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The Wazoo makes its debut: students create newspaper

The first edition of the student-created community newspaper, the Wazoo, is being distributed to area homes in the May 21 edition of the Duluth Budgeteer News.

The first edition of the student-created community newspaper, the Wazoo, is being distributed to area homes in the May 21 edition of the Duluth Budgeteer News.
Murphy McGinnis Media, the sponsoring organization, has partnered with the Northland Foundation and the Duluth Alliance with Youth to provide students from Duluth, Proctor and Hermantown high schools the opportunity to improve communication with the community on youth issues. More than a dozen students have contributed to the newspaper's editorial content, photography, design and layout. Along with news stories, the students included the following sections in the premiere edition of the Wazoo: Arts & Entertainment, Technology, Travel, Opinion, Advice, Humor and the "Fridge," a bulletin board for activities and announcements.
The idea for the Wazoo surfaced at a meeting of the Duluth Alliance with Youth in January 1998. With 130 youths and adults attending this local summit, the group determined lack of communication was a barrier to student involvement in programs and activities in the Northland. As a result, a communication task force was formed, and the Wazoo was born.
"We are happy to provide a forum for youths to share their message with the community," said James M. McGinnis, president and CEO of Murphy McGinnis Media, the company that owns the Duluth Budgeteer News. "We are very pleased to have a talented and diverse group of young people working with us to bring their issues to all of our readers."
"This is an exciting project that has been designed by and targeted toward area youth," said Lynn Haglin, vice president of the Northland Foundation. "Creating this newspaper has not only provided students with a meaningful career experience, it has given them a venue to voice their opinions and share their perspectives on issues that are important to them. We are pleased that the Duluth Budgeteer News has committed time and resources to this great project."

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