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Here at the News-Journal, we're gearing up for the fifth year of our Teen Editorial Board.
And we're excited.
The staff at our office is a little too far removed from their teenage years to be trying to tell our readers what's going on in the world of teens. Because of that, we decided a few years ago to let the younger generation tell about their world in their own words.
In the process, we hope to encourage our young readers to spend more time checking out the newspaper. At the same time, we also think our more mature readers enjoy seeing the world through teenagers' eyes.
What do teenagers today think about? What's going on in their heads? What do they do for fun? What kind of problems do they deal with? What are they concerned about?
Who better to tell us than teens themselves?
But Monday is the deadline to sign up.
We have already received several applications and more are available at the News-Journal office. Or drop me an e-mail at email@example.com and I can send one out electronically.
With all the activities for teens today, we know that something like this can't be too awfully time consuming. That's why the Teen Board will meet just once a month. And with the number of teens involved in past years, each member of the Teen Board has only been responsible for four stories each - one every other month.
Teens write the stories and editorials that appear on the page and they take the photographs as well.
This is THEIR page.
It's a place where they can tackle the issues that are important to them and, yes, perhaps even make some points they feel need making.
The section is published in the last Monday issue of each month September through May.
Membership on the board is open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors from all local schools. The News-Journal staff will select the members and then contact those chosen.
You don't have to be a great writer to apply for one of the spots. We want teens with an imagination, a desire to produce an attractive and interesting page and an interest in telling the public about teen thoughts and issues.
For more information, call 465-8111 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
If you know a teenager who has some strong ideas and a willingness to express them, send 'em our way.
We want teen-agers to know how important they are. And how we're willing to listen to what they have to say.