July 21, 2010

New Tattoo issue covers Arcadia, Paris and Brisbane

Youth Journalism International writer Kayley Willis doesn't let a couple of ornery alligators stop her from showing off her YJI t-shirt in Louisiana.

A new Tattoo issue -- available at www.ReadTheTattoo.com -- has several top travel pieces. One is a hometown story about Brisbane, Australia by Youth Journalism International newcomer Nancy Hsu. Another features photographs from Paris on Bastille Day, taken by YJI veteran Caroline Nelissen of the Netherlands. And finally we have a story on what makes Acadia National Park in Maine such a wonderful spot.
YJI Senior Reporter Kiernan Majerus-Collins writes in his Acadia story that he "can understand why President Barack Obama and his family chose to vacation at Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island in Maine. The real question is, why would they want to go back to Washington?" There are lots of photographs as well, by both Kiernan and Mary Majerus-Collins.
We're so blessed to have all these wonderful, talented, idealistic and energetic young journalists spread across the globe, working together to showcase a new generation on the rise. They are learning to reach out to one another to create a more diverse and stronger world. YJI, with its firm faith in the future, is doing everything it can to give a voice to the teens and students who are going to inherit our institutions and our world.
Youth Journalism International is a 501(c)(3) public educational charity, which allows donors to get a tax deduction for contributions and opens the door for possible grants to help YJI flourish as never before. If you're in a position to help financially, you can find information on how to donate at www.youthjournalism.org.
The Tattoo, which started in The Bristol Press in 1994, has become the world's leading online teen-written newspaper. We've had 218 issues so far and won tons of journalism awards -- 17 first-place awards from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists since 1998; 34 National Gold Key awards from the National Newspaper Association and the Quill and Scroll Society since 1997; 55 Scholastic Press Forum awards since 1999; and the Suburban Newspapers Association's award for Best Young People's Coverage in both 2002 and 2005, as well as its feature writing award in 2007; along with a Distinguished Service Award from the Connecticut Committee for Youth Suicide Prevention in 1997.

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