What Do Newsroom Writers Actually Do?

  • Write about art! Share your opinion on the art you see, publish your work, and get paid!

  • Work with teen editors - the TEDS will support you through the editing process in a constructive way to polish your work for publication

  • Have the opportunity to publish your work at our Media Partners including the Seattle Times and Encore Media

  • Be the first to hear about special TeenTix opportunities and events

  • Learn how social justice and racial equity intersect with being an active participant in the arts

  • Share your experience and be an ambassador for TeenTix and arts access in your own community

  • Navigate transportation in the city when coming to TeenTix HQ, and when seeing art at TeenTix Partners

  • Explore different neighborhoods and the arts experiences offered there

Newsroom Program Details

PARTICIPATION EXPECTATIONS:

  • Commit to writing at least one article for the TeenTix blog during the course of the school year. Selecting which event you’ll review is a flexible commitment based on your availability.

  • Actively participate in the Newsroom process of responding to calls for writers each month

  • Regularly communicate with the Teen Editorial Staff via email

  • Show up! Attend Newsroom meetings & engage/talk/discuss/react & be YOURSELF!

  • Share your opinions!

STIPENDS:

Newsroom writers earn a stipend of up to $20 stipend for each published review curated by the Teen Editorial Staff.

Stipends are based on four criteria:

  • Attendance at the art event

  • Communication with your editor

  • Respectful during the editing process

  • Meeting deadlines

ADDITIONAL LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:

If you are a second year Newsroom writer, you can apply to be part of the Teen Editorial Staff (TEDS). TEDS earn a $50 stipend each month for:

  • Attending and participating in TEDS Meetings

  • Editorial duties to support teen writers through the review process

  • Administrative duties to maintain the TEDS inbox and communicate with partner organizations


ATTENDANCE:

Attendance at three Newsroom meetings throughout the year is mandatory.

Saturday, September 10, 10am - 3pm (Newsroom Orientation and Retreat)

Saturday, January 7, 11am - 1pm

Saturday, April 22, 11am - 1pm

Newsroom writers are also expected to attend one Teen Editorial Staff meeting sometime during the year. TEDS meetings are held every other Thursday evening from 5-7 PM.

*In-person participation will be expected for the 2022/23 school year. Occasional Zoom participation can be accommodated upon request.

TeenTix follows COVID safety regulations as suggested by the CDC, as the safety of the young people in our community is our top priority. In-person requirements are subject to change.

Meetings are held at the Seattle Center in the Armory Building (305 Harrison St, Seattle WA 98109).

Teen Editorial Staff

The Teen Editorial Staff (TEDS) is a group of teens who curate the review portion of the TeenTix blog. Teen Editorial Staff members decide which TeenTix Arts Partners' events to cover each month, write an editorial about their curatorial choices, and assign Newsroom writers to review each event. TEDS members interface with our Arts Partners to set up press tickets for each review, and edit all Newsroom writing before it is published on the TeenTix blog. The Teen Editorial Staff is a group of skilled writers, editors, and leaders, who keep the pulse of the TeenTix Press Corps and the Seattle arts scene.

Teen editors are compensated for their work with a stipend of up to $50 per month.

To have an event considered by the Teen Editorial Staff to be reviewed, please send press releases, pitches, and requests to teeneditors@teentix.org.

Meet the 2022/2023 Teen Editorial Staff!

The 2022/2023 Teen Editorial Staff is comprised of six teens: Aamina Mughal, Audrey Gray, Disha Cattamanchi, Esha Potharaju, Kyle Gerstel, and Yoon Lee. These teen leaders are excited about providing even more opportunities for teen writers and to share their perspectives on the art in our community.

About the Teen Editors

Aamina Mughal

Aamina (she/her) is a junior at Eastside Prep where she has participated in public forum debate and her school’s peer mentor program. She was a member of the 2021/22 Museum of Pop Culture Youth Advisory Board and will be a member of the 2022/23 Youth Poet Laureate Cohort. She spent a year writing for the TeenTix Newsroom and is excited to continue writing as an editor. Aamina is a lover of music, books, and all things Seattle.




Audrey Gray

Audrey (she/her) is a junior at Shorewood High School, where she’s involved in her school’s newspaper and Psychology Club. She worked as a Newsroom writer for TeenTix for two years, but has been passionate about creative media her whole life, writing about it informally even before she became involved in arts criticism. She loves the power of creative mediums in expressing the range of the human experience. In her free time, Audrey loves to play the violin, read, write creatively, and watch movies—one of her favorite artistic mediums.



Disha Cattamanchi

Disha (she/her) is currently a senior at Juanita High School. She was a writer on the TeenTix Newsroom last year, with articles published both on the blog and in The Seattle Times. She is an active member in her school’s theater program, well versed in the ways of the lighting board and writing various plays. Disha believes that creating an equitable space is vital to the arts and tries to initiate inclusivity with all her work. When she isn’t watching movies, you’ll find her walking her dog or eating with her friends.




Esha Potharaju

Esha (she/her) is an avid art lover, writer, and programmer. She is a firm believer in the importance of diversity in the arts, because the arts shape culture, and culture shapes policy. She is grateful for the skills and opportunities TeenTix has imparted her and is eager to give back by supporting youth to pursue arts criticism and arts leadership. As an advocate for equity in education, she works with students and educators across California to increase access to information about the education system and to raise funding and community support for arts education. Esha believes that technology and art are two sides of the coin--both allow us to envision a better future for all, both are the tools we need to get there, and both are subjects that everyone deserves to learn. In her free time, you can find Esha scribbling something in a sketchbook or passionately trading analyses on comics and cartoons with her best friends.


Kyle Gerstel

Kyle (he/him) is a sophomore at Mercer Island High School. This is his third year as a part of the TeenTix Newsroom and first as a member of the Teen Editorial Staff! Although he has grown a lot the last two years as a writer and human with height, he remains a fan of Sacha Baron Cohen and Hermione Granger, although his parasocial relationships with each differ. Outside of TeenTix, Kyle enjoys writing, directing theatre, and obsessing over "We Think We Know You," the brilliant finale to Bo Burnham's 2013 stand-up special what. You should go watch that instead of reading the rest of this bio. Really? You didn't stop? Are you going to? No? I suppose that's not surprising—what am I but a mere bio, hopelessly wishing to persuade someone of something... Alas, a bio has no purpose but to consolidate a soul's existence to a few surface-level personality traits and perhaps evidence of a remarkably self-indulgent sense of humor.



Yoon Lee

Yoon (he/him) is currently a senior at the Lakeside School. He edits the Arts and Entertainment section for Lakeside’s newspaper, Tatler, and has led both the school orchestra’s viola section and the Bird Club that he founded since 2020. Previous to becoming a TED, Yoon wrote on the TeenTix Newsroom for two years and has been published on the blog and in The Seattle Times. When not writing, Yoon can be found practicing his repertoire (most recently the Viola Concerto by Bartok), watching random video essays on YouTube, and birdwatching around Washington.





Past TEDS

The six teens who made up the 2021/2022 Teen Editorial Staff cohort included, from left to right: Eleanor Cenname, Disha Cattamanchi, Lucia McLaren, Esha Potharaju, Valentine Wulf, and Triona Suiter.





The six teens who made up the 2019/2020 Teen Editorial Staff cohort included, from left to right: Joshua Fernandes, Tova Gaster, Olivia Sun, Kendall Kieras, Anya Shukla, and Lily Williamson.

Learn more about the TEDS 2.0 cohort right here!

The second year of the TeenTix Newsroom brought new experiences and challenges. The Teen Editorial Staff was hard at work throughout the entirety of the season, even during COVID-19. View their reviews on the TeenTix blog!

The six teens who made up the 2020/2021 Teen Editorial Staff cohort included, from left to right: Mila Borowski, Triona Suiter, Lily Williamson, Lucia McLaren, Eleanor Cenname, and Anya Shukla.

Learn more about the TEDS 3.0 cohort right here!

Throughout the pandemic, the Teen Editorial Staff focused on the shifting art world and published reviews of online art events. View their work on the TeenTix blog!



The five teens who made up the 2018/2019 Teen Editorial Staff cohort included, from left to right: Anya Shukla, Joshua Fernandes, Hannah Schoettmer, Huma Ali, and Lily Williamson.

Read more about the fab five right HERE.

In the first year of the TeenTix Newsroom, the Teen Editorial Staff published over 60 reviews of events at our Arts Partners. Read those reviews on the TeenTix blog!

Congratulations to this inaugural group of TEDS. Read their farewell Newsroom post right here: TEDS 1.0 Signing Off!



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