Youth Journalism International

Youth Journalism International Youth Journalism International connects teen writers, artists and photographers with peers around the globe, teaches journalism, fosters cross-cultural understanding and promotes and defends a free youth press.
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American-based 501 (c)(3) nonprofit -- or NGO -- devoted to educating young people about journalism, writing and so much more.

Mission: Youth Journalism International is a nonprofit that connects teen writers, artists and photographers with peers around the globe, teaches journalism, fosters cross-cultural understanding, and promotes and defends a free youth press.

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The show must go on, but circus performer Gregory Mays has had to make pandemic adjustments and take his act online, rep...
10/03/2020
The circus show must go on(line) - Youth Journalism International

The show must go on, but circus performer Gregory Mays has had to make pandemic adjustments and take his act online, reports YJI's Sarah Gandluri from Maryland: https://www.youthjournalism.org/the-circus-show-must-go-online/

Clarksburg, Maryland, U.S.A. – The internet has been the main place for interaction today, from school to sports practices. Almost everything is online now to keeping going in a world of uncertainty during the coronavirus pandemic. But some events seem too outlandish to even begin to start operati...

ICUMI: Nigeria recently celebrated 60 years of independence. But the country is sharply divided. Read the latest from YJ...
10/03/2020
Nigeria is divided, so why celebrate independence? - Youth Journalism International

ICUMI: Nigeria recently celebrated 60 years of independence. But the country is sharply divided. Read the latest from YJI's Blessing Udeobasi: https://www.youthjournalism.org/nigeria-is-divided-so-why-celebrate-independence/

Nsugbe, Anambra, NIGERIA – Citizens here celebrate Independence Day in commemoration of Nigeria’s freedom from British colonialism. This special day, which is usually declared a public holiday, is marked by activities performed both nationally and privately in homes. The once joyous annual Indep...

What might art look like in the future? YJI's Xena Frailing in London predicts a lot of new dystopian art.  Senior Illus...
10/02/2020

What might art look like in the future? YJI's Xena Frailing in London predicts a lot of new dystopian art. Senior Illustrator Salma Amrou in Suffolk, Virginia made this illustration to go with Xena's words. #collaboration #city #art #illustrator #artist #dystopian #london #virginia #america #uk #journalism #education #youthjournalisminternational

Take charge of your life, writes YJI's Eya Labidi from Bahrain. Her painting and words are at the link in the bio. #life...
10/02/2020

Take charge of your life, writes YJI's Eya Labidi from Bahrain. Her painting and words are at the link in the bio. #life #journalism #education #youthjournalisminternational #painting #art #artist #bahrain🇧🇭 #self-determination #middleeast

Here's something special. Kristiyan Yulzari, a Reporter with YJI in Bulgaria, made an uplifting mini-documentary (about ...
09/30/2020

Here's something special. Kristiyan Yulzari, a Reporter with YJI in Bulgaria, made an uplifting mini-documentary (about three minutes) about a program in rural Bulgaria that provides intellectually disabled people with opportunities for meaningful work and a better life. The Wonder Garden breaks stereotypes in Bulgaria. See Kristiyan's video, extra photos and a brief write up here, and please share this if you like it: https://www.youthjournalism.org/wonder-garden-cultivates-a-better-life-for-people-with-disabilities/

Watching the U.S. presidential debate was scary and upsetting for high school freshman Sarah Gandluri, a YJI reporter in...
09/30/2020
'The whole debate scared and upset me' - Youth Journalism International

Watching the U.S. presidential debate was scary and upsetting for high school freshman Sarah Gandluri, a YJI reporter in Maryland. Read what she wrote about it: https://www.youthjournalism.org/the-whole-debate-scared-and-upset-me/

Clarksburg, Maryland, U.S.A. – Tuesday’s presidential debate was nothing short of absolutely exhausting. From the first few minutes, I was crooning my head closer to my living room television to make out what the candidates were saying. President Donald Trump constantly interrupted challenger Jo...

A wedding in a pandemic? That's what happened in the family of YJI student reporter Purnima Priyadarsini. Read her first...
09/29/2020

A wedding in a pandemic? That's what happened in the family of YJI student reporter Purnima Priyadarsini. Read her first person account and see more beautiful photos at the link in our bio. #india #bhubaneswar #wedding #ritual #marriage #ceremony #bride #groom #tradition #culture #henna #pandemic #covid19 #journalism #education #youthjournalisminternational

How do you make friends when you're new at school and everything is online? Read this back to school piece by YJI studen...
09/28/2020

How do you make friends when you're new at school and everything is online? Read this back to school piece by YJI student reporter Sarah Gandluri, who reveals the loneliness she faced when school began. #cartoon #art #highschool #covid19 #pandemic #onlineschool #lonliness #backtoschool2020 #journalism #education #youthjournalisminternational

Three little rules and Turkey wouldn't need another pandemic lockdown to keep people from covid-19.  Read YJI student re...
09/28/2020

Three little rules and Turkey wouldn't need another pandemic lockdown to keep people from covid-19. Read YJI student reporter Lina Koksal's view at the link in the bio. #beach #turkey #pandemic #covid19 #izmir #socialdistancing #journalism #education #youthjournalisminternational

For years, she'd longed for a big wedding in the family. Then, after an engagement, came covid-19. Read how Purnima Priy...
09/28/2020

For years, she'd longed for a big wedding in the family. Then, after an engagement, came covid-19. Read how Purnima Priyadarsini's family in Bhubaneswar, India, managed to have the wedding and all the important rituals despite the pandemic. There are gorgeous photos, too. :) https://www.youthjournalism.org/covid-shrunk-our-big-fat-indian-wedding/

Wildfires in the U.S. are sending smoke  across the country,  in some cases creating super colorful sunsets. Some photog...
09/24/2020

Wildfires in the U.S. are sending smoke across the country, in some cases creating super colorful sunsets. Some photographers are raving but YJI's Lyat Melese asks that we think about what is happening to the planet to create those skies. Check out her cartoon here and her piece at the link in the bio. #fire #wildfire #oregon #californiafires #climatechange #journalism #education #youthjournalisminternational #art #cartoon

"The relaxed distance learning policies at my school allow everyone to switch off their microphones and cameras for the ...
09/24/2020

"The relaxed distance learning policies at my school allow everyone to switch off their microphones and cameras for the entirety of classes. I don’t even know what my classmates sound like, let alone how I can make a friend by complimenting their hair," writes Sarah Gandluri, a freshman at a Maryland high school where she knows no one but had hoped to meet new friends. https://www.youthjournalism.org/my-school-zoom-classes-are-desolate-and-friendless/

Domestic violence can be an even bigger problem in a pandemic, when people can be trapped inside. YJI Senior Illustrator...
09/24/2020

Domestic violence can be an even bigger problem in a pandemic, when people can be trapped inside. YJI Senior Illustrator Parnian Shahsavary of Tehran made this powerful drawing to accompany a story by Reporter Holly Hosttler-Davies of Wales. Link in bio. #collaboration #iran #uk #journalism #education #youthjournalisminternational #domesticviolence #domesticabuse #women #children #family #gethelp #covid19 #pandemic #lockdown #quarantine #danger

It's been a year since YJI's glorious concert celebrating the Bill of Rights. The pandemic makes choral singing unsafe r...
09/23/2020

It's been a year since YJI's glorious concert celebrating the Bill of Rights. The pandemic makes choral singing unsafe right now, so let's enjoy memories of a wonderful day. Read YJI co-founder Steve Collins' stirring words of reflection, see some photos, read the program - and watch the video of the music being performed if you really want to be inspired. ❤️ There is also a video of our special guest, Senator Angus S. King, Jr., explaining what the Constitution really does. Not to be missed. https://www.youthjournalism.org/one-year-ago-when-yji-brought-the-bill-of-rights-to-maine/

A vigil  in memory of  U.S.  Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday. YJI Reporter Isabel Slippen too...
09/21/2020

A vigil in memory of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday. YJI Reporter Isabel Slippen took these photos today in White Plains, N.Y. For more on RBG, go to the link in our bio. #notoriousrbg #rbg #scotus #whiteplains #newyork #vigil #riprgb

... and Justice for All.
09/19/2020

... and Justice for All.

09/18/2020

Shanah Tovah, everyone! Have a sweet and peaceful new year! :)

Is 2020 the worst year ever? Can it redeem itself in the last quarter? YJI Senior Illustrator Parnian Shahsavary of Tehr...
09/17/2020

Is 2020 the worst year ever? Can it redeem itself in the last quarter? YJI Senior Illustrator Parnian Shahsavary of Tehran shows us that the rest of the year is yet to be unwrapped. #2020 #dumpsterfire #worstyearever #tehran #iran #artist #illustrator #journalism #education #youthjournalisminternational #art #cartoon #drawing #crystalball #future #hope

Life is slowly changing for the better for the LGBTQ+ community in Morocco, reports Manar Lezaar from Fez: https://www.y...
09/16/2020
Life getting better for Moroccan LGBTQ community - Youth Journalism International

Life is slowly changing for the better for the LGBTQ+ community in Morocco, reports Manar Lezaar from Fez: https://www.youthjournalism.org/life-getting-better-for-moroccan-lgbtq-community/

Fez, MOROCCO – Having a sexual orientation other than straight in Morocco is complicated at best, but seems to be slowly getting better. Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community here have difficulties speaking out and freely expressing themselves as individuals with d...

Sidewalk chalk art in New York. Photo  by Isabel Sliooen for Youth Journalism International.  #blacklivesmatter #blm #si...
09/14/2020

Sidewalk chalk art in New York. Photo by Isabel Sliooen for Youth Journalism International. #blacklivesmatter #blm #sidewalk #sidewalkchalk #art #chalk #streetart #publicart

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Hi! My name is Sierra McDonald and I’m a freshman (9th grade) at Arlington High School where I attend full time. I have three younger siblings (two girls and one boy). I own four dogs, a lizard, a ton of fish, and a ton of hamsters. I am super sarcastic and a smart-ass which I get from my dad, as well as I’m super good with technology like he is. I enjoy reading and writing, I love to write songs although I wish I knew how to play the guitar or the piano. I know how to read music and I can play the clarinet because I used to be in band when I was in middle school (all three years). I love to watch Youtube and play video games, and I love music videos. I love to sing and I’ve always wanted to be a singer but I’m honestly not that good so now as I’m getting older I want to be a cop or a journalist/reporter, or maybe a special needs teacher. I'm new to the program. I would love to make some friends or connect with someone so don't be afraid to comment or message me!
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We run a few different intern programs in South Africa that commences on the 1st of each month - the specific program that I believe may be of interest to your students/group is our Environmental Journalism and Travel Writing Program. To be a successful environmental journalist you must have an understanding of current environmental concerns; be up to date with environmental policy decisions and organisations; understand scientific studies; have knowledge of historical environmental events, and above all else, possess an inquiring and curious mind. Our company is called Oceans Research and it gives students an amazing opportunity to come and learn invaluable new skills, revel in Africa’s unique environment and wildlife, experience first hand what to expect as you embark upon a career as a journalist. Read more about our Journalism Program:http://www.oceans-campus.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/JOUR2016.pdf Read more about our Research Internship Program:http://www.oceans-campus.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/OR2016.pdf Visit us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theoceansgroup/