A veteran newspaper reporter, Jackie Majerus covers the goings on in Bristol, Connecticut for The Bristol Press. She's been on the job there since June 1993.
She's an award-winning pro who loves investigative work, but daily demands leave little time for much of that.
She believes strongly in the role that a good newspaper can and should play in shaping a community for the better.
With her husband and favorite co-worker, Steve Collins, she founded Youth Journalism International, an educational non-profit organization connects teen writers, artists and photographers with peers around the globe, teaches journalism, fosters cross-cultural understanding, and promotes and defends a free youth press. Check it out at www.youthjournalism.org.
The couple also founded The Tattoo, an independent online teen newspaper (www.ReadTheTattoo.com)
For reasons I cannot say, I have stopped writing about the work I do for The Bristol Press and the events and people of Bristol, Connecticut.
I wish it were different, and when I am able to resume Extra B.S., I will. Readers can still reach me by clicking on the email link to the right.
Thanks to all of you who put eyeballs on Extra Big Scoop. I truly appreciate it.
Anyone who is interested in continuing to follow what I have to say is invited and encouraged to visit http://www.yjiblog.org/, which is the official blog of Youth Journalism International. I do a lot of posting there.
As you may know, YJI, founded by myself and my husband Steve Collins, is an educational, non-profit organization, a 501(c)(3) public charity, based here in Connecticut, with students around the world -- five continents and counting!
Youth Journalism International (http://www.youthjournalism.org/) got its start in Bristol in 1994. YJI connects teen writers, artists and photographers with peers around the globe, teaches journalism, fosters cross-cultural understanding, and promotes and defends a free youth press.
We do not charge students to participate, and it's a great way for them to learn about journalism and each other. A large body of our students' work can be seen in the award-winning, independent, online teen newspaper, http://www.readthetattoo.com/.
If you care about Bristol, please keep an eye on the Bristol Blog (http://www.bristoltoday.com/), which is Steve's work blog. Despite the often nasty anonymous comments that follow his posts, there is still a lot there for interested readers.
If you care about our world, the future of journalism or young people -- or if you just want to keep tabs on what the next generation has to say, please support Youth Journalism International in whatever way you can. Definitely check out http://www.yjiblog.org/. Become a follower! :)