8-18 Media is a youth development and leadership program of the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum in Marquette, Michigan. The program’s mission is to empower youth by giving them a significant voice in the world. 8-18 Media provides a news service reported and edited by young people ages 8 to 18. Stories focus on issues that affect kids and are of interest to all ages.
The young journalists work in teams to cover stories. They determine what topics to cover, research, develop the story angle, conduct interviews and edit the stories. Print stories appear regularly in Marquette Monthly magazine. Radio stories are broadcast throughout the Upper Peninsula each week on WMQT Radio and WNMU Public Radio 90 in Marquette. Stories have appeared in national outlets including the New York Times News Service, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Los Angeles Times.
January 2018 Stories
Print Story: Swimming with Killer Whales
By: Annabella Martinson, 13 with contributions by Ava Larson, 12, Althea Schalow, 11 Bria Larson, 10, Georgia Hummell, 10, Esme Ulland-Joy, 9 and Ella Falk, 8.
Audio Story: I Volunteer by Angel O’Connor, 17
September 2017 Stories
Print Story: Exhibits are the heart of a museum
By: Annabella Martinson, 12 with contributions by Angel O’Connor, 16, Sophia Portale, 12, Michael Mankee, 12, and Anja McBride, 12
Audio Story: My Trip to Peru by Michael Mankee, 12
May 2017 Stories
Print Story: Happy Birthday Museum! 😉
By Liam Ulland-Joy, 12 and Annabella Martinson, 12 with contributions by Sophia Portale, 12, Anja McBride, 12 and Anna Rayhorn, 11
Audio Story: Another Year Older by Anja McBride, 12