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NGJ: Year One in Review

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Exactly one year ago, we launched NextGenJournal.com. At the time, we had a very small team and only a vague idea of what we were trying to do. One year later, our team now numbers over 100 people from nearly 60 schools across the country. We’ve formed partnerships with a variety of organizations, from USA Today College to Rock the Vote. We’ve dramatically expanded our presence online and on college campuses, and begun to make progress towards our long-term goals.

Yet as far as we’ve come, we have an even longer way to go to accomplish our core objective: bringing the voices of ‘the next generation’- our generation- into the national conversation. The next year is all about accomplishing that goal. Stay tuned.

But first, we want to reflect on the past year. In that span of time, we’ve run roughly 1,000 articles: ranging from Voices content to focused reporting and sharp analysis to new features like ‘The Forum.’ Included here are some of our most interesting, engaging and unique pieces from the last 365 days. It’s NGJ: Year One in Review:

Voices: Why I’m Not Getting an E-Reader

By Jack Fitzpatrick – Arizona State University – May 31, 2011

I admit that e-readers are a good thing for society. They could improve education throughout the world, save entire forests and take up less space in our carry-ons. But I still don’t want one. Why? Because books are like trophies for being smart.

See also: Our Time- The Millennial’s AARP and The Lessons I Learned from Chopsticks


The Forum:  Obama’s Jobs Address

Welcome to The Forum: NGJ’s spot for in-depth discussion and debate. In the arena this week: President Obama’s jobs address, with takes from Kevin Sullivan, Zach Smith, Paul Blair, Elise Swanson, and Katie Johnson. Join the conversation.

See Also: Palestine and the UN and Are We a Relativistic Generation?


NGJ Reporting: Huntsman Decides to Run, Students Decide to Support

By Jordan J. Frasier – George Mason University – June 21, 2011

With his experience as ambassador to China and hopes to fix the debt, Jon Huntsman has already drawn strong support among a base of college students. NGJ’s Jordan J. Frasier reports on the new candidate’s run.

See also: College reporting in Documentary Looks at Risky Student Loan Industry


‘Voices of our Generation’ Series: The Debt Debate

In less than one week, the United States of America will reach its debt ceiling. Negotiations are ongoing, but time is running out. Our generation will probably be affected by the outcome of these negotiations more than any other- so it’s time to add our voices into the conversation. Check out our collection here.

See also: Voices of our Generation series on September 11


Student Spotlight: Feross Aboukhadijeh

By Kathleen Toohill – University of Notre Dame – September 21, 2011

Stanford senior Feross Aboukhadijeh wants to “start a company that changes the world.” And after developing YouTube Instant in three hours, he just might do it. NGJ’s Kathleen Toohill profiles the future Internet mogul.

See also: Student Spotlights on associate VC Ernestine Fu and Georgetown rapper Tate Tucker.


NGJ Analysis: In Egypt, Forget Twitter- Look to our Generation

By Heather Regen – Georgetown University – February 2, 2011

The uprising and mass demonstrations in Egypt have brought together a handful of groups–from the Egyptian Movement for Change to the Muslim Brotherhood–but amid the protests runs a common thread: our generation.

See also: How to Wear Collegiate Apparel the Right Way and our Guide to the College Debate


Special Events: College Students Celebrate bin Laden’s Death

On Sunday night, President Obama announced that Osama bin Laden had been killed in Pakistan- and college students celebrated. Check out our compilation of reports from NGJ staffers across the country.

See also: Wrap of our Osama Coverage and our NGJ Interview with CRS President Ken Hackett



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