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Muhlenberg College and FHI360 are pleased to announce the renewal of the Youth Media Reporter (YMR), the only professional journal dedicated to the youth media field.

Muhlenberg College and FHI360 are pleased to announce the renewal of the Youth Media Reporter (YMR), the only professional journal dedicated to the youth media field.  YMR will be relaunched at Muhlenberg under the management of Lora Taub-Pervizpour and the HYPE Leadership Team.  Taub-Pervizpour is associate professor and chair of the department of media and communication at Muhlenberg College, and co-directs with Jenna Azar, the HYPE youth media program.  “YMR’s revival is vital at a time when rapid shifts in technology and expectations in the new landscape of careers for the next generation take form,” stated former YMR manager Ingrid Dahl, Director of Next Gen Programs at the Bay Area Video Coalition.

Students enrolled in Azar and Taub-Pervizpour’s “Youth Media” course will have opportunities to connect their academic studies of the field to hands-on activities supporting the production of YMR.  “That YMR will be led by a team of students at Muhlenberg College ensures that the journal’s evolution will be in the best of hands – inquisitive minds, investigative hopes, determined best practices, and the finger on the pulse of change. Having YMR in the hands of the next generation—I couldn’t ask for a better home for the field’s increasing visibility and credibility,” Dahl states.

YMR was incubated at The Open Society Institute as a professional publication to document best practices in the youth media field.  In 2006, the Academy for Educational Development became the new managers of YMR under the leadership of Dahl and the Youth Engagement Team. During their tenure, the journal engaged a 12 person peer review board, carried 2,000 online subscribers, launched six multimedia web issues per year and released an annual bound version including an academically inclined special features section.

“We are excited to steward this timely effort to reactivate YMR’s leadership and presence in the evolving youth media field.  Like so many practitioners, educators and scholars in the a field, we have felt its absence,” said Taub-Pervizpour, adding that “access to YMR was critical to my early work in youth media and lessons learned from the reports published in YMR have contributed to HYPE’s success.”

“HYPE is about valuing youth voices,” states Azar.  “And YMR provides a space for documenting critical insights from the many programs across diverse communities that share this commitment to valuing and supporting young people as media makers, storytellers, and advocates.”

For information about the Youth Media Reporter, contact ltaub@muhlenberg.edu, and for information about HYPE, contact jazar@muhlenberg.edu.