As the year draws to a close, the J-14 staff reflects back on the hottest news stories from the year:

Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens Split
"I had always hoped that Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens would have the same happy ending as their High School Musical counterparts, Troy and Gabriella, so I was shocked to hear about their breakup in mid-December. For the past five years, they've been one of Hollywood's most genuine (and cute!) couples, and I'm confident this isn't the end of Zanessa — I've got my fingers crossed for a rekindling of their love before spring break." –Editorial Assistant Ashley Spencer

The Bling Ring
"It's still unbelievable that a group of regular teens were able to break into so many stars' homes." –Editor-in-Chief Rachel Chang

Justin Bieber Caught Kissing Jasmine V
"I love watching a good news story unfold — these photos proved the rumors that Justin and Jasmine were more than just 'Baby' video costars. We could not stop buzzing about them in the J-14 office!"

Taylor Swift Gets Together with Jake Gyllenhaal
"I love that Taylor is dropping the juvenile fro yo dates for her older man, replacing them with the more adult coffee breaks." –Photo Assistant Katelyn Mullen

Rihanna Not Attending Katy Perry's Wedding
"I know India is far away and Rihanna had commitments because of her album, Loud, dropping, but still… they're supposed to be besties!" –Assistant Editor Emily Krauser

Demi Enters a Treatment Center for "Emotional and Physical" Issues
"How many of us could handle being on tour with our ex? I'm glad she's getting the help she needs. I can't wait for her big comeback!" –Associate Art Director Erik Jacobsen

Greyson Chance Gets a Record Deal
"After seeing Greyson Chance become an instant YouTube sensation with his amazing take on 'Paparazzi' by Lady Gaga, I was so happy for him when Ellen DeGeneres signed him to her label!" –Editorial Assistant Rachel Sheehan

What's your favorite news story of the year?

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