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Nov 22, 2011

From the heart of Egypt's revolution

Youth Journalism International's student reporters and photographers are hard at work trying to show the world what's happening right now in Egypt, as people again take to the streets in a bid to finish the January 25 Revolution.

Yasser Alaa, a YJI photographer in Alexandria, Egypt, came back last night with three pictures and a terrifying account of braving rubber bullets and tear gas to get them. This isn't what we ask of our students -- keeping safe is most important, in fact -- but there was no stopping Yasser from being out there in the middle of the demonstration with his friends, neighbors and countrymen.

In Cairo, Lama Tawakkol weighed in with a lengthy, clear analysis of what's happened in Egypt since last winter's 18 day revolt bounced Hosni Mubarak from office. Her piece explains why the people are occupying Tahrir Square again and what it means. It's a wonderful story, from a girl who cares what happens.

We have other students in Egypt working on other stories, too, but they're not done yet.

While we aren't usually in the middle of a revolution, YJI students around the world are constantly surprising us with terrific tales, pictures, drawings and video. They are amazing.

In just the past week, we've had a story from Armenia about Apple co-founded Steve Wozniak's visit there, a story from Connecticut about National Novel Writing Month, a picture of a Detroit church, a stunning portrait of the Portland, Oregon Occup Portland camp just before its removal and much, much more.

You can keep up with all of it by checking YJI's blog regularly. It's at www.YJIblog.org.

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Youth Journalism International

United States, West Hartford, United States
http://www.youthjournalism.org

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Steve Collins

West Hartford, CT United States

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