian Sister, An Open Letter To The Kidnapped Chibok Girls, A Year Later

From A Nigerian Sister, An Open Letter To The Kidnapped Chibok Girls, A Year Later

By Mary Umeoguaju Junior Reporter Youth Journalism International Anambra, Nigeria April 14, 2015 My dear sisters, How are you? Hope you are fine and in good health. These questions seem to be insignificant to ask of my sisters who have been missing in Chibok since 14th of April 2014, but I still think we need to ask them. It’s been a year and I haven’t heard from you … Read entire article »

We Must Cry, Until The Missing Girls Return

We Must Cry, Until The Missing Girls Return

By Nchetachi Chukwuajah Junior Reporter Youth Journalism International ABIA, Nigeria – When in 1948 South African author Alan Paton chose to entitle his book Cry, the Beloved Country, it probably did not occur to him that Nigeria would need to do that after over five decades. Nigeria should cry, wail even, that after 365 days it was not able to deliver more than 200 … Read entire article »

One Year After Their Kidnapping, The Missing Chibok Girls Are Not Forgotten

One Year After Their Kidnapping, The Missing Chibok Girls Are Not Forgotten

By Ifeanyi Onyekere Junior Reporter Youth Journalism International OJI RIVER, Enugu, Nigeria – That time can heal the deepest pain or wound could sometimes be untrue especially when you lose possessions dear to you. It could die in the minds of others, in media headlines, in top discussions, but not in your heart. It’s the pain that sleeps and wakes with you, a heavy … Read entire article »

The Great Gatsby – Still Fresh At Age 90

The Great Gatsby – Still Fresh At Age 90

By Sydney Hallett Reporter Youth Journalism International OAKVILLE, Missouri, U.S.A. – In a 1920s tale of gluttony, greed, and societal lust, author F. Scott Fitzgerald penned The Great Gatsby. Published in 1925 – 90 years ago – The Great Gatsby tells the story of upper class society through the eyes of Nick, the middle-class cousin of the main love interest, Daisy Buchanan, and friend … Read entire article »

Excitement Building Among Rugby Fans

Excitement Building Among Rugby Fans

By Felicity Rodger Junior Reporter Youth Journalism International EDINBURGH, United Kingdom – A game of passion, rivalry and pride, rugby is loved by fans across the world. Every four years, these fans gather to witness the greats of the sport battle to win the Webb Ellis Cup, named for a young English school boy who is credited with creating rugby.This competition is the equivalent … Read entire article »

She’s ‘Divergent’ On ‘Insurgent,’ But Ultimately Finds Sequel Enjoyable

She’s ‘Divergent’ On ‘Insurgent,’ But Ultimately Finds Sequel Enjoyable

Publicity photo from the Divergent Series Facebook page By Lauren Pope Reporter Youth Journalism International BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom – Nowadays there seems to be a theme running throughout Hollywood. Movie producers have figured out that if you take a popular young adult novel and turn it into a film, along comes a pre-made fan base, and therefore many bodies to fill up cinema seats. … Read entire article »