Writing My Own Happy Ending
The Durham VOICE is a community newspaper in Durham, North Carolina. It is written by area college students and the teenagers featured in this film. The paper is written for a part of Durham known for its high crime rates and poverty. Writing My Own Happy Ending tells the story of the paper and its teenage writers during a trip the students took to Ocracoke Island in the Outer Banks. There, they visited an island newspaper and worked on stories in an environment that was a polar opposite from home. This cultural exchange between mostly African American kids from the city and white adults on a tiny island is more than a “fish out of water” story. Instead, it’s about how a group of teenagers uplifted their community through writing.