Y-Press Election Coverage 2012

To get a youth perspective on the 2012 Presidential Elections, WKCD has teamed up with the youth-led news bureau, Y-Press, based in Indianapolis. Originally part of the Children’s Express, Y-Press has nurtured young journalists for more than 20 years. Their stories and articles—on local, national, and global topics—appear every other week in the Indianapolis Star. The Y-Press web site is updated regularly and encourages external submissions and comments about youth-written stories and reviews.

Here, Y-Press reporters will be posting:

    • stories about the campaign, the candidates, and youth perspectives on the political process
    • profiles and interviews with young political activists
    • results from surveys they’ve created to gather information from youth nationwide about the candidates and the issues most important to young people
    • reports from the floor at both of this summer’s national conventions.

Check back often to keep up with this special “youth beat” on Election 2012.


The Republican and Democratic Conventions: Y-Press Reporter Notebooks and Mulitmedia

RNC, Tampa, FL, August 27-30, '12

DNC, Charlotte, NC, September 4-6, '12


Coming of age in a struggling economy | October 31, 2012 | by Izabella Robinson, 14, and Hannah Zimet, 18

The 99 percent: "Occupy" and youth, still going strong | October 12, 2012 | by Priya Mirmia, 15, and Carmela Verderame, 12

Much more than "click activism": youth, politics, and technology | August 28, 2012 | by Sigal Tavel, 16, and Alaina Bradds, 17

“If you want something, you go and make it happen” | July 23, 2012 | by Hrishi Deshpande, 17, and Naomi Farahan, 15

Youth Vote 2012: Where Things Stand | July 4, 2012 | by Max Gabovitch, 19, and Leeann Sausser, 18


"We need more people like you!" | October 22, 2012 | by Naomi Faahan, 15, Izabella Robinson, 14, Ali Tahir, 17, and Shanze Tahir, 15

"I hope one day to be a candidate myself" | September 16, 2012 | by Alaina Braddis, 17, Priya Mimira, 15, Isaiah Treadwell, 17, and Carmela Verderame

Young independents, republicans, and dems up close | August 27, 2012 | by Hrishi Deshpande, 17, Max Gabovich, 19, Greta Herbertz, 14, and Hannah Zimet, 17

Hyper-partisanship and dismissing youth voice | August 9, 2012 | by Max Gabovich, 19, Shanze Tahir, 15, and Sigal Tavel, 16

Both sides of the aisle: politically active youth share their stories | August 2, 2012 | by Hrishi Deshpande, 17, Greta Herbertz, 14, and Leeann Sausser, 18

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