Shout Out staffers, reviewer Shana Cochrane, left, sub-editor David Terelinck, comic writer Michael Board and photojournalist T
Shout Out staffers, reviewer Shana Cochrane, left, sub-editor David Terelinck, comic writer Michael Board and photojournalist T

Magazine gives youth something to Shout about

By JULIA ILES

AROUND 25 staff and supporters of Shout Out youth magazine celebrated their first edition on Friday at the Naked Bean Cafe in South Grafton over coffee and cookies.

Recently the free magazine was distributed through schools and retail outlets.

The young editorial team use the magazine to gain experience in writing and photography while many have career goals of working in the publishing industry.

Seventeen-year-old McCauley Catholic College student Bridie Jabour hopes to study journalism to get a bachelor of arts when she finishes school at the end of the year.

"It was difficult to find the time to write articles but it was a fun environment to work in, with lots of ideas going around, but it was a relief when everything came together," she said.

Bridie was the winner of the nationwide Triple J Haywire competition set up to tell the stories of rural youth.

Sub-editor and writer of the magazine 18-year-old David Terelinck said he had enjoyed the challenges of the magazine.

"It's a great chance for me to practice my skills and I really enjoy writing especially poetry, although I don't have any (poems) in this edition I will in the next," he said.

Theo Jongen treasurer of Clarence Valley Arts Inc, which oversees the project, said he hoped the magazine would assist local artists.

"Every edition will include a spread of the best local art. There are not many outlets in Valley for them. Helping artists is why we are supporting the project," he said.

This year there will be two editions and the left over funding will go to buying digital cameras and other equipment.

Co-ordinator of the project James Patterson said a website (www.shoutout.org.au) would be launched soon with links to articles and online discussions.

"We are always looking for more volunteers to help with the production, but for the first issue it was really a learning experience, the young people were able to choose what they wanted," he said.

The magazine has also employed the talents of eight Links to Learning participants.



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