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Olivia Seltzer’s The Cramm

With so much going on around the world constantly, it’s really easy to lose track of important news we should be keeping up with. The Cramm is the perfect source to go to for us young adults who don’t necessarily want to read huge articles everyday or sit around and watch the news everyday.

 Olivia Seltzer founded The Cramm when she was only 13 years old. She is now 17, a senior in high school about to graduate. She wakes up at 5 am every morning to check sources and publish The Cramm at 6 am daily. Olivia created The Cramm after the 2016 presidential elections when she noticed that a lot of people, specifically teens, weren’t very informed about what was going on since they weren’t really keeping reading or watching the news. “This is because news is primarily written by and geared toward an older demographic, so it just wasn’t connecting.” She continued by saying, “Since you can’t change the world unless you know about it, I decided to create a news media organization by and for teens and young adults. My goal is to educate and activate Gen Z to create change.” 

You might still be wondering, what exactly is The Cramm? The Cramm is, in the words of the creator herself, “a news media organization for Gen Z.” Basically, The Cramm shares the important news of that day, whether it’s in a quick five minute read, watch, or listen via email, text, Instagram, Twitter, IGTV, podcast, and TikTok, in a language and a medium that speaks to young people. “It highlights the issues we care about, focusing on human rights-related stories that have the greatest capacity for changemaking,” adds Olivia. 

The Cramm currently has a total of 2.5 millions monthly readers in more than 113 countries and continues to grow everyday. As the blog grows, Olivia receives more recognition and accomplishes more and more. Olivia recently received the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes’, was invited to speak on a panel for Common Sense Media in New York and was invited to give a TEDx Talk in Boca Raton, Florida. The TedTalk was initially postponed due to the Covid-19 virus but according to Olivia, will be taking place in Florida this spring. When asked how she felt about accomplishing so much at such a young age, Olivia responded with, “It feels like such a huge honor to have my work receiving this kind of recognition. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to have my voice heard.” I was curious to know if when she started The Cramm, she expected this much recognition, to which she responded with, “My hope has always been to create the number one news source for young people, and I’m still working toward that goal every day, but even if no one ever read The Cramm, I’d still continue to write it since it combines the two things I love most: writing and philanthropy.” 

As The Craam continues to grow, Olivia works on expanding and improving this already great resource. “I’d love to expand on our current format and make The Cramm into a 24-hour live news site with journalists and correspondents all over the world reporting as events happen. I’d also love to really delve into audio and visual content and create more news video features” she says. The Cramm continues to help inform young people on important topics, and if you want to know more about what is going on in the world check out The Cramm!

[Image credits Olivia Seltzer]


  • Valeria Polanco

    Valeria Polanco is a senior at Santa Barbara High School and the News Editor for The Forge. She hopes to further her education within the community and wants to use the skills she learned through the Forge throughout her educational and professional life in the future. Outside of the class she likes to read and hangout with her friends and family.

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