This spring the students of the Reporting class (HCOM385) were on a mission: To identify how to cover the youth beat. And why this beat? Because young faces too often appear in news media depicted as celebrities, criminals, or victims. Sometimes as a statistic. The students in this class took a different path. They wondered what struggles, dreams, and journeys matter to youth. And they went to the streets to find unheard voices, stories and fresh perspectives from local youth. The result of their inquiry is the collection included in this special edition we call, The Otter Romp. Enjoy!