Teens, get ready to have your say

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By Becky Cassell, Editor

In just a few weeks, a group of energetic Campbellsville and Taylor County high school students will give Central Kentucky News-Journal readers a peek into the world of today's teenagers.

The News-Journal's Teen Editorial Board will soon begin work on its sixth consecutive year of "Insight," our monthly teen page.

Staff members at the News-Journal try to cover as much of our community as we can and we constantly ask for story ideas and information from our readers to help broaden our perspective. But we think the teen view is best represented by teens themselves.

Teens 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.

The teens will provide photographs, news ideas, opinions and features for each of the monthly pages.

Applications for teen board membership are available at the News-Journal office and local high school counselors' offices. The deadline to apply is Friday, Aug. 28, so those who're interested need to hurry.

Last year's board was 10 members strong.

In the past several years, the teens have tackled some important issues - war, religion, poetry, dress codes, death, sports, literacy, college, movies, science and more. They also included some fun things on their pages, such as feature stories, poetry and movie reviews.

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?

However, 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 meets 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.

The issues that teens deal with in today's world are important enough to us that we are devoting an entire page of the newspaper to them each month.

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.

For more information, call 465-8111 or e-mail editor@cknj.com.

If you know a teenager who has some strong ideas and a willingness to express them, send 'em our way.

We want to show teen-agers to know how important they are. And how we're willing to listen to what they have to say.