The first class of Youth Journalism International students, numbering 50 so far, began last week. There are students from 12 countries -- including Afghanistan, Vietnam and South Africa - and nearly all of them are new to our educational program. They're an outstanding, enthusiastic bunch, eagerly introducing themselves via email to one another and reaching out to every part of the globe.
In our first week, students wrote 15 pieces about the Olympics, including two by Zhu Qin Zhe, from China, who actually got to hold the torch as it came through her hometown last May. Their stories were published in the Sept. 1, 2008 edition of The Tattoo, an international teen-written newspaper.
We'll have much more to say about these talented teens soon.