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.
Sep 8, 2015

Students weigh in from around the world

Refugees at a Budapest train station.
Refugees at a Budapest train station.

We'll keep this one short and just give you a taste of what YJI's students have been dong lately.

Yesterday we published a firsthand account of the refugee crisis at the Budapest train station, where one of our new reporters took pictures and listened to frustrated asylum seekers fleeing Syria's nightmares. You can see her story here.

Just before that, we published a piece about a stunning Van Gogh exhibit at a small museum in Massachusetts. You can read that here.

On Monday, we had a news piece about how Nigerians are losing faith in their newly elected president. You can take a look at that one here.

We could go on easily enough, linking you to one terrific story after another, all of them available on our blog and, sometimes a little later, on our website.

But here's one from the archives that we urge you to search out now that we're all thinking about the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. At the time, we published a yearlong journal from a high school senior in St. Bernard Parish, just outside New Orleans, whose home flooded. It is an amazing story, full of grit, hope and hardship. It's easily one of the best things written about Katrina and if you've never seen it, you should. Start here.

Sep 4, 2015

Youth Journalism International spans the globe

A little girl outside Keleti station in Hungary.
A little girl outside Keleti station in Hungary.

We'll keep this one short and just give you a taste of what YJI's students have been dong lately.

Yesterday we published a firsthand account of the refugee crisis at the Budapest train station, where one of our new reporters took pictures and listened to frustrated asylum seekers fleeing Syria's nightmares. You can see her story here.

Just before that, we published a piece about a stunning Van Gogh exhibit at a small museum in Massachusetts. You can read that here.

On Monday, we had a news piece about how Nigerians are losing faith in their newly elected president. You can take a look at that one here.

We could go on easily enough, linking you to one terrific story after another, all of them available on our blog and, sometimes a little later, on our website.

But here's one from the archives that we urge you to search out now that we're all thinking about the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. At the time, we published a yearlong journal from a high school senior in St. Bernard Parish, just outside New Orleans, whose home flooded. It is an amazing story, full of grit, hope and hardship. It's easily one of the best things written about Katrina and if you've never seen it, you should. Start here.

Jul 13, 2015

An update from Youth Journalism International

From the earthquake in Nepal to the murders in a Charleston, South Carolina church, Youth Journalism International students across the globe have been turning out an extraordinary volume of stories and pictures. They constantly astound us.

They’ve written about the Greek debt crisis from Athens, about an abandoned psychiatric hospital on Long Island, about Lake Malawi in Africa, about a hometown in Iowa, about doing yoga in Ethiopia, about Fourth of July celebrations across America, and so much more. We have no doubt you will be impressed with this rising generation of leaders on every continent. You can catch up with their work on our website and our blog, as always. 

But let me tell you this time about our students who attend the University of Nigeria at Nsukka, a particularly enthusiastic and talented group. For the past couple of years, this growing contingent of YJI students has dealt with some of the toughest issues on the planet, including Boko Haram’s massacres and its kidnapping of schoolgirls.

Not long ago, we sent off a package to them, a big box full of YJI t-shirts, magnets and – especially important to them – press passes. When they collected it the other day, they wasted little time putting on their shirts and draping their press passes around their necks.Their joy and pride could not have been more palpable. I think the pictures they sent say it all, really. Here’s one:

From the left: Gideon Arinze, Linus Okechukwu, Mary Ngozi, Festus Iyorah , Nchetachi Chukwuajah, Ifeanyi Onyekere

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