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Old 04-15-2014, 11:21 AM - Thread Starter
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I would like to find a magazine or news publication (in print preferably) geared towards teens about current events.  I thought there was one, but now am just not finding it.  Does anyone know of one?  Have you read it?  If so, what are your thoughts?

 

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Curious what you're looking for that you want something "geared to teens." All news media are coloured by their biases and limited by whatever filtering they do to maximize their audiences and revenue. I prefer my kids learn to recognize sources of bias, and become consumers of a variety of media sources so that they become familiar with various slants, develop their critical thinking skills and critique various forms of bias. Once their reading level is up to the task and they've reached an age where they no longer need parental filtering to protect them from stuff they're particularly emotionally sensitive to (for us that was pretty young: age 8 or 10), I've generally just turned my kids loose on a range of media intended for the general public. With lots of family discussion and support and critical thinking nudges, of course. We no longer do print magazines, but when we did the news-oriented ones we subscribed to were Macleans and The Walrus (both Canadian), The Utne Reader and The Week. And Wired, if that counts.

 

I know the New York Times has a teen-targeted news magazine intended for educational purposes, called Upfront. It's probably along the lines of what you're looking for, but I'd still make a pitch for providing a wide variety of sources and spins in a teen's current events diet.

 

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I began to read Time magazine when I was 10 years old - my parents had it in the house.

 

I think any current news magazine is capable of being understood and enjoyed by teenagers. My kids are now 17 & 16 and they sometimes read these mags:

    *The Economist  http://www.economist.com/

   * Harpers - http://harpers.org/

   * National Geographic http://www.nationalgeographic.com/

   * The New Yorker http://www.newyorker.com/

 

Other mags that are more  "Alternative" 

   * Utne Reader http://www.utne.com

   * In These Times - http://inthesetimes.com/

    * Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/

    * The Nation http://www.thenation.com/

 

If you want to seek out  even more "alternative" mags, take a look at the Alternative Press Center's directory

http://www.altpress.org/mod/apc_directory/index.php & browse under "News"

 

Overall,  I think it is healthy & educational for kids from the age of 12 or so to start reading adults news info.

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Thank you!

 

The reason I wanted it geared to teens is simply because I hope that it will spark an interest in something beyond celebrity news for my daughter.  She reads very well, always has, but isn't inclined to pick up the typical news magazines.  I was thinking that a product designed (rather marketed) for teens might give her a taste of something that she would want to read more about.  I was also hoping that some of the articles would give more background information to an issue.  

 

I hadn't thought of some of the publications mentioned.  I will be looking them up.  Thank you.

 

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For my kids the way they got interested in current events and politics has been through political satire. Particularly in TV form, even though we're not much of a TV-watching family. In Canada we watched shows like Royal Canadian Air Farce, Rick Mercer Report and This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Do you have similar shows in the US?

 

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For my kids the way they got interested in current events and politics has been through political satire. Particularly in TV form, even though we're not much of a TV-watching family. In Canada we watched shows like Royal Canadian Air Farce, Rick Mercer Report and This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Do you have similar shows in the US?

 

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Great idea!  My husband and I like to watch The Cobert Report.  I think I will try that.  

 

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Getting a chuckle.  I was raised (11yo onward) on SNL news.  At first it was the 5pm reruns* of the original series ("This breaking news from Chevy Chase.  Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead!"), then it was the current shows through the 80's.  I started staying up that late around 13-14yo.

 

*Thank you to the Carson TV folks (Channel 5, Las Vegas) who had the guts to play it, uncut, for your family viewing pleasure!


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