Bermagui youth magazine publishes second issue

Hot off the press: Finnley McKechnie, Matthias Buetefuer, Charlotte Shultz, Danika Myers, Axle King, Sam Glassin, Gracie Sunderland and Harrison McKee with their youth magazine, Dot Dot Dot. Photo: Alana Beitz

Hot off the press: Finnley McKechnie, Matthias Buetefuer, Charlotte Shultz, Danika Myers, Axle King, Sam Glassin, Gracie Sunderland and Harrison McKee with their youth magazine, Dot Dot Dot. Photo: Alana Beitz

A team of youngsters have been snooping for scoops around Bermagui to include in a new youth magazine, Dot Dot Dot. 

With the help of Bega Valley Shire Library staff and parents, the team has filled their magazine with topics that catch kids’ attention, like art, sports, comics and local interviews.

The magazine team launched their second issue at the Bermagui library on Tuesday, October 10.

In issue two, young writer Harrison McKee shared his experience of interning at Parliament house with Federal Member for Eden Monaro, Mike Kelly, exploring the unseen sides of Parliament House.

Sam Gleenson covers the sports round, reporting on cross country and Aussie Rules. One day Sam wants to be a sports reporter.

Finnley McKecknie lets his creativity run wild in the magazine. His epic story of an intergalactic battle between penguins and frog bums has unfolded over two issues.

Danica Myers works had to bring all of these ideas and more together as the magazines editor, and also contributes poetry and interviews for the “local heroes” column.

“Making the magazine is stressful sometimes, but always fun,” she said. 

Bermagui resident Yolanda Del Valle-Buetefuer helped the formation of the magazine with a small group of home schooled and local kids.

“I learned a lot of things along the way, like the language of kids,” she said.

“Some words they used were totally new to me, so this magazine is very much their own voice.”

Bega Valley Shire Council programs and partnerships officer Scott Baker said the group picked up the digital skills behind a publication. 

“The library is about improving literacy, but also to provide kids with digital skills, like layouts and Photoshop editing,” he said. 

“The magazine has grown organically because it has the support of parents and the community, and that support assures us this program can sustain itself in the future.”

With issue two hot off the press, the young minds of the magazine team are turning to issue three. Some are still deciding on their next topic, but the whole team is looking forward to the next chapter.

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