Thursday, June 30, 2011

Hotel Attack Leaves Afghans Grieving, Fearful

By Edrees Kakar
Senior Reporter
Youth Journalism International
KABUL, Afghanistan – The deadly terrorist attack on Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel late Tuesday – a place residents here thought was secure – added to citizens’ growing fear and frustration.
The assault began about 10:30 p.m. when a group of insurgents – equipped with suicide vests, guns and rockets – stormed the premium hotel, a prestigious venue for weddings, parties, family dinners and government events.
A pride of the city, the historic Intercontinental is popular with locals and international visitors. It was hosting guests, a birthday party and a meeting of provincial elders when the terrorists struck.
Ahmad Zia Rezaee lost a friend that night to the terrorists.
Khan Wali, a 29-year- old who owned a floral shop at the hotel, died after he was shot in the chest and mouth, Rezaee said.
“It was quite unbearable while seeing my friend’s family members and what they got out of this barbaric act,” said Rezaee, who attended Wali’s funeral the next day.
Rezaee said his friend was about to leave the hotel for the night when he was killed.
That night, more than five hours of gun battles raged between Afghan security forces and the attackers. International forces helped end the fight with helicopter support.
Local newspapers confirmed 11 dead, including a Spaniard who was staying at the hotel, but the intensity of the attack – terrorists set two upper floors ablaze – suggests there may be more casualties.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack on the hotel.
With attacks at public venues in Kabul so frequent, nowhere in the city feels safe to Kabulis when they are out of their homes.
Located on a Kabul hilltop, the Intercontinental, with three security check-posts, was considered secure.
But the insurgents were still able to infiltrate it.
This has Kabul citizens questioning the performance of the security forces just as the United States announced plans for troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and the process of transitioning power from international forces to Afghan security forces is underway.
These days, the Afghan people are in a state of high anxiety while the country is facing insurgent attacks, political chaos, financial scandal at the nation’s most important bank and high unemployment.
Add to this the huge number of rocket attacks in Afghanistan’s eastern villages near the border with Pakistan – which the Afghan government blames on the Pakistani army – and it’s no wonder that fear, anger, frustration and despair are so prevalent here.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Miss Manners Tells People To Shape Up


By Kiernan Majerus-Collins
Senior Reporter
HARTFORD – Gentle reader: behave yourself.
Judith Martin, whose Miss Manners column has been appearing in newspapers for more than three decades, said that contrary to popular belief, etiquette and manners are not written in stone.
Though she decried the failure of people to respond to invitations or write thank you notes, Martin said etiquette “hasn’t all gone downhill” in recent decades.
The desire not to offend – a key element of etiquette -- has largely wiped out bigoted jokes and many other hurtful comments, Martin said.
Martin, who spoke this evening to a mainly older crowd at the Mark Twain House and Museum, joked that Twain must have known something about etiquette in order to violate its rules so often.
Martin said that etiquette, unlike morality, depends on time and place.
“If you’re home alone with the shades drawn, you don’t have to answer to me—as long as you don’t tell me what you’re doing,” Martin quipped.
“One of the scariest virtues today is called honesty,” said Martin. She said that if someone says they’re going to be honest with you, “run—it’s not going to be pretty.”
Etiquette often requires disguising the “bald and hurtful truth,” Martin said.
Rules of etiquette don’t always make sense, said Martin, but they need to be followed so that everyone can get along.
Etiquette rules “are much more flexible, less frightening, and certainly a cheaper way of regulating human behavior” than laws.
“Life without etiquette is not pleasant,” said Martin.
She said that many schools have the mistaken idea that they exist to foster freedom of expression. Actually, she said, their purpose “is to pursue truth.”
Junior high school is “an etiquette nightmare” that many people never move past, Martin said.
Proper etiquette can allow serious discussion rather than name-calling and rudeness.
“We want a little excitement now and then, but not if it interrupts lunch,” Martin said.
When new technology comes along and changes our behavior, some people argue that there shouldn’t be any rules at all governing its use, while others want to destroy it, Martin said.
She said, for example, texting can be useful. When her son texted her in the maternity ward waiting room recently, she said she felt grateful.
But too many ignore the people they are with when it comes to texting and other distractions, said Martin.
“It’s not the texting that’s rude, it’s your friend. People tend to blame the medium and not the person,” said Martin.
She said that on Facebook, people expose too much about themselves. Their guiding principle is “let me tell you everything about me,” Martin said.
She said that “people have really lost the concept of legitimate privacy.”
Martin said that when people ask her to sum up etiquette, she says she can’t. “I write 500-page books,” said Martin, which wouldn’t be necessary if it was simple.
But, she added, “behave yourself” is a good motto.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Polish Dining: Cabbage And Duck Blood Soup


Rachel Glogowski / Youth Journalism International

By Rachel Glogowski
Associate Editor
Youth Journalism International

BRODNICA, Poland – Okay, now to address the topic that perhaps worries me most every time I walk out my door, never mind leave the country. No, it’s not airborne illness. (Although that may be Number Two on my list.) It’s food.
Being the picky baby that I am, I couldn’t help but wonder what I’d eat and when while in Poland. Without a doubt, I knew I wouldn’t starve here. I’ve been exposed to many an authentic Polish dish over the course of my short life.
Due my growing up with two very talented cooks as grandmothers, the word “pierogi” is part of common parlance around the Glogowski household. However, still wary of some of the more unique aspects of Polish cuisine, I was surprised to find that there’s a whole host of American foods, brands, and restaurants here. I even found a few sushi places in the larger cities!
However, even in the face of modernization or globalization or whatever you would call the phenomenon of increasingly Americanized foods, Poland certainly has still maintained its character cuisine. Here’s a breakdown of some typical Polish drinks and foods (and one or two particularly unique dishes), but first a word about mealtimes:
In Poland, people typically eat three times a day. But rather than the American breakfast-lunch-dinner system, Poles insist that they don’t eat lunch. Instead, they have obiad – a kind of small dinner around noon to tide stomachs over until supper. Supper, called kolacja, is the American equivalent of dinner and is typically a bigger meal served later in the evening.
Tea for two…
Or three. Meals a day, that is. Tea or coffee – herbata i kawa – are mealtime (and in-between-mealtime) staples in Poland. They’re offered and served all the time, both in restaurants and homes. It’s not typical or advisable to drink tap water here unless it’s boiled so it makes sense for people to add some flavor to their hot water and turn it into tea or coffee.


Rachel Glogowski / Youth Journalism International
Something that I was particularly surprised to find is that espresso is perhaps more popular here than coffee. Upon further consideration, I’m not sure why I was surprised it’s such a big thing here – espresso probably made its way from Italy over to Poland much faster than it crossed the Atlantic over to the U.S. But still, it was interesting to see that even the equivalent of American diners serve lattes and cappuccino here.
Boysenberry – it isn’t too scary
Boysenberry juice is a new thing for me. It’s some sort of hybrid between cranberry juice and blueberry juice that’s better than either of the two. And it’s certainly better than its name, which sounds remarkably like “poison,” suggests.
Pierogi: Polish pockets of paradise
These little dumplings are perhaps the most famous, and delicious, of Polish dishes. Often in the shapes of little triangles or semi-circles, these guys come filled with just about everything and anything: ground meat, cheese, potato, fried onions, or – my personal favorite – fruit.
It’s my understanding that pierogi (pretty much pronounced as it’s spelled: “pier-oh-ghee”) is particularly popular during the holidays and especially on Christmas Eve, when some of the more traditional Catholic Poles refrain from eating meat. What surprises me about these little pockets of heaven is that I’ve been in Poland for a week now and still haven’t had one.
Top crop: Kapusta
Somehow cabbage, or kapusta, manages to find its way into nearly every dinner spread here. Served with meat or on its own in a type of salad, it is everywhere. It also comes in a popular Polish dish, bigos (“bee-gose”), which is a type of stew with potatoes and sausage. I was not particularly surprised to hear that it’s Poland’s top crop (probably right above the potato on the list).
Neat beets
Speaking of vegetables, beets are also more popular here than back in the States. They’re often made into a type of beet soup, called barszcz.
Doe, a deer…
It must be very difficult to be a vegetarian around here. Meat is also served all the time. But I’ve seen a few fairly unusual things offered in restaurants here, including boar meat and lots of tripe, called flaki. I was particularly amused to see one menu differentiate between “doe meat” and “deer meat.” In America, we just call it roadkill. (Just joking, of course. Too bad there’s no typed equivalent of a rim shot.)
It’s in my blood … soup

Rachel Glogowski / Youth Journalism International
That’s right. Duck blood soup. Called czarnina (“char-nee-na”), this is one unique dish for the more adventurous traveler or perhaps more traditional Pole. By my own extensive polls of Poles (in other words, questioning a handful of family members), I’d say people are split on whether or not they eat this dish. Some here hate it, some think it’s quite ducky.

Friday, June 24, 2011

For All Harry Potter Fans Out There

By Lama Tawakkol
Reporter
CAIRO, Egypt. A Few days ago on Twitter, I saw an article that declared J.K.Rowling was preparing for a huge announcement. Naturally, I was intrigued.
Speculations were circulating all around. Some thought it would be the long awaited encyclopedia of the Potter world that Ms. Rowling had promised her fans she might do after the release of her seventh and final book.
Others declared it was treasure hunt scattered across the U.S and the U.K with treasures of the Harry Potter realm all over.
I logged on to the link provided: www.pottermore.com and was met with the fuchsia background, and coming soon banner and J.K.R’s signature. Nothing out of that.
Then, referring back to the article I found the Twitter account for Pottermore and followed it. There, I found a tweet with a link for J.K.R’s channel on YouTube.
Full of curiosity, I clicked the link and I couldn’t have imagined what I saw there. Obviously custom made for her and her big announcement, J.K. Rowling’s YouTube page was covered with owls and a countdown. It had been there since February.
Thankfully, I had just heard about the announcement so I only had eight hours to go. I went to bed excited beyond description. I woke up, ran a few errands and then came back to check the announcement, uninterrupted.
I logged onto the YouTube channel once more and there was J.K.R. introducing a new website – after she’d thanked her fans – to the entire world, which she said would change the Harry Potter experience and help viewers, readers and herself to add to it.
The website, she said, would open to everyone in October but a “lucky few” would be able to log into the website early and help shape the experience. She added that to do so one would only have to “follow the owl”, and as she was saying that an animated owl flew across the screen.
Excited, curious and wanting to learn more, I googled “Pottermore” to check if anyone had found the owl or understood what that meant. To me, the Pottermore website had remained the same.
True enough, I found an article that talked about it and said that the website had now changed its layout and had a box where one could submit one’s email and be updated on registration dates. It also allegedly said to check back again on July 31st.
That was weird. It didn’t tell me that. After refreshing several times, it came upon me to try again using a proxy and true enough, the website changed.
I have tried submitting my email but the website is being bombarded by everyone so I have to just keep on trying again.
That’s not the point, though. Curiosity gone and intrigue vanished as I felt disappointed that I had to shield my IP address and location to gain access to the website.
But then I got through normally again.
So if anyone has the answer on how to” follow the owl,” enlighten me, will you?

Friday, June 17, 2011

Discovering Poland: My Lessons Begin In Flight

Note to readers: Longtime Youth Journalism International reporter Rachel Glogowski of Bristol, Connecticut, USA, is traveling to Poland, where her family originates. She plans to share her journey with us in photos and text as she visits family, experiences customs, sees the countryside and teaches in a camp for Polish youth. This is her first installment. Please check back for updates.


By Rachel Glogowski
Associate Editor
Youth Journalism International
GDANSK, Poland – I’m a pretty big believer in the phrase “You learn something new every day.”
So, it should come as no surprise that I’d admit to learning something new today, my first time traveling out of the country (unless you count a one-day hiatus to the British Virgin Islands, and I’m not sure you should). However, I learned perhaps more little random tidbits of useful information today than I ever have before – granted, my day was about 40 hours long.
So I’ve compiled a list of what I learned during my travel day:
Time does go on, even if I’m not on board: Okay, so I was on board. On board an international flight to Warsaw, and then a transfer flight to Gdansk in northern Poland. Yes, I knew it would be a long one. And yes, I knew it would interfere with my sleep (hence my writing this after basically having been up for a consecutive 40 hours).
One thing I didn’t realize? The fact that 737s can plow through time zones smoother than they barrel through those seemingly innocent white fluffy clouds. That’s right – before I knew it, I only had three hours to attempt to catch a few Zs before my red-eye flight to Warsaw landed at 9 a.m. local time. And those three hours happened to concur with the sunrise (“Already?”), the on-board movie screening (of Ice Age, complete with Vietnamese subtitles), and BREAKFAST (“I didn’t even get a chance to start this fast I’m breaking!”)
It’s inconvenient to go Back to the Future: A plug adaptor was the one thing I managed to buy way in advance for this trip. However, it seems that I should have been focusing on buying all new electrical appliances.
Long story short: I may have melted my alarm clock today. Talk about alarming. In my utter elation to have successfully plugged it in correctly (hey, I’m no electrician), it took me a second to realize that the burning smell was not that of someone’s dinner burning to a crisp nearby. (Nor could it possibly have been. We Poles are good cooks, you know.)
So since I didn’t have my Delorean handy, I decided it would be best to unplug the thing and leave the time travel to someone else. However, it seems I landed in another age with nothing to wake me up but the sun (and my grandmother, bless her for having to deal with me for the next dozen or so mornings). Oh well, I suppose I’ll have to shell out my life savings at the airport next time I’m nearby to buy a travel one.
Speaking of life savings … here’s your fun fact of the day: Poland’s currency is the zloty, and the current exchange rate is 2.5ish – 3 zloty per dollar. So that means I divide whatever prices I see here by 2.5 or 3 to estimate how many dollars I’m spending. So that means that everything looks outrageously expensive around here because everything is labeled with much higher numbers than I’m used to. Examples: 8 (zloty) for a soda, 38 for a paperback beach read, 65 for sushi. (More shocking than the price is the fact that I actually found some sushi here.) At least my mental math should improve this summer, since you know I’m not paying for a calculator labeled with a price tag that says “35.”
Liter(ally), a pain: Speaking of mental math, everything is obviously measured in metric units here. Which is cool, except when the airline attendant is pressing me to remove 2 kilograms from my carry-on and I have no idea what that looks like. (For future reference, it’s the weight of one towel and a flashlight.) Or when coffee cups come by milliliter capacities rather than by size. And to think, I just mastered the tall/grande/venti system.

What doesn’t kill you, isn’t a cigarette: I just found this one really interesting. It turns out cigarette companies are required to label their products as deadly and/or dangerous in order to sell them in Poland.
This in and of itself isn’t so shocking, until you see the actual labels themselves. Not only are they huge, but their creator obviously had a knack for the dramatic.


Ranging from point-blank “Smoking is highly addictive, don’t start” to the scientific “Smoking may reduce the blood flow and causes impotence” to the minimalist “smoking kills,” these signs caught my eye, especially when I noticed the scores of people flocking to buy them anyway (it was a duty-free shop, of course). You’ve got me, warnings – I like my heart, arteries, and potential babies just the way they are.

Monday, June 13, 2011

London Gets Ready For 2012 Olympics

By Robert Guthrie
Reporter
Youth Journalism International
DUMFRIES, Scotland – Olympic venues have been completed, shops opened, mascots chosen and torches designed.
Things at London 2012 are changing by the second.
Seb Coe, who is chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games, wants to make these games “The Greatest Show on Earth.”
As no doubt you already know, the city of London is hosting the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
They will be spectacular and Coe’s committee aims to provide a lasting legacy with London 2012.
Already tickets have gone up for sale, and 20 million applications have been made. Unfortunately, only 6 million will receive tickets, so it’s a hard battle to get them.
I think London will really enjoy the experience.  Of course, it’s not only London, it’s the whole country of Britain. And the venues aren’t just on the Olympic Park, oh no, it’s a whole lot more.
Eton Dorney will be home to the rowing, and the county of Dorset will host the sailing, as one of the world’s best sailing clubs is set up there.
The whole of the United Kingdom will see the Olympics. The torch, one of the biggest symbols of the Games, is bright golden in color and has 8,000 holes to represent the 8,000 torch bearers.
The 2012 torch is in a world-first triangular shape, representing the third time that the games will be coming to London.
Young torch bearers from all over the UK will be chosen to carry that all-important Olympic Flame on that stunning torch to every nook and cranny of the nation. Everyone will see it.
Torch bearers will be aged 12 to 24. UK citizens can nominate someone who has done something fantastic by helping their home community or by looking after someone.
So, it’s not only about sports. The Olympics have to be one of the most important institutions for setting a good example.
The Olympic motto, “Citius, Altius, Fortius,” which is Greek for “Faster, Higher, Stronger,” carries so many different messages behind it.
Aim for the highest. Everyone can be part of the Olympics.
London 2012 is all about bringing people together and making everyone feel part of it all.
That’s why school programs have been set up and Olympic mascots Wenlock and Mandeville are touring the UK.
Volunteering opportunities for young people will be set up this summer. The possibilities are endless.
The world will have a chance to learn more about the Olympic Games during a big weekend celebration in July.
From July 22 to 24, people can see the stadium and venues and meet the mascots.
All this is building up to “1 Year to Go” celebrations in late July, when the UK will be starting its Olympic countdown for the third time.
It will definitely be a grand day for London. It’s so special to think that the Games are coming to us for the third time, and it’s probably the only time that some people will ever see this.
So come to London and enjoy the Olympics. Come and see, well and truly “the Greatest Show on Earth.”

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Bang Bang Club Captures The Complexity Of Wartime Photography


By Laura Zizek
Junior Reporter
Youth Journalism International
TORONTO, Canada – The Bang Bang Club focuses on four combat photojournalists during the last days of apartheid of South Africa in 1994.
The film zeros in on Kevin Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who won a Pulitzer Prize for his photograph of a Sudanese girl and a vulture that grabbed the world’s attention – along with raising the uncomfortable question of what happened to the young girl.
Carter, who felt like he did not help the girl, slowly spiraled downwards because of this experience, along with contributing factors such as drugs and the toll the job had taken on him.
Directed by Steven Silver, the film is adapted from a book that shares the same name, written by Greg Marinovich and Joao Silva, two out of the four photographers the film follows. The others are Carter and Kevin Oosterbroek.
Much of the movie focuses on Marinovich (Ryan Phillippe), the last of the four to join the quartet of photographers.
By following Marinovich, the audience sees how he changes as well as how he and the rest of the photographers grapple with problems that arise.
Silver does not hold back in showing the murders and the brutal killings that occurred in South Africa in those days.
At times The Bang Bang Club feels more like a documentary than a film.
It can get difficult to watch, but the audience only sees what the South African people and the four photographers actually went through.
The film shows Marinovich becoming more and more detached from his work as the line blurs and he begins to look at people as objects rather than fellow humans.
Moviegoers watch the four young men trying to see what is right.
Carter fights with this issue the most.
At one point, he said that by taking the picture of the Sudanese girl and the vulture, he helped people in her situation because his photo brought the plight of an entire people to the world’s attention.
Perhaps it did more good than if he had picked her up and brought her to safety.
Silver exhibits these raw emotions and poses the question to the audience of when a journalist, or a photojournalist, should do the job and when they should get involved.
The film also displays the drive these four men had as wartime photographers. Unlike everyone else, they run toward danger, not away.
They live for the ‘bang bang’ and without such wartime photographers, issues would never reach people around the world.
Silver did an excellent job balancing the story and letting the audience in so they could see a glimpse of what it takes to be the person behind the camera.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Fortunate, My Life

By Nicole Hendry
Junior Reporter
Youth Journalism International
BIRMINGHAM, England – Language constantly evolves over time and is perhaps one of the most genuine indications of the attitudes of a changing society.
Feminism brought ‘firefighter’ to replace ‘fireman,’ technological advances brought abbreviations such as ‘LOL’ and never-before-heard verbs – “to Facebook.”
Now a western trait of self-pity and a tendency for self-absorbency has brought along expressions such as ‘FML.’
Are we really so blinkered that a smudge in our freshly applied nail polish is a ‘Fuck my life’ moment? That to be caught in the rain with no umbrella will ruin our day?
The vast majority of the Western world lives in a state of luxury unimaginable to the millions in dire poverty across the world.
Are we sheltered or just naive? Perhaps just too wrapped up in our own concerns to look beyond our door step at the true ‘FML’ moments out there.
The children working and living in dumpsites in Mumbai and Peru, the mother in Tanzania who cannot afford to feed her own family. She prays for rain so her crops might grow, whilst we will the sun out from behind the clouds so that we might secure the tan we have been longing for.
They are the ones who might truly claim the phrase.
Yet, they do not. They get up every morning and they try, because it is the only way they can survive.
And a mere eight-hour flight away we refuse to leave the house. Our hair has gone wrong again! How could we possibly show our face when Lindsay round the corner has just had hers done? FML!
If we could remove the blinkers, imagine what we could do. We should be helping these people, not moaning about our own petty problems.
Take a look at yourself, at the room in which you are sitting, the expensive electronic device you read this on.
You are so lucky. So incredibly fortunate to live the life you do.
Don’t waste it. Live each day in the knowledge of the value of your life. Don’t curse it. Be grateful. The sooner we realize our great fortune, the sooner we might summon the courage to give back, to share our luck with others.
It is all a matter of perspective. You live an incredible life. Re-coat that nail, and dance in the rain.
After all, you’re already wet!

Singing Like Outlaw Lovers

Almost four years ago, Youth Journalism International rock reviewer Luke Pearson caught the Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band "Magic" tour when it stopped in Hartford, Connecticut.

His favorite part of the show, Pearson said, was a duet between Springsteen and his wife, singer Patti Scialfa. They sounded, he said, like "outlaw lovers."

Today the rock and roll couple celebrate 20 years of marriage. Congrats to them and to Pearson, for a review and two related pieces, linked below, that stand the test of time:
 

October 8, 2007
Springsteen and the E Street band cast a spell in Hartford with Magic tour
By Luke Pearson
Junior Reporter
Youth Journalism International

Patti Scialfa's third solo album,
 "Play it as it lays"


HARTFORD, Conn. – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are back. After four years apart, the band had one goal in mind: to rock the stage in Hartford.

The band’s Oct. 2 performance at the Hartford Civic Center premiered their new hit album, Magic, and opened their new tour.







Bruce Springsteen's
album, "Magic"
Bruce is back and better than ever. Before the show, the impatient fans chanted, “Bruuuuuuce!”

Once the lights came down, the band charged into “Radio Nowhere,” the first single off Magic.

Then for fans, instinct took over and the crowd roared with excitement at the thrilling opener.

Read the whole review, including the part about the outlaw lovers, here:
http://tinyurl.com/6hjqmso

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Wisconsin Woman Is Top Journalism Teacher

One of the toughest categories in the Youth Journalism International Excellence in Journalism contest for judges is the Journalism Educator of the Year. It's inspiring to read testimonials from students who recognize the greatness in their teachers, and tough to narrow it down to a single person. This year's winner is Jill Cook, a 20-year veteran whose dedication to her students in Brookfield, Wis., U.S.A., helped convince judges to award her one of our most prestigious prizes. Reporter Lisa Sink of the Brookfield Patch, an online newspaper, wrote a great piece about Cook. A little bit of it is pasted below, with a link to the whole story:

Photo courtesy of Jill Cook
Brookfield, Wis. teacher Jill Cook,
 named YJI's Journalism Educator of the Year

Brookfield Central Teacher Named Journalism Educator of the Year

Youth Journalism International selected Jill Cook, Central High English teacher and advisor to the school newspaper Tyro, as the 2011 Journalism Educator of the Year.
The caller from Connecticut was talking about the student editors at Tyro, the school newspaper that Cook advises.
"I thought she was calling for a reference," Cook said. "I said, 'They're all great kids, they're really hardworking.'"
But Jackie Majerus wasn't calling about the students. Unbeknownst to Cook, the youth had nominated Cook in an international youth journalism contest, and she had been selected as 2011 Journalism Educator of the Year.
"It was a total shock to me," she said. "I was humbled beyond belief. It is inspiring to be recognized by your students because they are the reason we are here and we stay in this profession."

Read the whole story here: http://tinyurl.com/6xo2xfv

Monday, June 6, 2011

YJI Student Journalist Of The Year Profiled


Youth Journalism International honored Meghan Morris of Wayne, Penn., co-editor of The Spoke at Conestoga High School, as our 2011 Student Journalist of the Year. Editor Bob Byrne of the online newspaper Tredyffrin-Easttown Patch featured Morris in a profile published over the weekend. Here's a bit from the story and a link to the whole thing:

The Write Stuff: Conestoga Senior Named Student Journalist of the Year

Youth Journalism International honors Conestoga's Meghan Morris for her dedication to freedom of the press.
   
Morris has been named Student Journalist of the Year by Youth Journalism International "for her dedication to press freedom and high quality work."

Read the whole story here: http://tinyurl.com/6bwl8ez