Tips for Applying to be a Kid Reporter
Make your application personal and use lots of details, says this veteran Kid Reporter.
Being a Scholastic Kid Reporter is probably the biggest honor I have had yet in my life. The job as a reporter has taught me how to be a better writer, handle my time wisely, and appreciate my surroundings.
Ever since I sent in my application to the Scholastic Kids Press Corps three years ago, I started to realize how lucky I am to be a part of my community in Portland, Oregon.
One part of the application is to write a story about what makes your community special. My application focused on the biking community in Portland. One reason I wrote about that topic was because Portland is the nation’s cleanest city, meaning with clean air there are more activities you can enjoy outside.
But the biggest reason is because bike riding and being outdoors is important to me. The rush of the wind blowing through my hair carries away my worries or troubles. So many people bike to work or school every day, the town recently added designated lanes and “stop boxes” for bicycle riders.
If something in your community makes you feel the way I do about my hometown, then that would be a great topic to write about. Try to relate your topic to your own life. And remember to add why you think it makes your community special.
Details, details, details! My editor told me she picked my application because I made it personal and added lots of details.
As a Scholastic Kid Reporter, you’ll get so many cool assignments, that it will be hard to choose your favorite! However, I know what my favorite one has been so far. That would have to be flying to Vancouver, Canada, to visit the movie set of Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. I also visited the set of the movie Ramona and Beezus. I met all the lead actors and got to conduct interviews. I also got to see what goes into making a movie. I really enjoyed it.
You could be a Kid Reporter and get lots of cool assignments, too. Just apply before October 5. You can get the details here!