Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Youth Media Blog-a-thon

What up fam,
Starting tomorrow, our blog will be participating in the second Youth Media Blog-a-thon, sponsored by WireTap Magazine and Youth Outlook. This month, we'll be taking a look at how violence impacts our communities. Check out the press release:

Violence Selected as New Topic For Weeklong
Youth Media Blog-a-Thon

More than a Dozen Seasoned Young Bloggers Will Write About Violence and Its Effects on Youth and Our Communities

San Francisco, CA - YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia and WireTap will host the second round of the Youth Media Blog-a-Thon from Wednesday to Wednesday, March 19-26, 2008. Youth bloggers (between the ages of 15-25) – along with any bloggers dedicated to writing about youth issues and youth media – will address the topic of violence and its effects on youth and our communities.

The monthly blog-a-thons will connect the youth media community around issues that affect their lives, asking for their thoughts on hard-hitting topics. The goal of these monthly events is to foster more dialogue between youth media, which will lead to their connectivity as media makers and as activists.

Our first Youth Media Blog-a-Thon, held February 20-23, 2008, was a huge success! Over 15 bloggers discussed the upcoming presidential elections, the youth vote, who they were voting for and why, the idiosyncrasies of the super delegate system and whether making voting mandatory would help fix the system.

Check out most of the posts:

Check out a wrap-up of the first blog-a-thon: http://www.wiretapmag.org/blogs/elections2008/43435/

While we think it's important to get our voices out there, we also would love to dialouge with readers. Take some time out, read, comment and help spur discussion. Also, if you're interested in participating, hit me up at jamilah@wiretapmag.org

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