SPEAK UP! To Be a Kid Reporter
Being a kid reporter is a fun and challenging opportunity. As a reporter, I've had the chance to interview interesting people like Arizona Senator and presidential candidate John McCain, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, and even a helicopter pilot. I have had lots of great experiences, but it has been hard work, too.
The most important thing I've learned is how to work like a real news reporter. Even though I am a kid, I was doing the exact same job as the adult reporters when I covered the presidential election. At campaign events, I stood right next to much taller reporters from newspapers and TV stations and made myself heard. Just like them, I was there to get the story.
I had to learn quickly how to ask candidates good questions at a moment’s notice. To do that, you have to be confident and prepared. Being prepared comes from doing the research and writing out your questions before the interview. You gain confidence by knowing your subject and then overcoming your fears. You have to put yourself out there and be heard. It’s a great feeling.
I learned to speak with a loud and clear voice when I interviewed. And I learned how to take good notes and write a lot! Just as important, I leaned to meet my editor’s deadlines, which often means writing a story immediately after covering an event.
If you like to write (and work under pressure!), then applying to be a kid reporter is an awesome idea.
To apply, you have to write about what’s special about where you live. When I wrote about the great state of New Mexico, I had just been to the state fair where I got my picture taken in front of chili peppers. I included the picture with my report. I think it's a good idea to be creative.
Check out the exact details on how to apply here. But hurry! Deadline is October 5!
PHOTO: Kid Reporter Jacob Schroeder questions Republican presidential candidate John McCain about what was looking for in a vice presidential candidate. (Photo: Heidi Schroeder)