I have been involved with Youth Journalism International since Hurricane Katrina, where I found their group encouraged young writers to tell their stories professionally and share their experience with the world. As a career journalist myself, I was thrilled to find a nonprofit that teaches young people the importance of not only our craft, but the importance of defending the First Amendment. I try and support them with donations as often as I can, but I am always eager to share what a positive organization YJI is for up and coming reporters as well as legacy journalists like myself! They are definitely a GREAT nonprofit!
YJI inspires and connects aspiring journalists around the world, providing many young people with opportunities they might not otherwise have. I've worked with the professional journalists at YJI's helm, and there's no one better suited to guide them in the tenets of journalism.
The work Youth Journalism International is doing is obviously vital to our profession. Yet, most importantly, Steve and Jackie and this wonderful organization is teaching today's young people how to think critically, to speak up and to actively contribute to the discussion of the issues facing our world. Their tireless efforts to share their passion for true journalism is simply unmatched.
I can't but reiterate my appreciation of Jackie and steve job! Keep on, you can't even imagine what you have been doing for young people! Thanks, thanks, thanks
As an IBO teacher I can't but praise Youth Journalism international. When my daughter began collaborating with them I couldn't believe that such a wonderful project would help her improving not only her writing but also her critical thinking skills. Writing is a powerful weapon of peace and Jackie and Steve have been able put toghether an army of soldiers using their keybord as weapons of peace, human rights, culture, worldover. Thank you!
A healthy Fourth Estate is critical to the health of the United States and the world. What better way to keep tomorrow's leaders in check than to train tomorrow's crop of journalists? Youth Journalism International serves this purpose, connecting students with working journalists, and providing real reporting and writing experience for children. A thoroughly well-conceived mission and well-run organization deserving of the highest praise.
While today's media outlets present celebrity weddings and sensationalism as top news of the day, it is refreshing to have an organization like Youth Journalism International. Reporting with accuracy, truth, objectivity and an un-jaded and unique perspective, from locations around the globe, it is even more incredible that the moving, poignant stories are coming from our young people who are living their reporting. YJI helps to build bridges while empowering young people regardless of age, culture or gender, to seek the truth and share it. The founders, Steve and Jackie Majerus-Collins and the YJI volunteers are providing guidance and opportunities to young journalists in ways that many would not otherwise have available. Endorsing and supporting Youth Journalism International will certainly have a postive impact on, not only young journalists, but the world at large and the future of journalism.
This group unites young journalists from across the globe who would not otherwise know each other. The caring, professional leaders of this group take time to teach the fundamentals of reporting and writing to young people while allowing the students' creativity to shine through. Young people don't often have a voice even in Western countries and this organization provides a forum for students' voices to be heard and developed. The leaders of Youth Journalism International respect their members and do not shy away from publishing content about controversial topics. In an era where education funding is in jeopardy and most middle schools and high schools do not have a school newspaper or a journalism class, Youth Journalism International fills this void. Students leave Youth Journalism International knowing how to write clearly and concisely about complex issues, which leads to their success at college and in their professional lives.
As a high school newspaper adviser, it is not only important that my students' published writing receive recognition, but also that they receive a measure of their journalism skills. Eight of my students, including a very talented young student who received Student Journalist of the Year. won honors in YJI's 2010 Writing and Photography Contest. The staff was kind, courteous, and supportive during the process, and extra conscientious delivering the news, certificates, and trophies (as well as t-shirts and caps). The trophy for Student Journalist of the Year rivals any trophy award for a high school level contest, much less professional-level contests. YJI is a fine place for high school journalists to practice and hone their craft.