Teenage Brothers Hope Their Newspaper Can ‘Educate, Motivate, Inspire’

A visit to The New Yorker is already in the books for Brooklyn siblings Rusty and River Fields.

Reading about The Bainbridge Times, a monthly newspaper launched in May by a pair of charismatic Brooklyn siblings, it’s clear these media barons have their heads screwed on right.

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While the enterprise overseen by editor in chief Rusty Fields, 17, and managing editor River Fields, 14, is most definitely grassroots, they found room on the masthead for a fact checker, Darren Fraser. A safety net many of today’s other outlets have dispensed with.

The duo recently told PIX 11 that after launching in print, they’ve realized it makes more sense to be digital-only. And, as they have shared with several other interviewers, they both plan to become neurosurgeons.

Perhaps visits to places like The New Yorker will help change their minds. The May 23 excursion was arranged by the magazine’s managing editor Emily Greenhouse, who lives a few blocks away from the Fields in Bed-Stuy and was impressed by the content of their debut issue. During the visit, Rusty and River also got to meet editor David Remnick.

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“They were wonderfully precocious, so much more self-possessed than I was at that age,” Greenhouse tells FishbowlNY. “They left with a stack of books and issues to spare.”

The contents of the May issue are online and include a simple but powerful idea to showcase “Featured Residents.” There is also a nice profile of the editors’ grandmother. Read Issue 1 here.

Photo courtesy: The New Yorker