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Applications for 2010-2011 Kid Reporter program under way.
When I read the e-mail from Editor Suzanne Freeman asking the members of the Scholastic Kids Press Corps to write about our experiences as kid reporters, I knew exactly what I wanted to write about. This week, I was interviewed by a local newspaper reporter about that very subject and I’d been thinking about it all day.
When I stop to reflect on all the amazing experiences and opportunities I’ve had as a Kid Reporter, it stuck me that the most valuable lesson was this: I learned how to push my doubts aside and push myself ahead.
By doing that, I think the thing I’ve learned the most about is myself. Each new assignment had new challenges, and I’ve grown in different ways from them all.
Sometimes I was a little scared or nervous before a big assignment. Would I do a good job? Would be able to think on my feet? Would I get enough information to write a good story?
I’ve learned how to be prepared and organized, to communicate well, to meet a deadline, to be responsible, and to be patient. (Once I waited three hours to interview someone and it turned out to be well worth the wait.)
What I’ve learned most is confidence. If you never take a chance, try something new, or accept challenges, you will never know what you can accomplish. You’ll never know if you can fly unless you jump! You can apply today to be a Kid Reporter. All the instructions on how to enter the competition are right here!
PHOTO: Kid Reporter Danielle Azzolina shoots footage at the red carpet premiere of The Last Airbender in New York City. (Photo Courtesy Danielle Azzolina)