What are you waiting for? Apply now!
Being a Kid Reporter for Scholastic has been one of the best things I’ve ever done. It is a great experience for kids just like me who are interested in journalism. I got to conduct interviews, write real news articles that were published online, and even go to a speech by the President!
I have learned a lot of skills from being a Kid Reporter. At first, I was nervous to ask people questions and do interviews, but I became more and more comfortable each time.
One of the biggest learning experiences for me was when President Barack Obama came to Columbus, Ohio, last June. There I was, a Scholastic Kid Reporter standing in the press area full of grownups with college degrees, waiting for President Obama to make his speech. It was a thrilling and fun experience!I learned how to be a go-getter and approach people to ask questions. I would have never been able to see the President speak without being a Kid Reporter!
I also learned throughout the year that deadlines are important. Sometimes, you get a breaking news case and have to spend a whole weekend researching and writing an article. For example, I was at winter camp when I had to do a breaking news story about the earthquake in Haiti. I had to spend my free time working on the story. It actually was a lot of fun and I learned how to quickly put together an article.
If you are interested in being a Kid Reporter, I encourage you to apply. You may get to interview a celebrity, important politician, or cover the president coming to your hometown just like I did!
So here are some tips for applying to Scholastic Kids Press Corp:
1. Be sure to use plenty of detail when writing your articles. However, be careful of too much detail, because unnecessary details make an article confusing.
2. When interviewing someone, be sure to be prepared. Know the questions you are asking and try to record it so you can get accurate quotes.
3. Be sure to have enough research and quotes. Try to let the quotes tell the story!
So what are you waiting for? Apply to be a Kid Reporter now! Being a Kid Reporter is a lot of fun and is a great experience!
PHOTO: Being a Kid Reporter sometimes means hanging out with these guys at big events like when President Obama spoke in Columbus, Ohio. You can learn a lot from other members of the press! (Photo Courtesy Christian Snyder)