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The Tattoo takes teenagers seriously

From its beginnings in 1994 as a small group of teens in Bristol, Connecticut with an interest in journalism, The Tattoo has grown into a widely respected, award-winning teen newspaper with writers spanning the globe.  

Relying on a network of volunteer teen journalists, most of them learning the craft from the nonprofit Youth Journalism International, The Tattoo tackles a wide range of subjects, from proms to pregnancy.

While mainstream publications treated teens as an afterthought -- interested in little more than pop groups and movies -- The Tattoo has always recognized that young people can be as serious as their elders, though the topics that absorb them may be different.

The Tattoo, which has been online since 1996,  has focused on school violence, teen suicide, the struggle against terrorism and the nightmare of Hurricane Katrina. 

Student writers have also offered plenty of cartoons, movie and television reviews, sports coverage and much, much more -- like any decent newspaper.

The Tattoo has offered scores of students the chance to have their work published and read. Hundreds of teens have been involved at one time or another, and 50 have won some sort of journalism award, and some have gone on to careers in journalism.

The Tattoo operates like any other respectable newspaper. It seeks out news stories, features, opinion columns, cartoons, photographs and most anything else regularly found in the pages of newspapers. It does not print poetry or fiction.

Veteran reporters Steve Collins and Jackie Majerus donate hundreds of hours of time each year to lead and guide the paper. They also fund it, though donations are always welcome.

Collins covers politics and government for The Bristol Press while Majerus writes about economic development. The pair, who are married, worked at The (Auburn, N.Y.) Citizen before moving to Connecticut in 1993. They have two children.  

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