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CALL FOR WRITERS

Are you a good writer? Do you have a great sense of humor? Great fashion sense? How about a sense of outrage?

Then listen up! NeXt needs talented writers between the ages of 14 and 17. Here is your chance to critique a hot new CD, movie, concert or video game. Or profile a high school athlete. Or write about radio and TV.

We're looking for feature writers, computer experts, critics, columnists and cartoonists. Not only will your work appear in NeXt, but you'll get paid for it!

Here's how to apply: Write us a letter telling us why we should choose you (typewritten, please). Tell us a little about yourself. And give us your FIVE best ideas for specific stories, columns or reviews that you would like to see in NeXt. (While you're at it, we'd also like to know what you like best -- or least -- about NeXt.)

In addition, we'd like to see a TYPED sample of the kind of writing you'd like to do for NeXt. (No poetry, please!)

WHAT TO DO:

If you're interested in reviewing a CD or movie for NeXt, send a sample review (or two).

If you're glued to the tube, review a new TV show and send it in.

If you're an artist, send some cartoons.

If you'd like to do feature writing, think of a feature idea or sports profile and send that in.

Or think of a burning issue for an opinion piece and send that.

And don't forget to tell us:

Your name

Your age (If you are almost 14, sorry, you'll have to apply next year.)

Your school and grade

Your address and phone number

We'll contact by mail by the end of October the teens we choose to be our official NeXt correspondents for 2000-2001. (We won't give out that information over the phone by the way.)

Here's where to send your letter and writing samples:

NeXt

The Buffalo News

P.O. Box 100

Buffalo, N.Y 14240

Attention: Jean Westmoore

All materials must be in by Oct. 13. (Sorry, writing samples cannot be returned.)

Questions? Call Jean Westmoore, NeXt editor, at 849-4076.

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