Jay Rosen says that “‘I’m there, you’re not, let me tell you about it’ is the headwater for a whole system of authority in journalism.” By that standard, Martha Payne, who’s 9 years old and lives in Scotland, is an authoritative journalist on the school lunch beat. With the approval of her school and her parents, she photographed and wrote about the (awful) lunches she was getting at her blog Never Seconds. Her writing spurred a change to more healthy food in her cafeteria. And she’s raised £11,000 for a charity that feeds school kids in Africa. So, of course, her council (I guess that’s like the county government) banned her from taking pictures of food in school.
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