ThreeSixty Journalism's September 2012 Print Magazine

This issue of the ThreeSixty Journalism magazine features collections of stories on the upcoming election, as well as thoughtful essays examining whether race still matters in America and much, much more!

Although many of our readers and reporters won’t be old enough to vote in this November’s election, many of the decisions made will affect everyone’s lives. After reading this issue, you’ll learn how many youth don’t vote, how to register and vote, and why it matters.

During our intensive Intermediate Journalism Camp in June, 10 reporters delved into the issues of the election, including the marriage and photo ID amendments. They also report on the youth vote and supporters of the top presidential candidates.

This issue has tons of fun and informative content in it. Start enjoying and learning!

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Driving as if Mom is in the car.

If you were to ask Sam Gutoske, 17, of Minneapolis, whether having a camera monitoring him while he drives is an invasion of privacy, he would say, “No.”

The camera he would be talking about is part of American Family Insurance’s Teen Safe Driver Program. For American Family Insurance customers, the program is entirely free, easy to set up and lasts for a year.

YourTurn essay winners

YourTurn winners: Describe your cross-cultural friendship

In the latest YourTurn essay contest, Minnesota teens wrote about their experiences with cross-cultural friendships. We asked about barriers, learned about challenges and received many thoughtful stories based on meaningful connections. Here are the winners!

Democrats and Elephants vie for the youth vote

Voting is easy

I’ve been waiting for this moment my entire life. My parents and I have had serious discussions about the choices I will make. My friends have told me to be careful. I’m a little nervous, but I think I’m ready. Ready to vote.

Matt Smriga, director of campus organizing with the Minnesota State University S

Political parties and student groups urge youth to vote

In 2008, young voters helped make Barack Obama the president, but the high turnout of people aged 18-29 is not expected to be repeated this year.

Nik Johnson

Disappointed and anxious, young voters unlikely to show up in record numbers this fall

Frustrated by a weak job market and high college costs, many young voters are less excited about this year’s presidential election than they were in 2008.

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie

Photo ID for voting: Protecting against fraud or discouraging the young from voting?

In this fall’s 2012 elections, not only do Minnesotan voters need to vote on political candidates. They need to cast a vote about voting.

A group of young voters discusses the Voter ID amendment.

Teens know little about Photo ID amendment

This fall, voters in Minnesota will decide on two amendments that would change the state’s constitution. Many people know about the marriage amendment, but of more than a dozen teens interviewed for this article, few knew about the photo ID amendment.

Milate Tibebe’s parents got her involved in politics at a young age.

Obama supporter: Learning early to get involved

Fleeing from persecution, the parents of Melate Tibebe, 19, taught her from childhood to appreciate being a native U.S. citizen, including the importance of being politically active. This summer, she’s working for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

Bob Koss, 25, of St. Paul supports Mitt Romney for president in 2012.

Mitt Romney supporter: Less government, stricter immigration

Bob Koss, 25, of St. Paul hopes he can help presidential candidate Mitt Romney make history in Minnesota, which has voted for Democrats in the last nine presidential elections.

Carlos Conway supports Ron Paul for president in 2012.

Ron Paul supporter: Radically smaller government with libertarian social views

Carlos Conway looks like a regular guy: Dark hair, brown eyes, plaid shirt. But when it comes to politics, he’s a radical.

Lori Luchsinger and Karen Salmey

Gay marriage as a matter of fairness

For Lori Luchsinger and Karen Salmey, gaining the right to marry is simply a matter of fairness.

One local Catholic family struggles with its beliefs about the marriage amendmen

Faith and justice: A Catholic family struggles with the marriage amendment

One local Catholic family struggles with its beliefs about the marriage amendment.

Aakib Khaled, 23, Edina, is a business analyst.

Young Minnesotans urge attention for international concerns

As the 2012 presidential race intensifies, the candidates are battling primarily over domestic concerns. But many Americans, especially younger ones, are anxious to hear more discussion of global issues.

Operation Job Search

“Knock, knock!”
“Who’s there?”
“Orange who?”
“Orange you going to get a job?”

With summer just two months away, the dilemma of getting a job is at my doorsteps.


Give me some credit

Once teens turn 18, they can vote, gamble and live on their own. But teens are not allowed to have credit cards without parental approval until they reach 21.

Some teens are ticked off that they still need mom and dad to give them access to credit. One is 17-year -old Jonah Rood of St. Louis Park.

Collage of a face

Can’t you take a joke?

Recognizing racism in the jokes we tell and assumptions we make.

Race doesn't determine my destiny

Imagine this: You’re a six-year-old, first-generation American whose parents originally came from Liberia, a country in West Africa. Your mother, a fashionista of sorts, attends most of the local Liberian get-togethers. Lucky for you, there’s a Liberian social event that your mom has decided to take you to. You can’t wait for the delicious foods, good music and dancing.

Things do not go as expected.

Seeing Race Across the Border

When Canadians say that they don’t see race, a black American disagrees.

Searching for roots

Cut off from his Mexican ancestry, a teen wants to know more.

Illustration of a person named "opportunity" seeking only the Caucasian.

Knowing who I am

When friends assumed she was Caucasian, Sinthia thought hard about what it means to be Latina.

Students rally at a protest for immigrant rights.

A DREAM come true: Executive order allows young, illegal immigrants to stay in U.S.

Victor, 18, was only four years old when his parents brought him into the United States illegally. He was far too young to have made that choice, which is why he approves of the Obama Administration’s new executive action, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Isaura Greene

Book Review: Thirteen Reasons Why

When I picked up 13 Reasons Why, I was a bit skeptical. I thought it would be depressing since it centers on a teen’s suicide. But the story tells about much more than just that incident.