12-year boy reports, edits, publishes, distributes Jagriti

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When the whole world is competing each other at every field of life, 12-year-old Utkarsh Tripathi single-handedly brings out a weekly news journal Jagriti to “serve the country” at Lucknow. He painstakingly brings out a handwritten news journal to spread awareness among his peers on issues like the environment and female feticide. Utkarsh, an eighth standard student of the Brij Bihari Sahai (BBS) Inter College in Allahabad, has been bringing out the newspaper Jagriti for the last one year. And for the four-page, black-and-white newspaper, he not only dons the role of a reporter, editor and publisher, but also turns hawker for circulating the weekly and unlike other papers, readers of Jagriti don't have to spend a single penny, as Utkarsh distributes it free of cost. “Yes, I manage it all alone. Right from gathering the content, its editing, publishing and ultimately distributing the copies to readers,” said Utkarsh, a resident of Khatju colony in Allahabad. “I know, you would like to know how I publish the newspaper. First I prepare a handwritten copy of Jagriti and later take out copies at a photocopy shop in my locality… it's simple,” he explained adding children comprise the major chunk of Jagriti readers, including my school friends, my seniors in school, teachers and also my neighbors. Jagriti has about 150 readers belonging to varied age groups in Allahabad.

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