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Volume 16, No. 12 - February 1, 2010

-- Slice of life --

Living as a teenager on an army base

By Patrick Hinton in MONCHENGLADBACH-RHEINDAHLEN, Germany – Address:, so you live on an army base?  Do you have to get up at 0600 hours and march everywhere?  Do you live in a tent?

To me, and the thousands of other teenagers who live in military installations all over the world, the above questions seem inane but are also surprisingly common.

We take our lifestyles for granted and we find it very odd when people do not understand what it is like. This mainly comes down to the fact that military children are born into this way of life and only really ‘graduate’ from it once they are 18.   Read more





Fun and Games







-- NEWS --

                                                                                                                                                                           Becca Lazarus/

Soweto Gospel Choirs puts on a show for ESPN

By Kiernan Majerus-Collins in BRISTOL, Connecticut, U.S.A. – ESPN scored some soul recently when the Soweto Gospel Choir sang and danced at its campus. It may have been the greatest performance ESPN has seen.

The world-famous choir, which sings the gospel music of Africa, is collaborating with the media giant to provide some of the music that will accompany ESPN’s coverage of the 2010 World Cup that begins in June.     Read whole story


The amazing Soweto Gospel Choir

By Becca Lazarus and Laquandria Fenn in BRISTOL, Connecticut, U.S.A. - A performance by the Soweto Gospel Choir is an amazing sight to see. This awe-inspiring choir impressed us with the magical way they sang in beautiful harmony and danced in perfect unison.

We had only heard about and read about this choir and had never heard them ourselves until their performance at ESPN. You can believe us when we say this was definitely not what we expected – in a good way.  Read whole story

Youth Journalism International gears up for World Cup 2010 coverage

A new stadium in Durban to host World Cup matches

Youth Journalism International reporters Kiernan Majerus-Collins, Laquandria Fenn and Becca Lazarus at ESPN last week, in front of the network's Countdown to Kick-Off board.

From 2004:

Afghan girls' soccer team wins hearts in America

As the 2010 World Cup draws near, Youth Journalism International's worldwide network of young writers, photographers and cartoonists is getting ready to provide insight into the  hoopla. We'll leave most of the who's winning and losing to others, but our student journalists aim to bring home the heart of the global competition.

Check out our coverage of the Soweto Gospel Choir in this issue, the South African group that will sing at the opening of the World Cup, and take a look at Megan Nicole Gounder's pictures of the new stadium in Durban that will host some of the matches.

While you're at it, read Katie Jordan's coverage in 2004 of the Afghanistan girls' soccer team's visit to the United States, which gets to the heart of why the sport matters.

And take a look back at our coverage of the 2002 and 2006 World Cup -- and get ready for more on the World Cup soon!


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.




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