Who gets published? Is that a good thing?

Teen writers seem to inspire the next generation of teen journalists and that is why we publish the online news magazine, SciJourner.org. The other reason is that the website offers examples for teachers and students, models that can be useful in various ways. These articles have “worked.”

Please note that finding their article in the science section of the school newspaper or even in the local paper (yes, some of our communities have allocated space for teen journalists if their articles are good enough!) is just as rewarding. And sometimes just the act of gathering information to address a science-based curiosity—Can you really erase memories? What happens to donated organs?—is often enough to spur students on to learn and think more critically and scientifically. Having an opportunity to share their insights, as well as information that they have decided NOT to use, with classmates and get “credit” for this sharing is an added benefit.

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