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Waddup and welcome. This is Mario Iván Oña, freelance journalist and director of The Washington Post Young Journalists Development Program (YJDP). This blog is for, by and about young peeps. It's intended to train and give a voice to rising journalists in this crazy new media world. Hopefully, it can also engage you with some good dialogue through thought-provoking posts and comments. We'll also be posting links to articles we think might strike a chord with students and young people.

Of course, we will regularly post student-generated content like The Cappies theater reviews below, where local high school student critics write about high school plays. We will also post the work created through YJDP, like the three multimedia packages completed during the YJDP Digital Workshop and the YJDP Sports Coverage Workshop. But beyond that we encourage students to pitch story ideas and teachers to link their students' stories or newspapers/

Finally, we'll also let you know about different student training and internship opportunities like the upcoming Urban Journalism Workshop (deadline: Jan. 16, 2010).

Oh, I almost forgot. Your first (and probably last) homework assignment: Let's rename this blog. One strong contender is "Generation Now - A place for budding bloggers, juvenile journalists and young folks." Another is "Washington Post University." Post your comments below.

If you have any recommendations or story ideas, the floor is yours. You can reach out to me via e-mail at And don't forget to friend us on Facebook.

By Mario Iván Oña  |  December 17, 2009; 8:46 AM ET
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The National Capital Area Cappies is DELIGHTED with the exciting new coverage of high school theatre here online at The Washington Post! We are thrilled to be able to share the student-written reviews of metro area high theatre--the best theatre bargain in town!
Each week at least one Cappie critic's work will be featured as the follow on to that weekend's show(s). We hope the word spreads that these budding journalists really know their stuff and that a genuine following will emerge for this new, exciting blog/website!
Thanks, Washington Post and thanks, Mario Ona!
Judy Bowns, Cappies Co-founder and Director

Posted by: judybowns | December 17, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

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