Attention to Details
Be on your toes and one little mishap won't run your first big assignment!
I'm a first-year kid reporter for Scholastic Kids News Online. Some of my assignments over the past year have included interviewing author Jude Watson and attending the movie premiere of Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. Anyone who likes meeting new people, experiencing exciting opportunities, going to different places, and learning to live like an actual reporter, would love this job!
The key to becoming a good reporter is paying close attention to every detail when you are on an assignment. This helped me when I was a rookie reporter. On my first assignment I went to New York City to cover The 39 Clues Advanced Agent Training webcast for the 6th book, In Too Deep.
For most of the event, everything was smooth sailing. I met my editor, had fun decoding messages and puzzles with the audience, and was enjoying the event. I was excited to interview author Jude Watson and some members of the audience.
I used a voice recorder for all my interviews, but decided to take notes, too. I also listened carefully to everything. When I was exiting the building, I checked my voice recorder to make sure that the interviews were recorded and was shocked to realize that nothing had actually taped! My recorder had malfunctioned!
The only reason I was able to finish the assignment was because I paid attention. I understood all the information and answers, took notes, and concentrated while interviewing.
I was also never afraid to ask a question about anything I was uncertain about, or when I needed clarifications. All of this information helped me write a good news story later.
This is why paying attention to details is crucial. If you do that, I guarantee you will be an excellent reporter.
One last piece of advice for those of you who want to be a Kid Reporter: Apply Now! Deadline to send in entries is October 12. As you are working on your entry, remember: this is a very special opportunity, so have fun, be yourself, and cherish the moment.
PHOTO: Kid Reporter Gowtham Balaji at the premiere of Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief with movie director Chris Columbus. (Photo Courtesy Gowtham Balaji