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READERGIRLZ LAUNCHES RGZ TV ON YOUTUBE TO BRING AUTHOR INTERVIEWS TO TEEN READERS
rgz tv enlivens literacy by creating a visual connection between authors and readers
August 20, 2008 (Seattle, Wash.)-Teen readers worldwide can watch author interviews at rgz tv on a new YouTube channel -- http://www.youtube.com/readergirlz.
"Launching rgz tv is the natural next step for readergirlz since we know readers want face-to-face contact with authors, and not all readers have the ability to attend author readings,” says co-founder Justina Chen Headley. “Now they can connect, right in front of their computer."
rgz tv is broadcasting interviews with Rachel Cohn, Jay Asher, Sonya Sones and Paula Yoo. The uploaded videos have been shot and edited by the readergirlz founders and members of the postergirlz.
"I loved covering the Stephenie Meyer Breaking Dawn Concert for rgz tv,” says co-founder Lorie Ann Grover. “Now everyone can access the amazing moment!"
readergirlz invites avid readers, librarians, and booksellers to be rgz correspondents. When a favorite young-adult author visits a local library, school or bookstore, you can shoot a 2- to 3-minute video like the ones on the readergirlz channel. Upload it to YouTube and send an e-mail to email@example.com. The rgz correspondent will receive a FREE, limited-edition readergirlz button.
readergirlz is the foremost online book community for teen girls, led by four critically acclaimed YA authors - Dia Calhoun (Avielle of Rhia), Lorie Ann Grover (On Pointe), Justina Chen Headley (Girl Overboard), and Mitali Perkins (First Daughter: White House Rules). The postergirlz are the teen-lit advisory council of bloggers for readergirlz, led by Little Willow. They include Miss Erin, Jackie Parker, HipWriterMama, and teen reader Alexia.
To promote teen literacy and leadership in girls, readergirlz features a different YA novel and corresponding community service project every month. For more information about readergirlz, please visit http://www.readergirlz.com and www.myspace.com/readergirlz, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Yes, this means you'll see me, on video, making a fool of myself. *sigh* I taped one with Lisa Ann Sandell when she was here last month, but I'm having issues sending the 200+ MB file to the RGZ for editing. I don't really want to just load it up onto YouTube unedited. I can't even watch it, I'm so embarrassed. Lisa is great in it, though. Oh, and I did it back when they were calling it RGZ On The Town, which I then totally said in the vid. I'm lame.
Bumbershoot is Labor Day weekend, and Ellen Hopkins, Francesca Lia Block, Ned Vizzini, and Deb Caletti will be there...Perhaps one of us will get some of them on video. Maybe I can ask questions off screen?
Rock on! Have a good weekend!
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