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Volume 16, No. 18 - June 28, 2010

Young reporters snag international journalism awards

WEST HARTFORD, Connecticut, U.S.A. – Students in eight countries on four continents captured awards in Youth Journalism International’s first worldwide journalism contest.

“We had a wealth of really good entries from many different students and schools. Picking the best proved much harder than we ever dreamed,” said Steve Collins, president of the board for YJI.

Earning top honors as the Student Journalist of the Year was Megan Mizuta of Boise, Idaho, whose stellar work for The Borah Senator showed off her courage, her nose for news and her range of talent.

“Megan is the epitome of student journalism: she is honest, communicates clearly, constantly experiments with journalistic forms, assists the staff with copy editing, vehemently practices journalism ethics and provides leadership,” wrote Michelle Harmon, her adviser at Borah High School.

Katie Jordan, a YJI editor, said Mizuta “impressed us with the scope of her writing. She's just as capable of writing hard news stories about budget cuts and student-teacher affairs as she is of writing opinion or sports stories.”

A high school journalism advisor in Darien, Conn., Stacey Wilkins, won Journalism Educator of the Year for her exemplary work with both her school’s paper, Neirad, and her efforts to create the Connecticut Academic Press Association.  Read more



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My 2010 World Cup experience

A World Cup match in Durban, South Africa between South Korea and Nigeria.

Nicole Megan Gounder/

DURBAN, South Africa – Though World Cup matches were playing in my home city, I never expected to be able to actually get inside the stadium to see it for myself.

More on the World Cup

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Caroline Nelissen/

For more World Cup coverage by Youth Journalism International, click here and here.

I’d tried hard to get a ticket to a match, but for South Africans without some great power of authority, trying to score a ticket at the last minute was written off as “Mission Impossible.”

Then on June 14, my uncle presented me with a ticket to see the June 22 match between South Korea and Nigeria.  Read whole story


When the thrill is gone

By Eugenia Durante in GENOA, Italy -- I was at some friends’ home when Fabio Grosso freshened up a muggy summer night in 2006, scoring the penalty goal which lead Italy to winning the World Cup.

I remember hearing a rumbling and an enormous mass of people pouring in the streets with Italian flags, hugging and screaming.

Beating France, Italy’s the legendary first enemy, to win the World Cup was the biggest dream of everybody who was a little involved in football, and we finally did it.  Read whole story


The crowds were out in force at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa on the day of the first 2010 World Cup match between South Africa and Mexico.

Geraldine Soon/


Fans outside the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, South Africa on the night Nigeria took on South Korea.

Nicole Megan Gounder/

-- Sports Opinion --

ESPN forges a soccer fan in America

By Kiernan Majerus-Collins in HARTFORD, Connecticut, USA Thank you, ESPN. You took someone (me) who would have watched maybe two World Cup games – the United States vs. England game and the final – and turned him into a fútbol fan.

Now I know that if you, dear reader, do not live in the United States, you will find my interest in the World Cup rather lame.

Before I started watching the games, I could name a total of three or four players taking to the field in South Africa. Now I can name more than 10.

I couldn’t even tell you who played well in qualifying. Though I don’t really understand why or how teams get into the World Cup, I have a sneaking suspicion that speaking Spanish helps.

Despite all of this, I still feel as though I have a right to call myself a fan. Thanks to ESPN Magazine’s wonderfully informative “2010 World Cup Guide,” I learned that the World Cup is being held in South Africa with 32 teams of which eight – not including the U.S.A. – have a chance to win and that each of them has a strange nickname. And they all have cool uniforms.  Read whole story


Skeleton at the entrance to the Faculty of Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University in South Africa is rattling his bones as the World Cup gets underway.  Mariechen Puchert/ 



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Read about the World Youth Peace Summit in seven languages -- Dari, Dutch, English, German, Italian, Russian and Turkish:


کنکتیکت برای اولین بار میزبان اجلاس جهانی صلح جوانان در سال 2011 میباشد.


اجلاس صلح جهانی جوانان که سال آینده در ایالت کنکتیکت ایالات متحده امریکا برگذار میگردد2500 جوان که از جمله نویسنده گان ، ورزش کاران ، هنرمندان و سایر پیشاوران میباشند را از سراسر جهان گرد هم میاورد.

در حالیکه آنها در تابستان بعدی مشغول بازی ها ، موسیقی و سخنرانی ها میباشند ، آنها گام به گام برای کشانیدن جهان بسوی صلح کمک خواهند نمود.

Translated into Dari by ترجمه : ادریس کاکر



Connecticut gastheer van eerste Youth Peace Summit in 2011

By Yelena Samofalova in HARTFORD, Connecticut, U.S.A. – Volgend jaar zullen 2500 jonge mensen, waaronder schrijvers, atleten en muzikanten, van over de hele wereld zich  op de World Youth Peace Summit, een internationale vredesconferentie voor jongeren, in Connecticut samenkomen.

vertaald naar het Nederlands door Caroline Nelissen


Connecticut to host first youth peace summit in 2011

By Yelena Samofalova in HARTFORD, Connecticut, U.S.A. – The World Youth Peace Summit will gather 2,500 young people from around the globe –including writers, athletes and musicians – to Connecticut next year.  Read whole story


Connecticut als Gastgeber des ersten Weltjugend Friedensgipfels im Jahr 2011

By Yelena Samofalova in HARTFORD, Connecticut, U.S.A. – Beim Weltjugend Friedensgipfel werden im kommenden Jahr 2.500 junge Menschen aus der ganzen Welt, darunter Autoren, Sportler und Musiker, nach Connecticut kommen.

Übersetzt von Katie Grosser, Münster, Deutschland

 Senior reporter, Youth Journalism International


Il primo World Youth Peace Summit 2011 per un'estate di pace in Connecticut


By Yelena Samofalova in HARTFORD, Connecticut, U.S.A.: Il prossimo anno in Connecticut il World Youth Peace Summit riunirà 2500 giovani da tutto il mondo, inclusi scrittori, atleti e musicisti.

Tradotto da Eugenia Durante, Genoa, Italy

 Senior reporter, Youth Journalism International



Connecticut to host first youth peace summit in 2011

Translated by Yelena Samofalova, West Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.A.

 Junior reporter, Youth Journalism International



Connecticut to host first youth peace summit in 2011

Translated by Gokce Yurekli, Edison, New Jersey, U.S.A.

 Junior reporter, Youth Journalism International




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