WEST HARTFORD, Conn., U.S.A. – Youth Journalism International is tapping the talents of an accomplished alum as a new editor this summer.
YJI named Jessica Elsayed, a student at Denison University in Ohio, as an Associate Editor Friday.
Elsayed, who began writing for YJI in early 2010, quickly rose to prominence within the organization as she covered the Egyptian revolution from her hometown of Alexandria, on Egypt’s Mediterranean coast.
Her stellar work earned her YJI’s first Courage in Journalism award in 2011.
“Jessica has everything it takes to be a great journalist – brains, compassion, curiosity, a desire to tell the story and excellent communication skills,” said Jackie Majerus, YJI’s executive director. “We value her work and are thrilled that she can spend some of her summer break sharing her skills with YJI.”
At Dennison, where Elsayed is a rising junior, she works as an Arabic Teaching Assistant in the Department of Modern Languages.
As an Associate Editor at YJI, Elsayed will coach students around the globe and lend a hand in publishing their work.
Youth Journalism International is an educational non-profit public charity based in Connecticut with students on six continents. It publishes student work at www.yjiblog.org and at www.youthjournalism.org.