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Volume 17, No. 9 - January 11, 2011

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New Year's Eve around the globe


Youth Journalism International's blog welcomed the new year with students across the globe writing stories and sending pictures about their customs and celebrations as last year rolled into 2011. You can see all of it on the blog at or follow the links below for a taste of the package. The YJI symbols on the map indicate where the YJI students who participated live. (Map by Robert Guthrie /




A New Year's Eve celebration in Malaysia

By Evangeline Han in MELAKA, Malaysia I have never celebrated New Year's Eve with a bang. Read the whole story.



Viking ships in flames; it's Hogmanay in Scotland


By Robert Guthrie in DUMFRIES, Scotland -- “Hogmanay” – yes, I know what you’re thinking. It’s a weird word. But believe it or not, it is the Scots’ word for “Last Day of The Year” and is a night of many superstitions, traditions, and fun. Read the whole story.



Karachi welcomes 2011 with fireworks


By Walid Tariq in KARACHI, Pakistan -- New Year’s gets maximum attention here from the media and those who just love the idea of a new beginning. Read the whole story.



Braai is essential to South African New Year's Eve


By Mariechen Puchert in EAST LONDON, South Africa -- Greetings from a rainy East London, South Africa! Read the whole story.


Fondue and oliebollen ring in Dutch new year


By Caroline Nelissen in ERMELO, Netherlands - This year we celebrated New Year's with a fondue. We also traditionally have champagne and what we call "oliebollen," or oilballs, that consist of lumps of deep-fried dough.  Read the whole story.

Leapin' lizards, she's babysitting in Michigan on New Year's Eve


By Monica Blaze in WIXOM, Michigan, U.S.A. – Most people are out on New Year’s Eve. Crazy parties top the lists of adults and even teens. However, some teens aren’t as fortunate. Some of us are forced to babysit, and I was one of the chosen. Read the whole story.

To see all of the New Year's Eve posts,  follow this link.


  Read Samantha Perez's stunning journal of hope and survival during America's worst natural disaster.

Shooting in Tucson

By Mariah Pulver in TUCSON, Arizona, U.S.A. Saturday’s shooting of a congresswoman in Arizona is a day that will go down in history, but to me it’s even more personal than that.

My house is eight miles from where the shooting happened – at a shopping center where I go to frequently, a place that I drive by every single day.

When I think about the people that were killed or injured, I know that it could have been my family or my friends. Luckily, my family was safe, but the families of others were not so fortunate.

Six people were killed, including a 9-year-old year girl, three elderly residents, a federal judge and Gifford’s community outreach director. Read whole story

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

Join Youth Journalism International and get a real education

Young writers, photographers, cartoonists and other journalists are encouraged to join YJI now and add your name to the high-achieving teens across the globe who belong. It is free to participate. Please see for more information.

Flooding in Australia

Brisbane resident Lisa Hong, who is a medical student at Griffith University, standing shin deep in floodwaters in the West End section of the city, close to the central business district. 
Photo by Linna Hong

Please see the Youth Journalism International Blog to follow ongoing coverage by YJI's Nancy Hsu of the horrible flooding taking place in and around Brisbane, Australia.


Christmas in Armenia


By Narine Daneghyan in YEREVAN, Armenia While Christmas falls on December 25 for many of the world’s Christians, in my country, we celebrate it on January 6.

We have many traditions that would feel familiar to Christians in other lands. We attend church, light candles, make special foods, and put out our shoes so the Wise Men can leave us presents.

Our celebration, however, marks the original date for celebrating the birthday of Jesus. Read the whole story.




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