last december the media held an open editorial meeting at the all-ages venue that liz now lives at, the silent barn. at that meeting we met jacob weingast, a 16-year-old from the suburbs of nyc. he happened upon the meeting by chance, and mostly was at the barn to see marissa paternoster’s set later on.
weeks after the meeting we received some emails with story pitches from jacob and other high school students who were at the meeting. they were smart and thoughtful. the media had featured contributions from high school age writers before. in general, we are perpetually impressed by how critical and socially-conscious so many of the teenagers we meet today are. we’re pretty sure it has a lot to do with the internet and tumblr and we think that is cool and inspiring.
fast forward to april and jacob pitches us the idea for an issue written completely by teenagers. it was a great idea so naturally we said yes. we were in touch for the past few months about the issue (largely compiled over summer vacation, awesome) but for the most part everything was curated by jacob, who assured us that to keep the issue inclusive he would make sure it only featured one other “straight cis white guy contributing.” that email has stuck with us because we definitely did not know what the word “cis” meant until around age 23.
we are super impressed by how this issue turned out. some of the issue is specifically related to “all ages” issues — there is an essay on the value of all ages shows by jaclyn walsh, an interview with a 16-year-old show booker/bassist from the DC area named ray brown. other pieces aren’t specifically focused on age-related issue, but are just cool pieces that happened to be written by teens. there are some amazing teenage artists featured, like the entire mixtape of teen bands, a video of girlpool from L.A., and drawings by liana helene (a/k/a the very talented liana’s fire, who has written for the media in the past. fun fact: we met at a rookie meet up in boston!)
to reiterate, folks of all ages are always welcome to write for every issue of the media. but an all-ages issue seemed like a good idea, a good place to specifically publish some pieces directly related to the value of all-ages shows, today’s unique teenage experiences, etc.there were a lot of good stories we wanted to include but it didn’t work out schedule-wise, so in the next few months the media will start publishing some sort of sporadic recurring youth-penned column focused on all-ages/teen-culture things.
young people are just as smart, articulate, and on-point in their ideas as any other writers. the idea that a person needs to wait until they are in their 20s or 30s to start having their voice heard is a very bizarre notion that needs to be destroyed.
*all teenagers* please pitch us anytime!
<3 liz & faye