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Indians protest government corruption  Several hundred people gathered in the Azad Maidan sports ground in South Mumbair Sunday, marking the 63rd anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi's assassination by peacefully protesting the corruption plaguing the nation.-- By Pushkal Shivam


Egyptian Rutgers student has high hopes  People around the world have been watching in horror as hundreds of protesters clashed with Egyptian police in an uprising that began Jan. 25. -- By Gokce Yurekli


Peace is education, author says  Author Greg Mortenson argues that the way to peace is through better education.-- By Mariah Pulver


Shooting in Tucson Saturday's shooting of a congresswoman will go down in history.-- By Mariah Pulver


King Tut, in New York and Egypt As an exhibit of the relics from King Tut's famous tomb comes to a close in New York City, Egyptians remain mostly nonplussed about their famous former ruler. -- By Jessica Elsayed, Mary Majerus-Collins, Luke Pearson, Kiernan Majerus-Collins and Alma Macbride


New Year's bombing brings terror, sorrow to Egypt  As people all over the world rang in the New Year to music and celebrations, my city of Alexandria rang it in to screaming and a terrible explosion. -- By Jessica Elsayed


An Oregon city finds itself a terror target The idea that someone sought to set off a bomb during the city’s recent Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Pioneer Park has unsettled the Portland community. – By Talon Bronson


Higdon displays 'magic as a composer' Jennifer Higdon, a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer from Philadelphia, had her piece Road Stories for concert band premiered by The Hartt Symphony Band Friday. -- By Kiernan Majerus-Collins


American, Indian youth share ideas in Mumbai Before American President Barack Obama set foot on Indian soil, youth of India met here with their American counterparts to discuss issues ranging from climate change and terrorism to education and jobs. -- By Pushkal Shivam


Pedaling across America, for charity Three young men  pedaled their way from coast to coast to see the country and raise money for Zambian children to get bicycles to go to school.-- By Talon Bronson


Bill of Rights concert benefits refugees A recent benefit concert for Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services, a charity that helps refugees settle in the United States, brought together people from around the world to celebrate America’s freedom.-- By Kiernan Majerus-Collins


Flawed Commonwealth Games give glimpse of India  On the cusp of the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, Indian youth viewed their nation’s prominence on the world stage with mixed feelings. -- By Pushkal Shivam


Remembering Tyler Clementi Among the nearly 200 people gathered on Sunday mornings at New Jersey's Grace Church, one teenage boy captured everyone’s ear. Tyler Clementi, a red-haired boy with round glasses and brown freckles spotting his serious but composed face, stood up front, off to the side. -- By Cresonia Hsieh


Picken's patriotic push for natural gas The recent catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico “provided a clear reminder of the fact that our nation needs to develop safe methods for drilling and more importantly, start diversifying our nation’s energy sources,” one of the country’s most powerful congressmen said -- By Clare Hern


Tunnel where concertgoers died in Germany on Saturday. (Maya Argaman/


Deadly panic leaves no way out at Love Parade festival Partying at the Love Parade festival Saturday in Duisburg, Germany, Maya Argaman had no idea that not far from her, others in the audience were dying when the crowd stampeded. -- By Katie Grosser


Final resting place They’re a silent testimony of lives once lived. Anything but untouched by time, yet carrying the impression of being timeless and unchanging. -- By Caroline Nelissen


Making music from Hartford to Haiti The audience rose to its feet, applauding, not knowing or caring that the man they were cheering couldn’t see them. -- By Kiernan Majerus-Collins


Americans root for the home team, a little  In the United States, patriotism is a huge deal - until the World Cup comes along.-- By Mariah Pulver


Prayers for the Mandela family  The death of Nelson Mandela's great granddaughter at the hands of a drunken driver on the eve of the World Cup games in South Africa had his nation again thinking of its first post-apartheid president. -- By Nicole Megan Gounder


Watching one of the last space shuttle launches  From the bleachers 3.9 miles away from the launch pad, the sound of Atlantis taking off hit with the boom of a freight train. -- By Jason Soltys


Canadian women's hockey coach, star talk about winning Olympic gold

The coach and a star player for the 2010 Olympic gold medalist Canadian women's hockey team talk to Youth Journalism International reporters.-- By Mehran Shamit and Jenna Potter


Louisiana teens worried about oil spill  The catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is causing some buzz across the world, and here on the coast, some teens are worried about the dangers offshore drilling poses, both to workers and to the environment. -- By Kaley Willis


Connecticut to host first youth peace summit in 2011  The World Youth Peace Summit will gather 2,500 young people from around the globe - including writers, athletes and musicians - to Connecticut next year.-- By Yelena Samofalova Click here to read this story in Dari, Dutch, German, Italian, Russian or Turkish.


Youth Journalism International gains nonprofit status  Youth Journalism International has received formal designation from the U.S. tax agency as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, a move that should help it grow.


Showcasing Canada's diversity at York  Students from different cultural organizations showed off Canada’s diversity as they gathered recently for York University’s annual Multicultural Week. -- By Mehran Shamit


Soweto Gospel Choir puts on a show for ESPN  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. -- By Kiernan Majerus-Collins


Horror and hope in Haiti When Rayna Allonce, a high school junior in Pennsylvania, saw on television the way a powerful earthquake had crumbled buildings in her native Haiti, she “didn’t think there would be much hope” for family members living in the Caribbean nation. -- By Gokce Yurekli


Storm strands Dutch passengers

A December snowstorm left Dutch travelers waiting at train stations for a chance to get home.-- By Caroline Nelissen


Dutch debate Sinterklaas' "Black Pete"

While children in most Christmas-celebrating countries find presents under the Christmas tree, Dutch children look forward to gifts during their Sinterklaas celebration, delivered by Saint Nicholas' black helper, Zwarte Piet ("Black Pete"). -- By Caroline Nelissen



Recession is clobbering kids, officials told

A package of stories focusing on how the recession is affecting young people in Connecticut, based on testimony before a special legislative hearing.-- By Kiernan Majerus-Collins, Francis Byrne, Mary Majerus-Collins and Yelena Samofalova


Connecticut composers

A package of stories focusing on several professors who are writing a wide range of music in Connecticut. -- By Kiernan Majerus-Collins


Invasion of the Lego people, large and small

In normal life, it’s impossible to see creations involving tens of thousands of Legos, but this weekend’s Lego Kidsfest at the Connecticut Convention Center offered more than a kid can imagine. -- By Francis Byrne, Yelena Samofalova and Mary Majerus-Collins


New England Lego Users builds big scenes with small bricks

Towering skyscrpers and city trains. An amusement park. Cafes and parks, even a marching band, all made out of Legos. -- By Kiernan Majerus-Collins and Clare Hern

Playing the keys off the piano Fourteen-year-old Alma Macbride probably never imagined that she would someday perform with famous trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis at Lincoln Center. -- By Yelena Samofalova


Roaring into space

Can you imagine feeling three times the force of gravity? Astronault Kenneth Ham can, because he’s lived it. -- By Francis Byrne


Jet plows into South African school's ballfield A passenger jet crashed shortly after takeoff in Durban, South Africa and came to rest in three pieces on a playing field that would have been busy exct for a national holiday. -- By Nicole Megan Gounder


With an eye to future, German youth head to the polls Many young Germans are voting for the first time today. -- By Katie Grosser


Afghans head to the polls



South Africa's election may prove pivotal For the first time since the country's first democratic elections in 1994, South Africans are uncertain about their choice of political party. -- By Mariechen Puchert

Mockingbird's themes still relevant, young actors say Playing some of the most famous kids in American literature, three young actors at Hartford Stage are having a great time with their roles while tackling the tough issues in “To Kill a Mockingbird.” -- By Rachel Glogowski, Wesley Saxena, Kiernan Majerus-Collins and Mary Majerus-Collins

German students react to school massacre  After a former student's deadly attack on a German high school, teens are talking about what could have prevented the massacre. -- By Katie Grosser

Teens to Congress: Education is key  -- By Wesley Saxena and Kiernan Majerus-Collins


Children labor through an Afghan winter In the foggy, frozen air, three children walked around a public park in Kabul one recent winter evening, carrying boxes of Lay’s potato chips. The boys, 12-year-old Hamid, his eight-year-old brother Shoaib and their friend, Nabi, 13, were trying to sell the snacks to help their families survive. After finishing school each day, they come to Qargha Lake, a popular park, to sell their goods.  -- By Edrees Kakar

Teens across the world see hope in Obama A special issue with six news stories detailing the reaction of many young people in eight countries on five continents. -- By Rachel Glogowski, Katie Grosser, Alexndra Patrikios and YJI staff writers

'I'm not an animal' : A former slave's story of the Sudan What began as any normal day for Sudanese man Francis Bok ended in the hell of being captured into child slavery that would change the rest of his life. -- By Rachel Glogowski

A nightmare in the City of Dreams  It was a peaceful night all over India when suddenly television channels started storming news about something wrong and extraordinary happening in “the city of dreams,” Mumbai. -- By Hashra Mishra

Attack spreads fear in India  Last Thursday at 6 a.m., my father dashed into my bedroom and exclaimed, "Mumbai is undergoing the most terrifying attacks ever. This is India's September 11th."
As I walked into school that day, I saw tears in the eyes of worried-looking students all around me. These were boarding students from Mumbai who either weren't able to contact their family in the disaster-struck city, or worse, knew that some relative was actually at the scene.
-- By Janani Ramachandran

Italian students protest

The shape of jazz to come

Move over, Nathan Hale

Obama: 'We can't afford to wait'

Young people rally to Obama

Obama draws a crowd

On the scene at an Obama rally


Hillary takes aim at Bush

An inspirational Hillary

Deadly twister leaves Iowa teen homeless  A tornado “sounds like a freight train is running over your house,” said 16-year-old Krista Kannegieter, who huddled with her parents in the basement of their home while the storm raged overhead. -- By Beth Pond

Wreck-less driving  The parents of two teens killed in a high speed wreck last summer are using their own sorrowful experience to try to stop other young drivers from taking the same deadly risks. -- By Rachel Glogowski

Rock for Rights


Suicide bomber rips apart my city  The rain of sadness dropped in Peshawar last week when a suicide bomber struck a busy market across town from where I live. Twenty seven people were killed in the carnage and many more seriously injured at the scene, where body parts were scattered in a business hub of Peshawar, a city in the northwest part of Pakistan, near the border with Afghanistan. -- By Edrees Kakar

A newsman's struggle to survive war injuries  Within days of waking from his 36-day coma, ABC anchor Bob Woodruff found himself at a loss for words – literally. Woodruff, the victim of a roadside bomb while on assignment for ABC in Iraq, said that out of all his ailments, he finds his memory loss the most frustrating.  -- By Rachel Glogowski and Beth Pond

Journalism suffers a blow in Indiana When high school sophomore Megan Chase wrote a column for her Indiana school newspaper calling for tolerance of homosexuals, she didn’t think it would be big deal. -- By Zach Brokenrope

Blacksburg, Va. teens react to Virginia Tech killing spree

Meeting the yeti on Disney's Everest coaster Since the highly anticipated opening last spring of the Expedition Everest rollercoaster, Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park has been attracting a wider variety of visitors, and now thrill-seekers are among them. -- By Sean Soltys

God Bless you, Mr. Vonnegut “Everyone should have the experience of reading his books once in a lifetime,” said Thea Condaxis, of Calais, Vermont.      -- By Beth Pond

Gifts that keep on giving -- By Beth Pond

Radio days: looking back on a life in Bristol -- By Rachel Glogowsk

Immigrants in school, through an educator's eyes  -- By Taylor Isenhour

Mystery surrounds dead ducks at Bristol Eastern

Lieberman fights anti-war surge in Connecticut

Tucson students rally for immigrants Thousands of Arizona youth demonstrated peacefully last week against a proposed crackdown on illegal immigrants – and many walked out of their schools to take part in the protests. -- By Alkhansa el-Bedawi

Bye Bye Birdie coming soon to Bristol Eastern -- By Rachel Glogowski

Police seek shelter 'mom' in baby's death


Ana Lara said recently she sees herself as “a single mother” to the 24 children from troubled backgrounds who lived with her in a shelter she started because she wanted to help them avoid the abuse she experienced growing up on the streets.

Some of the older children said this month they chose to live in Lara’s small, average-looking home to escape bad situations in their own families.

Now, though, Lara is sought by police after a 7-month-old baby died under mysterious circumstances in her shelter. Neighbors told police that Lara fled in a van with the other children.-- By Oscar Ramirez

Bands to battle at teen day

English youth visit Bristol

Company thinks outside the box

Getting paid for playing around

El Salvador teachers

Hurricane Wilma

Conceiving birth control clock

Terryville teen pens books on high school life

Surviving a killer quake in Pakistan

El Salvador survives triple threat

At 14, she worked in a Bristol clock factory

Hello! Ban lifted

Harmony day appeals to all

Three deaths in Minnesota

Trying to bring tolerance to Terryville

Soldier stunned at hometown school shooting

Teacher leads anti-death penalty fight

Leaving an ancient school

Principal's cell phone hang-ups anger students

Iraq War protesters feel lucky

Terryville High classes shedding students

Fighting hunger with a Second Harvest

ESPN enters digital world

Student-run play gets new direction

On the first baseline at the World Series










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On the tube





'American Idol'

'Adult Swim'

'Survivor 4'

'The Amazing Race'



Ryan Cabrera

Damien Rice

Michael Buble

Boss in Bridgeport

Green Day

Maroon 5

Giving rock Velvet touch

7 Nights to Rock

The Boss in AC

Johnny Cash's "Hurt"


The Rising- 2

Clarence Clemons

The Rising -1


B.B. King

Christian Rock


The Tragically Hip

Rage Against Machine

The Dropkick Murphys


Sheila's Day

Big River

"No Child..."

The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore

Bluest Eye

Kind of an uplifting book

Generation S.L.U.T.

Harry Potter

YM magazine

Inside the revolution

Youth Journalism International Senior Reporter Jessica Elsayed is sending regular updates from Egypt about the revolution underway there. Don't miss a single one of her eloquent, powerful pieces on the YJI Blog.

Indians rally against corruption

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

New Year's Eve around the globe

King Tut in New York & Egypt

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The Tourist

Black Swan

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Deathly Hallows, Part 1

Police brutality protested in UK

My hometown: I'll take you to Wixom...


Acadia is perfect for a president ... and everyone else

Bastille Day in Paris

My hometown: Brisbane

Pedaling across America, for charity

Bomb scare in Portland

Beyond stereotypes in L.A.


South African students protest tuition hikes

Remembering Tyler Clementi

Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers freshman who jumped to his death from a New York City bridge after video of a sexual encounter he had with another man was streamed on the internet.


Teens bombarded by bad images


Space shuttle Atlantis takes off


No one marches alone in Band Geeks!

A day in Paris


Connecticut to host first youth peace summit in 2011

Click here to read this story in Dari, Dutch, German, Italian, Russian or Turkish.

Teens worry about oil spill

A genius comes home to Egypt

Celebrating May 1st in Germany

Mumbai teen: Bhopal verdict a travesty

ESPN scores some soul with the Soweto Gospel Choir

Tom Sawyer takes to the stage

A teen growing up on an army base

Amazing Avatar

Joe Keo/


Our new holidays page


Playing jazz with Wynton Marsalis


One year after terrorists struck, Mumbai undimmed

McCourt lives on in Limerick

The misery of the flu


The fastest man on earth



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A rockin' museum in Cleveland

My hometown

Ermelo and Harderwijk


The colorful holiday of Navarathri

Youth Journalism International reporters in eight countries talked to more than 30 young people on five continents to find out what the election of Barack Obama might mean for them, their nation, the world and the future. Read this special issue -- the largest we've ever undertaken -- to find out what they had to say.


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

Harry Potter casts worldwide spell

When death strikes a boy of 16

World Cup 2006

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DaNang, Vietnam

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Police brutality in keeping with government's anti-student agenda Students from all over the United Kingdom took to the streets in protest last Thursday against the proposed rise in university tuition fees and cuts to education funding. -- Noah Kidron-Style


Aussies prepare to choose a new PM Once again it is election time in Australia and there is an electric buzz in the air, even more than usual because this race hasn’t exactly been a smooth-sailing run-of-the-mill campaign so far. - Rebecca Baylis

Bhopal verdict a travesty of justice Rather than providing some sense of closure to the victims and their kin, the verdict has compounded their misery. - Pushkal Shavim

Shutting out the lights in Australia  A revolutionary way of thinking about climate change started Saturday, March 31, 2007 when millions of people did something as simple as shut off their lights. - Rebecca Baylis

Trying to prevent the next school shooting  It’s something most students wouldZune never think about. It’s what teachers hope will never happen. It’s a parent’s worst nightmare. - Katie Grosser

A victory to change the world Never before have I watched an acceptance speech which has moved me to tears.  - Rebecca Baylis

Voting, for real  There is a gap, for many, in becoming politically aware and exercising your legal right to vote. - Louisa McIndoe

Anti-gay bigotry hurts everyone  Gay. Fag. Homo. The most common words said at my school are not kind and intelligent. - Kiernan Majerus-Collins

Spreading peace, one ink blot at a time There’s a word we’re hearing a lot in media coverage: peace. But what is it? - Madeline Slaughter

Rally for peace, not war  The “War on Terror” is a phrase that, unfortunately, is heard all too often. We are in the midst of a war – a war on terrorism. What can our respective governments do? How can anyone possibly put an end to millions of innocent people living in fear?  How long do we have to wait before yet another ‘terrorist threat’ is made?Whenever I hear about a new threat made on society, not only do I cringe but a cold shiver races down my spine.- Rebecca Baylis

Where is this 'free speech' you  promised us? Teenagers find it terribly frustrating to voice their opinions, only to have them put down, or even worse, suppressed, because they’re at odds with an older generation who were taught that homosexuality is an anomaly rather than a natural occurrence.- Louisa McIndoe

Protest peacefully against anti-Muslim cartoons  - Edrees Kakar

Remember Rosa Parks

Sitting on The Bus

Making Detroit proud

We are all Rosa Parks

My double decker bus

Bombers killed hope

Carrying on in London

War starts at home

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Diminished 7 in Iowa City

Olympics unite the globe


A mighty tribute





Going to Korea




A journey to Myanmar

Ugly politics in Myanmar cyclone relief


Slumdog's stunning success


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Cow parade comes home

Crashing in Cambodia


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Fun and Games


Q&A with writer Alex Sanchez

Review of Sanchez's Rainbow Road


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