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October 5 is deadline to apply for the 2009-2010 Scholastic Kids Press Corps.
For instance, if you have the opportunity to interview a really famous entertainer or other celebrity, you can’t act like a crazed fan—even if you are! You have to focus on the job and remain calm. (Later, when it’s over, you can freak out!)
Once, I interviewed stars from the Disney Channel games. While interviewing the Jonas Brothers I was jumping up and down—on the inside. I still had to be a professional journalist, asking questions with a straight face. I had to get my story. Afterward, when no one was looking, I sneaked out of sight and SCREAMED!
The picture you see on this page is me being a profession while interviewing Super Bowl super stars last year. (I was better at it than my dad was!)
I’ve also learned that while reporting is exhilarating, it also involves hard work and dedication. Before you conduct your interview, cover an event, or write your story, you have to research the topic, write out your questions, and practice your interviewing skills!
When conducting an interview, you must be prepared and attentive. You have to make eye contact with the person you are interviewing and listen carefully to the answers.
And you have to be patient. There is often a lot waiting involved. I use my waiting time to go over my questions once again and become even more familiar with them. I sometimes even memorize them.
Deadlines are another part of the job you have to take seriously. No matter how tired you are after an event or interview, you sometimes have to write the story and submit it to the editor right away. (And you still have to do your homework!)
I hope I haven’t scared you. Reporting isn’t ALL hard work. I LOVE being a Kid Reporter.
One fun part is making friends with other reporters, both your fellow Kid Reporters, and the grown-up kind you meet along the way. They can make great friends AND help you with your assignments. I learn a lot of good tips from the adult reporters. After all, we share a profession.
Are YOU interested in being a Scholastic Kid Reporter? You can apply for the job right now! Deadline to send in your application is October 5.
To apply you have to write a short biography of yourself, and a 400-word story about what makes your community special. (Get the details by clicking here.)
My advice is to show your personality through your writing. Use descriptive words, details, and rich vocabulary.
Also, pick a specific topic and stick to it. No matter where you live, there is something unique about your community. Focus on that rather than writing out a list of tourist attractions.
In your biography, let the editors know who you are and why you REALLY love reporting.
Can’t wait to see you online!
Photo: Kid Reporter Shelby Fallin talks with Arizona Cardinals center Lyle Sendlein at the Super Bowl XLIII Media Day in Tampa, Florida. (Photo courtesy Shelby Fallin)