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Photo Essay: Touring Trinity College

Photo Essay: Touring Trinity College

Yang Shanghua / youthjournalism.org The 1933 Gothic style Trinity College Chapel stands out on campus.  Yang Shanghua / youthjournalism.org Inside the chapel, tour guide Jacqueline Bosa, right, tells a tour group about the historic building. Yang Shanghua / youthjournalism.org The front of the chapel. Yang Shanghua / youthjournalism.org The organ in the main chapel at Trinity College contains nearly 5,000 pipes. Yang Shanghua / youthjournalism.org The Long Walk passes the Gothic building that both houses students and contains classroom and office space. Yang Shanghua / … Read entire article »

Filed under: Connecticut, Hartford, Trinity College, Yang Shanghua

Downtime At The Connecticut Capitol

Downtime At The Connecticut Capitol

Yan Haizhao / youthjournalism.org The dome of the Connecticut State Capitol building is as pretty from inside as it is on the exterior. Yan Haizhao / youthjournalism.org The Connecticut State Senate chamber inside the Capitol. Yan Haizhao / youthjournalism.org The Capitol Press Room has all the wonderful quirkiness of any good newsroom. youthjournalism.org Students from Hall High School in West Hartford explored the Connecticut State Capitol with visiting students from China late Tuesday afternoon. There, they met Paul Mounds, who is Gov. … Read entire article »

Filed under: China, Connecticut, government, Hartford, history

State Court Rules 17-Year-Old Has No Right To Reject Chemo

State Court Rules 17-Year-Old Has No Right To Reject Chemo

Kiernan Majerus-Collins / youthjournalism.org The view of the state Supreme Court courtroom where justices heard the case concerning a 17-year-old Connecticut girl with cancer who sought the right to refuse lifesaving treatment. By Kiernan Majerus-Collins Correspondent Youth Journalism International HARTFORD, Connecticut, U.S.A. – A 17-year-old Connecticut girl will continue to receive lifesaving chemotherapy against her wishes, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The Windsor Locks teen — referred to as Cassandra C. in court documents — sought a legal ruling … Read entire article »

Filed under: Connecticut, Hartford, health, Kiernan Majerus-Collins, U.S.A.

Diverse Forum Wrestles With How To Fix America’s “Broken” Political System

Diverse Forum Wrestles With How To Fix America’s “Broken” Political System

Max Turgeon / youthjournalism.org Speakers at The Connecticut Forum earlier this month. Karl Rove, who is speaking, is shown on the large screen. By Max Turgeon Junior Reporter Youth Journalism International HARTFORD, Connecticut, U.S.A. – Presenting panelists of different political views, The Connecticut Forum recently provided an interesting exchange of ideas about what ails America’s political system and how to fix it. The program, “Debating our Broken Political System,” featured columnist Charles Blow of The New York Times, award-winning historian Doris … Read entire article »

Filed under: Connecticut, Democrats, Hartford, Max Turgeon, opinion, politics, Republicans, U.S.A.

Lesson From The Librarian Of Congress: To Understand The World, Read Stories

Lesson From The Librarian Of Congress: To Understand The World, Read Stories

youthjournalism.org Yelena Samofalova of Youth Journalism International interviews Librarian of Congress James Billington.   By Yelena Samofalova Senior Reporter Youth Journalism International HARTFORD, Connecticut, U.S.A. – Stories are essential to understanding the world – far more important than any theory, according to James Billington, America’s Librarian of Congress. “A story always brings people together,” Billington said. “You want to hear the story. You want to know how it ends.”Any good story is worth reading, said Billington, who has led the Library of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Connecticut, Featured, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Hartford, James Billington, Library of Congress, Yelena Samofalova

Congressman James Clyburn Connects Environmental Issues And Health

In an interview with Youth Journalism International Senior Reporter Yelena Samofalova, Congressman James Clyburn talks about his own work on environmental and health issues. Clyburn was in Hartford at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center on Sunday to promote his new book. *** Your tax-deductible contribution can help support this nonprofit at www.HelpYJI.org … Read entire article »

Filed under: Climate change, Connecticut, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Hartford, Rep. James Clyburn, South Carolina, Yelena Samofalova

With ‘Woody Sez,’ TheaterWorks Delivers History Lessons In A Memorable, Fun Way

With ‘Woody Sez,’ TheaterWorks Delivers History Lessons In A Memorable, Fun Way

Mugdha Gurram / youthjournalism.org Woody Guthrie quote along with historical photos information and a guitar on the wall of a gallery at TheaterWorks is on display for the “Woody Sez” show. By Mugda Gurram Reporter Youth Journalism International HARTFORD, Connecticut, U.S.A. – Woody Guthrie is a great but not-well-known figure from America’s cultural history. Although history can be a dull topic for some folks, TheaterWorks production of “Woody Sez” tells the life story of American folk-legend Guthrie in a fun … Read entire article »

Filed under: Connecticut, Hartford, Mugdha Gurram, reviews, theater, theater review, TheaterWorks, U.S.A.

Congressman: U.S. Can Unite Against ISIS, Confront Terrorists With Global Support

Congressman: U.S. Can Unite Against ISIS, Confront Terrorists With Global Support

By Mugdha Gurram Reporter Youth Journalism International HARTFORD, Connecticut, U.S.A. – Taking action against ISIS over the brutal murders of two American journalists – and concern for what the terrorists might do next – could be something that unites Congress and the nation, said U.S. Rep. John Larson. Larson, a Connecticut Democrat, condemned Congress for its lack of action on ISIS or other matters. He called for President Obama to come before Congress and ask them to vote on … Read entire article »

Filed under: Connecticut, Hartford, journalism, Mugdha Gurram, news, terrorism, U.S. Rep. John Larson, U.S.A., War

Photo Essay: Hartford Circus Fire Memorial

Photo Essay: Hartford Circus Fire Memorial

Youth Journalism International reporter Tom Vaughn visited the Hartford Circus Fire Memorial recently and captured these images. Seventy years ago this month, 168 people, many of them children, perished in that terrible fire under the Big Top. Vaughn and other YJI reporters wrote about some of the survivors in this story. The memorial is behind the Wish School at 350 Barbour St. in Hartford, Connecticut. Tom Vaughn / youthjournalism.org A marker at the entrance to the Hartford Circus Fire … Read entire article »

Filed under: Connecticut, Hartford, Hartford Circus Fire, Tom Vaughn, U.S.A.

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 Parrish watched from the bleachers, she saw a woman on a high wire on a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Connecticut, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Hartford, Hartford Circus Fire, Mark Twain House, Mary Majerus-Collins, Tom Vaughn, Yelena Samofalova

Cooperating Across Party Lines To Defend High School Internet Access Rights

Cooperating Across Party Lines To Defend High School Internet Access Rights

youthjournalism.org As Max Turgeon, a Newington High School student, speaks at a press conference on student internet access rights at the Connecticut state Capitol Monday, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat listens to the left and Connecticut state Sen. Rob Kane, a Watertown Republican, listens to the right. Most of the others are debate students.  By Alan Burkholder Reporter Youth Journalism International HARTFORD, Connecticut, U.S.A. – Being home for the summer is not always as nice as it sounds. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alan Burkholder, Chris Murphy, Connecticut, free speech, Hartford, Kiernan Majerus-Collins, U.S.A.

Holding Inspiration In My Hand, Managing Loss, And Realizing What’s Important

Holding Inspiration In My Hand, Managing Loss, And Realizing What’s Important

youthjournalism.org The rock that Nelba Márquez-Greene gave to Matthew Albrecht   By Matthew Albrecht Junior Reporter Youth Journalism International HARTFORD, Connecticut, U.S.A. – I met many inspiring people at the Peace in Connecticut conference Thursday, but one woman stood out.  Nelba Márquez-Greenelost her daughter Ana in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown in 2012. In her grief, she founded The Ana Grace Project, which works to keeps Ana’s memory alive and spread the message, “Love Wins.”  I had the good fortune … Read entire article »

Filed under: Connecticut, Featured, Hartford, Matthew Albrecht, Nelba Márquez-Greene, Newtown, nonviolence, peace, Sandy Hook Elementary School, school violence, U.S.A.

Using His Own Troubled Past To Lead Inner City Youth Away From Violence And Gangs

Using His Own Troubled Past To Lead Inner City Youth Away From Violence And Gangs

By Mugdha Gurram Reporter Youth Journalism International HARTFORD, Connecticut, U.S.A. – Taking another person’s life indisputably changes a person. When Kenny Jackson found himself in prison after shooting someone at point-blank range, he was in the same situation as a lot of inner-city youths. But he said he came out of this experience as a better man. After spending 14 years behind bars, he told an audience at the Peace in Connecticut conference Thursday that he regrets his decisions, but … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bridgeport, Connecticut, Hartford, Mugdha Gurram, nonviolence, peace, U.S.A.

Stowe Prize: Students Inspire Through Action

Stowe Prize: Students Inspire Through Action

youthjournalism.org Panelists at the Student Stowe Prize event earlier this month at the Immanuel Congregational Church in Hartford. From left, John Dankosky, Patricia Russo, JoAnn Price, Donya Nasser, Madeline Sachs. By Mugdha Gurram Junior Reporter Youth Journalism International HARTFORD, Connecticut, U.S.A. – How often have we ever looked around our own society and acknowledged how much change needs to take place? For a lot of people, the answer is probably often. But how often do we actually take steps towards … Read entire article »

Filed under: Connecticut, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Hartford, Mugdha Gurram, Stowe Center, Student Stowe Prize, U.S.A.

See YJI Today At Stowe Center Inspiration To Action Fair In Hartford, Connecticut

See YJI Today At Stowe Center Inspiration To Action Fair In Hartford, Connecticut

Poster courtesy of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center Youth Journalism International will be at the Inspiration to Action fair, an annual event put on by the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, this afternoon. The fair runs from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and is followed by a panel discussion with winners of the Student Stowe Prize. If you are in the Hartford area, stop by and see us there! … Read entire article »

Filed under: Connecticut, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Hartford, Inspiration to Action Fair, Student Stowe Prize