PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO CREATES IMAGERY FOR TEENS IN PRINT NEWSPAPER
The Teens in Print collaboration with Artists For Humanity spans over a decade. In fact, two former teens involved in the project are now running the show, respectively. Teens in Print Director Carla Gualdron was a TiP teen writer when AFH Photography Studio Manager/Mentor Mary Nguyen was a teen participant at Artists For Humanity.
Did you know Teens in Print is the only citywide youth newspaper written by and for Boston public high school students? Launched by WriteBoston and The Boston Globe in 2004, TiP is a platform for student journalists, essayists, poets and artists. AFH participant Gilford Murphy explains, “In a world filled with the opinions of adults, an outlet for teens to discuss issues they find important is crucial to society. Adults say we are the future of tomorrow, but often we don’t have a platform for our voices. Teens in Print gives us somewhere we can speak.” To reach the intended audience—Boston-based teens—Teens in Print is delivered to high schools, libraries and community centers throughout the Greater Boston Area.
Both AFH and TiP make it their mission to highlight the voices of Boston’s youth while bridging economic, social and racial divisions. Both organizations provide a safe space during critical out-of-school hours, fostering mentorship, community and teen-to-teen collaboration. AFH empowers teens through paid employment in art and design and TIP empowers teens through a publishing platform during the school year and a journalism institute during the summer where teens are paid to write. All in all, it’s a match made in creative, collaborative heaven!
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With five issues hitting the presses annually, the collaboration between Artists For Humanity and Teens in Print is a key element of the production process. Mary Nguyen says that it works ‘due to trust.’ She says, “Once Teens in Print hands over the articles written by their teen staff writers to AFH, they trust our teen photographers to read the article and visually interpret their message into visual art work.”
How does the process work? On the editorial side, TiP participants spend eight weeks engaging in the full journalistic process: from brainstorming a story idea to researching, interviewing, drafting and editing until each article is ready for publication. Once the articles are shared with AFH, photo studio participants review the various articles and are tasked with answering the following questions, “What is the most basic and simplified idea of this article? If this article is a personal narrative, what information can you glean from it about the author or topic?” After answering these questions, teens sketch out the frames of the photographs they plan to shoot and present their plans to their peers for feedback.
Gil Murphy, YangYing "Yvonne" Chen, Esther Bobo, Mariana Melara, Vanessa Vo, Aijanah Sanford.
Adam Nguyen (right)
In some cases, AFH participants pull from the organization’s image archives.
For each issue, teen photographers review their selections with their colleagues. As it fosters team building, collaboration and healthy communication, the peer-to-peer brainstorming process is an essential element of the Teens in Print production process. Who can submit their writing? Teens in Print welcomes submissions from all teenagers enrolled in Boston Public Schools, not just those affiliated with Artists For Humanity and TiP.