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Memphis Teen Creates Journalism Opportunities

by Emily Faber

…Donaldson seeks to cover local news pertaining to teens, especially schools. Entertainment, sports, fashion – whatever her writers’ passions, The Memphis Teen will provide the platform for it.

“I really want it to be an open forum for all student journalists to be able to write about what they want, to get that experience,” said Donaldson.

The idea for The Memphis Teen arose after Donaldson faced a series of roadblocks that prevented her from having an outlet to write, beginning with the collapse of her own school’s newspaper at Bolton High School…Now, Donaldson has actualized her dream of creating a Memphis newspaper for teens and is looking to build her team for The Memphis Teen…

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Memphis Teen Launches Citywide Student Newspaper

by Bianca Phillips

“I was left with no media organization to write for, and I realized that many students around Shelby County probably wouldn’t have one either since many of the schools have lost journalism funding,” Donaldson said.

This past June, when Donaldson was attending a Baldwin Fellows investigative journalism workshop at the University of South Carolina, she realized that she had to start her own self-sustaining media organization. She announced in a workshop that she’d be doing just that, and she was referred to Chris Muldrow with Rambletype — a marketing business. Muldrow offered to host The Memphis Teen website, and Donaldson said, at that point, she “had no excuse not to do this.” She filed for incorporation with the state, and now she’s accepting applications…

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