Kid Reporters are Organized
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As a Kid Reporter, I have learned that organization comes before everything else. Before you actually get started on the job, you have to do a lot of planning and research to make sure you know all about your interview subject.
I remember the time I interviewed Carly Rose Soneclar, the young actress who played Carrie Ingalls in Little House on the Prairie: The Musical. I researched Carly’s history in show business and her role in the new musical. I made sure I went on official websites to find my information, which is really important. If you wind up on the wrong sites, you can easily get wrong information.
I eventually filled up four whole pages with notes about Little House on the Prairie: The Musical and Soneclar. Because of my previous extensive research, when I was finally interviewing her, I understood her answers and was able to ask further questions based on her answers. A more indepth interview leads to a better, more interesting story.
I also learned about deadlines. When I’m working on a Scholastic assignment, I’m constantly reminded that the clock is ticking. Trying to get everything done before the deadline can seem like hard work, but it won’t be as difficult if you pace yourself.
Don’t wait until the last day and cram the night before—that never works. Do a little bit each day so your story won’t look rushed and messy.
If you enjoy writing and meeting new people, the Scholastic Kids Press Corps is the right place for you! Send in your application by October 12, and you can become a kid reporter too! Trust me; this is something you wouldn’t want to miss!
PHOTO: Kid Reporter Gopa Praturi covering a back-to-school event with President Barack Obama in 2009. (Photo by Suzanne Freeman)