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Editor's Note: Newsworthy

During major news events is when I focus most on how reporters tell me what I need to know. Like anyone interested in current events, I want to understand what has occured, what the implications may be and what questions remain unanswered. But as a writer, I also want to study how journalists outline their stories. I do this to learn from them.

I’ve worked for great writers and editors over the years; I wouldn’t be where I am without their guidance. Among the many lessons learned is the humbling idea that any story I write can always be improved.

Dateline NBC correspondent Chris Hansen, who graces our cover this month, would probably agree. He tells us he never considered another career but journalism and credits the examples set by his heroes Chet Huntley, David Brinkley and Irving R. Levine, along with many others he has worked with in his own career. But above all, the Stamford newsman calls himself a storyteller who admittedly thrives on breaking stories but is most driven to present informative investigative pieces that he deems important to share.

In that spirit, I’d like to point out that next month is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. The volunteers who make up Teen PeaceWorks, a network of student-led groups at area high schools—including Westhill High and Stamford Academy—are working hard to call attention to interpersonal violence among their peers.

These young women trained early in the school year with educators from PeaceWorks, a prevention education project of the Domestic Violence Crisis Center. Over the course of three evenings, the teens discussed setting up action plans for the school year and coordinating projects for next month. What they learned is that the personal is always political—about 1.4 million women are abused in the United States every year— but cellular techonology has made cyberbullying more prevalent and driven abuse dangerously underground.

In a sign that word is getting out, however, PeaceWorks was recently awarded a grant by the Stop Violence Against Women Fund—managed by the state’s Office of Policy and Management—to form a community response committee to study teen dating violence and cyberbullying in Stamford. This effort should help all of us better understand teen dating violence and offer solutions we can help implement to deal with this issue.

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