8-18 Media Stories

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 ServiceBoston GlobePhiladelphia Inquirer, and Los Angeles Times.

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


March 2017 Stories
Print Story: Makers lab teaches 21 century skills
By Annabella Martinson, 12 and Liam Ulland‐Joy, 11, with contributions by Angel O’Connor, 16 and Anja McBride, 11
Audio Story:  Peter White Scribblers by Will Guter, 15, Liam Ulland-Joy, 11, Anja McBride, 12, Anna Rayhorn, 11

January 2017 Stories

Print Story: The journey of a journalist
By Will Guter, 15, Annabella Martinson, 12, with contributions by Liam Ulland-Joy, 11
Audio Story:  TEDx Inspiration by Elise Heide, 13

October 2016 Stories

Print Story: Michigan Attorney General talks with 8-18
By Abigail Pierce, 17, Emilee Solka, 16, Calli Solka, 14 with contributions by Brandon O’Brien, 13, Annabella Martinson, 12, Anja McBride, 11
Audio Story:  Coin collecting can be a modern hobby for modern kids
Annabella Martinson, 12 and Liam Ulland Joy, 11, with contributions by Anna Rayhorn, 11, and Michael Mankee, 11

August 2016 Stories

Print Story: Coin collecting can be a modern hobby for kids
By Annabella Martinson, 11 and Liam Ulland-Joy, 11, with contributions by Michael Mankee, 11 and Anna Rayhorn, 10
Audio Story:  Coping with Marfan Syndrome
By Liam Ulland-Joy, 11, Annabella Martinson, 11 and Michael Mankee, 11