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Max Jones ~ youngest Journalist at the Olympics!

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Uploaded on Feb 15, 2010

Max Jones ~
"He has already distinguished himself as a child prodigy, working on Barack Obamas presidential campaign and holding candlelight vigils for American journalist Laura Ling, who, with her sister Lisa, was held captive for several months in a North Korea prison camp until their dramatic release to former U.S. president Bill Clinton at the beginning of August.

Ling called Jones the next day to thank him.

Now the Toronto-born Jones is here to cover the Olympics through his own particular lens. That would be a happy one. His Web-based news outlet, Weekend News Today, reports only positive news. Even when the world is crumbling all around him, he finds the one bright spot.

He is proud to report that his website, which he established at the tender age of 10, produces a show every Friday and has reporters from ages 12 to 25 on every continent including Antarctica.

He admits to having no formal training other than taking an online course in journalism through the Florida-based Poynter Institute. The 50-odd correspondents working for the site dont get paid, but a dollar is donated to their charity of choice each time they write an article. Jones goes to school in Florida, where he lives with his mother. His teachers are fine with him missing some school, as they feel he will learn a lot by being here.

Max has done this completely on his own, all the planning, she said. He comes home from school at 4 p.m. and he is on the computer and on the telephone.

Max admits people here sometimes ask him whether he is working for a kids station or whether he is here to draw cartoons. He assures them he is not. He is here to tell stories, real stories, all with a positive twist."

From the Vancouver Sun.
By YVONNE ZACHARIAS, VANCOUVER SUNFebruary 12, 2010

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