On a Saturday morning about two months ago, a kind mustachioed gentleman named Michael Tortorello visited me in my home to interview me about a website I co-run called The Do Not Enter Diaries for this newspaper called The New York Times. Michael had heard of our project after I left the NYTimes a long, excited voicemail about it. I am still in awe that this happened, and the reactions that have come about since have been humbling (read the full article here). For those of you who don’t know The Do Not Enter Diaries, it’s a weekly webseries I founded with my best friend Emily Cohn that tells the stories of teenagers through their bedrooms. From top-to-bottom our site is of-teens-by-teens, dedicated to broadening our definition of the teenage bedroom.
Emily films and edits the videos, while I interview our teen subjects, created/ run our website (read our co-founder’s diaries here). We currently post a new video every Wednesday at 4PM, but in the coming months we’ll be adding columns on Mondays and Fridays as well. I am most excited about Mondays’ Correspondent’s Corner. Because we are dedicated to making The Do Not Enter Diaries as global as possible, one way of accomplishing this is through our correspondent program, where teenagers with a strong interest in film, help us reach teens in areas to which we cannot travel. Correspondents are responsible for cultivating a unique group of teenagers whom they know, filming them in our style, and sending us the footage to edit as we see fit. You can fill out the application to become a correspondent here.
We also have a lot of other online and print media projects coming out in the coming months to keep an eye out for. But, as always, we are looking for teens who have a connection to their room. Don’t hesitate to apply or shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org , Tweets us @donotenterdiary or like us on Facebook to share questions/comments .
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