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.”
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Senior driver Blake Edwards and the No. 2 men’s water polo team still have their sights set on a national championship after a loss to Cal last weekend. Photo by Tucker Judkins | Daily TrojanAfter dropping one spot in the rankings after a loss at Cal, the No. 2 men’s water polo team looks to rebound in its regular season finale against No. 4 UCLA on Saturday. Last weekend, the team went 1-1, falling to the now top-ranked Bears and defeating No. 5 Pacific. With a national championship on their mind, the Trojans (22-2) look to avenge an early-season loss to the Bruins (17-3) when they travel to Westwood.When the Trojans last faced UCLA in the championship game of the Mountain Pacific Invitational on Sept. 24, they lost 13-11, going back and forth with UCLA for most of the third quarter. “I think there were just all these little things that we messed up on and that we have gotten better at recently,” senior utility James Walters said. “Throughout the season, we’ve become a totally different team, so I’m excited to see where that will take us this weekend.”At practices, the team has been focusing on refining its game after the disappointing loss to Cal (18-1).“We’re going to focus a lot of our attention on finishing out high-percentage opportunities,” senior driver Blake Edwards said. “They’re critical to the overall outcome of the game.”The Trojans last defeated the Bruins in Westwood in 2014. Though UCLA boasts a roster that includes seven seniors and eight All-Americans, Edwards said USC is ready to handle the Bruins and their home crowd.“It’s a big opportunity,” Edwards said. “We love any game against UCLA. This team’s been together for three years now, so we’re well used to these pressured situations.”As the match against UCLA marks the end of the regular season, the Trojans have the upcoming MPSF Tournament and the NCAA Championships in mind. “We just want to win a national championship — that’s the one goal for everyone this season,” Walters said. “That’s the entire team. That’s all we’re thinking about. So winning the game this weekend is huge for us: We need a big win going into the MPSF Tournament.”
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.