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星期一, 8月 15, 2016

Boston students gain reporting experience with WriteBoston's Teens in Print

Boston students gain reporting experience with WriteBoston's Teens in Print
Students learn basics at WriteBoston's Teens in Print Summer Journalism Institute
BOSTON -- August 15, 2016 - Thirty-three high school students -- representing eight Boston Public Schools and seven additional area schools -- graduated from the Teens in Print Summer Journalism Institute on Friday, August 12, as soon-to-be published reporters.

Over the six-week Institute held in-kind at Northeastern University's School of Journalism, each student wrote at least two articles for Teens in Print, Boston's only citywide newspaper for and by Boston youth (www.bostontip.com). Students learned the essentials of journalistic writing by interviewing peers, conducting research, and fact-checking.
For 16-year-old Sophia Meadows, a student at Boston Latin School, the experience of interviewing other teens helped her step outside her comfort zone while improving her writing skills. "Something that I learned from the program is definitely being confident and being able to talk to random people and have good conversations," Meadows said.  "I learned that I don't have to write a whole bible per person that I interview. It is actually kind of like, short and sweet gets the point." 
Student articles will be published in the September/October issue of the Teens in Print, with 20,000 copies of the newspaper distributed to Boston public high schools, local libraries, and community centers. Past articles have focused on topics such as neighborhood violence, immigrant experiences, issues of unity in communities of color, bisexuality, fashion ethics, abstinence, and teen anxiety.  
"I'm proud that WriteBoston and the Teens in Print newspaper provide an authentic space for youth in Boston to surface and discuss the issues they're grappling with," said Sarah Poulter, executive director of WriteBoston. "As a community, it's vital we hear and value the perspective of teens. WriteBoston is honored to help youth see themselves in the driver's seat of their own stories."   
"Especially in these tumultuous times, having the energy and enthusiasm of Teens in Print on campus shows the difference journalism can make in the lives of students and the contributions students can make to good journalism," said Jonathan Kauffman, director of Northeastern's School Journalism. "We hope this is just the start for many students who want to enter the media or learn more about it."
In addition to writing news articles, students had opportunities to explore Boston and take part in enrichment activities. Through support from the Summer Fund, students visited the Boston Harbor Islands, participated in a dance workshop, and enjoyed a visit from the Beat Bus, a mobile music and technology venue. In addition, students took part in a financial literacy presentation from Blue Hills Bank and spent a day at the marketing and PR agency The Castle Group. Students also had the opportunity to learn video journalism through a pilot program led by an AmeriCorps*VISTA member.
Boston Public Schools students attended from Boston Latin Academy, Boston Latin School, Charlestown High School, the English High School, the John D. O'Bryant School of Math & Science, Margarita Muñiz Academy, New Mission High School, and TechBoston Academy. They joined students from Boston Preparatory Charter School, Brook Charter School, Christo Rey, City on a Hill, Codman Academy, Lexington High, and Thayer Academy. Students reside in eight Boston neighborhoods, with the majority from Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, and Hyde Park. More than 50% of the participants speak a language other than English at home, including Haitian Creole, Ewe, French, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese. 
Free and open to any youth resident of Boston, the Teens in Print Summer Journalism Institute is funded by the Summer Fund, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, the Boston Bruins Foundation, Blue Hills Bank, and private donors. Through the Department of Youth Engagement & Employment's summer jobs program, the majority of students receive a weekly stipend for their work as reporters.