A Notre Dame freshman recently founded a news and opinion website that publishes content daily from universities across the country. NextGen Journal, the site that is geared toward college students, launched last week. Freshman Connor Toohill manages the site and currently serves as editor-in-chief. Toohill said he was inspired to start the news site for college students in 2009 when the national budget debate sparked interest in many of his classmates at his high school. “There were a lot of things being talked about that had a lot of impact on the next generation,” Toohill said, “but our voices were never really in the conversation.” Toohill said he wanted to create a forum for the opinions of the younger generation. NextGen Journal currently staffs over 50 college students from universities around the country, Toohill said. Students from universities such as Stanford, Georgetown, and Harvard, in addition to Notre Dame students, contribute pieces that submitted to a core group of editors. Freshman Brendan Moran is one of a core group of editors for the journal. “We went through about 75 college newspapers, picked out their best writers, and asked them to join our staff,” Moran said. According to Moran, this diversity gives NextGen Journal an edge over a single-campus publication. “We have that national focus,” Moran said, “not just only focusing on Notre Dame students and Notre Dame writers but branching out and trying to hear what’s going on and how people in other parts of the country interpret and perceive this content that is very pertinent to college students.” NextGen Journal publishes articles covering topics from international and domestic politics to music, sports and celebrities. “There’s a void out there in the national media lately for analysis and insightful content for college students,” Toohill said. “There is nothing for our generation other than the specific campus by campus content of college papers. So we’re trying to do something national with it.” Creating and developing the site was a long process for Toohill. He spent months laying the groundwork for the launch by contacting possible staff and finalizing the objectives and format of NextGen Journal. Toohill said much of the success of the recent launch to technical director and freshman Chas Jhin, who designed the website’s layout. Now that NextGen Journal has officially launched, Toohill and Moran said they are concentrating on publicizing and growing their venture. “We definitely want to expand as much as we can and focus on expanding it nationally and getting as many people aware of it as possible nationwide,” Moran said. Toohill said he shares this aspiration. “We want to become the foremost site for news and opinion by students for students,” he said. Toohill said students interested in contributing to NextGen Journal can visit the nextgenjournal.com and click on the “Join NextGen” page. “More than anything, [NextGen Journal] is interesting to the reader,” Toohill said. “There’s a lot of really great, interesting, cool, practical content.”
Mikel Arteta’s encouraging rebuilding job at Arsenal continued with a thrilling victory over a resolute Everton, a result that could have a big say in the race for European football next season.The Spaniard had Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang largely to thank for the outcome after the striker scored twice, including the winner – taking his personal goals tally to 19 for the season and an impressive 60 in 95 games for the Gunners.The see-saw game could not have got off to a worse start for Arteta’s side, though, as their shambolic defending allowed Dominic Calvert-Lewin to overhead kick Everton into the lead following a Gylfi Sigurdsson free-kick after just 49 seconds.But the Gunners slowly wrestled control of the game away from the visitors, with Eddie Nketiah side-footing a volley home to draw them level from early substitute Bukayo Saka’s superb left-wing cross, before Aubameyang slotted them into the lead.Their progress was again checked when Richarlison capitalised on yet more defensive frailty to poke Everton level just before half-time, but Aubameyang headed the home side back ahead 26 seconds after the break.Everton had chances to get at least a point, but Calvert-Lewin saw a cross agonisingly elude his slide before firing straight at Leno from close range.The win means Arsenal remain unbeaten in 2020 and gives them back-to-back league victories for the first time since the opening two matches of the campaign.Should Manchester City’s Champions League ban be upheld, eighth place in the Premier League could be enough to qualify for the Europa League, and the top five could be good enough for Europe’s premier club competition. The Gunners are now just two points off Wolves in eighth and four points behind fifth-placed Manchester United.Everton, who have European aspirations of their own following a run of five games unbeaten prior to this, are 11th but still in the mix, a point worse off than the Gunners. Source: BBC
African stars were in fine goal scoring form for their clubs in the various competition played on Tuesday.In England, Nigeria striker Peter Odemwingie scored his first goal for Cardiff in their Capital One Cup clash against West Ham United on Tuesday.Odemwingie, who made his debut coming off the bench in the 1-0 loss to Tottenham at the weekend, was at his first start for Cardiff and levelled the score in the 75th minute.Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Touré also netted for the third game in a row in all competitions in a 5-0 win over Championship side Wigan Athletic.The 30-year-old scored from a free-kick, like he did against Newcastle and Hull City.GERMANYBorussia Dortmund needed extra time to grind out a 2-0 win at second-division 1860 Munich in the second round of the German Cup . Dortmund made the breakthrough in the 105th minute with a penalty from substitute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Marco Reus was fouled by 1860 midfielder Dominik Stahl, who was sent off, and the Gabon international sent goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly the wrong way.SPAINSenegalese forward Papa Babacar Diawara scored his first league goal of the season to give Levante the lead in their 1-1 draw against Real Valladolid.It was his first goal in competitive games since 28 November, 2012, when he found the back of the net with Sevilla against Espanyol in a Copa del Rey tie.He last scored in the Spanish top-flight on May 5, 2012. FRANCEIvory Coast winger Salomon Kalou put Lille ahead after 13 minutes against Evian Thonon Gaillard in a French Ligue 1 encounter.Thanks to the 3-0 win, LOSC move to 3rd place, one point less than Marseille who beat Saint-Etienne 2-1. Algeria left back Fouazi Ghoulam converted a penalty for the visitors.It was a great day for African players in Ligue 2.Guinea striker Mohamed Yattara scored a hat-trick for Angers before his former club Troyes completed an unbelievable comeback to a finalscore of 3-3. Senegalese left back Ousmane Cissokho netted for the second game in a row for Nimes but it was a consolation goal in a 2-1 loss to Niort.Metz won their derby against Nancy 3-0 thanks to French youth international of Ivorian descentYeni N’gabakoto, talented Guinean attacking midfielder Bouna Sarr and former Ghana U-20 striker Kwame Nsor.Senegalese midfielder Cheikh Ndoye scored his fourth goal of the season for Créteil but his compatriot Zakaria Diallo and Ivorian striker Koro Koné sealed a 3-1 win for Dijon.Benin full back Emmanuel Imorou scored a late equalizer for Clermont and Cameroonian striker Christian Bekamenga netted his 4th of the season for Laval who claimed the second win of the campaign.