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We find reporters are most successful and enjoy reporting more if they participate in our 8- to 10- week introductory class or attend one of our summer camps. For more information about these and other opportunities or the next available opportunity, click here.

Contact us at info@threesixtyjournalism.com for any question about how to get involved with ThreeSixty Journalism.

Participate in our YourTurn Contest

ThreeSixty Journalism runs an essay contest, called YourTurn, about four times a year. We pose a different question about teen life and award three prizes each contest — $100 for first place, $50 for second place and $30 for third place. Every once in a while, we do photo contests too. The strongest submissions come from writers who use stories of things that have happened to them rather than just offer an opinion. Tell us what you think, but then also tell us why.

Winners of our most recent YourTurn essay contest – Describe your cross-cultural friendship – will be announced in early April.

Check out past YourTurn contest winners:
How did September 11 change your life?
Capture the personality of your community in an image
What makes a great high school teacher?
Can peer pressure be positive?
Have you ever been badly teased or excluded?
To vote or not to vote?
Capture the excitement and chaos at the end of the school year in an image
How do you count in America?
How has a coach made a difference in your life?
Capture your favorite winter activity or scene in an image
How is the economic downturn affecting you?
What would you tell the presidential candidates?

Check out these examples for a guide on what wins!

  • Working with what you’ve got by Gao Vang of Washburn High School

    Working at her family’s vegetable plot in summers was hot, hard work but also taught Gao that Frederick Douglass got it right when he said people might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get.

    Gao won our contest that asked teens to write about what life lessons you learn from having a job.

  • The boy who didn’t know his own name by Molly Hensley-Clancy of South High School

    Molly met Jamal when she volunteered with Head Start’s BOOST Literacy program. He was 5 years old and didn’t know his name. But he did know how to curse her when she asked his name. Jamal didn’t know what word went with the chair pictured on a flash card. But when Molly showed him a picture of a belt – which another boy Juan thought was a snake – Jamal started crying.

    Molly’s essay about Jamal answered a Your Turn contest question about what teens think causes the achievement gap between white students and others in schools.

Become a reader

Our reporters are reporting for teens. We would love for you to read their work and comment on their stories. Not only does this help our reporters, but it also fuels discussion about teen life in Minnesota. You can also participate in discussions about stories and other topics in ThreeSixty Journalism’s Discussion Board.

Suggest a story idea

ThreeSixty Journalism’s goal is to write about the things teens have to deal with these days. But we need your help in order to do that well. If there is something happening that you think is newsworthy, an injustice, a really interesting example of modern teen life, or are just curious about something you’d like one of our reporters to check out, please fill out this form or contact Youth Editor Thomas Rozwadowski at thomas.rozwadowski@stthomas.edu or 651-962-5269.

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