ThreeSixty Journalism's December 2012 Print Magazine

Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, teen prostitution, local musician John Mark Nelson, unique careers, studying abroad, teens in the circus. Are you intrigued yet? You’ll find all of this content and more as you enjoy our December 2012 issue.

Cover stories for this issue are a testament to the passion and persistence — not too mention the wealth of wonderful ideas — generated from our teen editorial board members and senior reporters. Simon Lancaster explores a campaign to end teen prostitution in Minnesota and chronicles the life of a young woman who spent much of her adolescent life on the streets. Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe talks about life as a teenager in the first installment of our “@16” series with Minnesota celebrities and newsmakers. Accompanied by her own gorgeous photography, Jennah Benalshaikh interviews an award-winning Korean art student (and classmate) pursuing her dreams in America.

Also in the issue: Powerful essays about the death of a classmate, living as a teenager with the “special education” tag and one student’s struggle to accept the model minority myth. Furthermore, you will find richly reported pieces about healthier school lunches, studying abroad and local musician John Mark Nelson.

So, what are you waiting for? Stop reading ABOUT the issue and just dive right in! The full PDF version of the magazine is below.

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Reader feedback: Students at Laporte School respond to ThreeSixty articles

Editor’s note: Students from John Henningsgaard’s Personal Writing class at Laporte School in north-central Minnesota responded to articles in ThreeSIxty’s September/October issue.


Interview: Award-winning author Sonia Nazario to speak at ThreeSixty Journalism fundraiser

Not many journalists would sit on top of moving freight trains, live in the near-constant danger of being killed and travel thousands of miles away from their spouse to tackle the unknown in the name of investigative reporting.

Military raises standards, issues fewer waivers as recruitment goals take backseat

If you’ve been planning to join the United States military, you’d better cut out the extra calories and tattoo shop visits.


@16: Vikings punter Chris Kluwe talks about life as a teen

Just a punter? Chris Kluwe opens up about football, gaming, gay rights and high school life in our first installment of @16.

"Are you buckled up?" Death of a classmate changes life behind the wheel in River Falls

Everything changed when a River Falls teenager was killed in a car accident last May. The click of a buckle could have meant everything.


Truth and consequences: Struggling with the model minority myth

The pressure to be smart and docile can be too much for Asian Americans, as Diana Lu has discovered during her high school years.

Prostitution unmasked: Campaign reveals the pain of teen victims

Organizations led by the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota are rallying for change and working to end the sexual exploitation of teen girls.

Fashioning art: Korean student thrives on creativity, achievement and sharing

Hee Soo Kim is different and proud of it. Whether it’s the way she does her hair or the art she creates, the senior at St. Paul Preparatory School keeps changing things up.

YourTurn winners: What are the effects of classroom technologies?

How has technology affected high school learning? Our essay winners weigh in.

Special education students rely on strong support system to overcome daily challenges

Unable to walk on his own, Kenny Knutson relies on his parents to move him around the house in a wheelchair.

Yes, I'm in special education. Does it matter?

What does it mean to be a special education student? One teen writer explores the embarrassment of being labelled.

Friendships formed at Circus Juventas endure across oceans

There’s no clownin’ around here. Circus Juventas in St. Paul teaches teens valuable performance skills and relationship building.

Brave new world: Studying abroad provides unique learning opportunities

Scott Carpenter did some studying during a five-month spring semester in Queenstown, New Zealand. Just not in an environment most American college students are used to.

Game on! Students can power up design skills for successful video game careers

Stephen Dinehart has always been a gamer and comic book lover. When he was 10 years old, he bought the original Nintendo Entertainment System for $110 after a year of saving his money.

Anel Braziel worked as a teacher's assistant through  Minneapolis Step-Up.

Despite tough job market, Minneapolis program matches teens with opportunities

To most teenagers, being surrounded by 20 or more children would be something to avoid. To Anel Braziel, it’s an opportunity.

Spoken word artist Lisa Brimmer makes a living from what she loves.

Living art: Dedication and second jobs support artists' careers

Bryan Nichols makes money performing and teaching jazz, a big change from his original plan to become a doctor.

John Mark Nelson no longer waiting (and waiting) for his music career to begin

Thanks to a boost from local tastemaker station The Current, John Mark Nelson is living his music dreams at 18.

Students take a bite out of new, healthier school lunchroom regulations

On first look during the new school year, it wouldn’t seem much has changed at Central High School in St. Paul.