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Are you a high school student with a knack for writing, photography or cartooning? Do you have what it takes to be a reporter? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then joining the NeXt crew would be a great opportunity for you.

To apply: Write a letter explaining your interest in journalism and why you would like to write for NeXt. Tell us what you like or don't like about NeXt and what NeXt can do to attract more readers. List five ideas for specific stories you would like to write for NeXt. (Correspondents are paid for work that appears in NeXt.)

Send a typed sample of the kind of writing you'd like to do for NeXt.

Eighth-graders who will be in high school in September are welcome to apply.

Application deadline is June 30. Correspondents will be notified by Aug. 2 if they have been selected. Any questions, call 849-4076 or e-mail next@buffnews.com.

Mail your letter and writing samples along with name, address, phone number, e-mail address, grade this fall and high school you will attend to: Sharon Gleason, NeXt, The Buffalo News, One News Plaza, Buffalo, N.Y., 14240.