“I’m very nitpicky,” I tell Titus Smith III in the latest Scholastic Reads podcast episode.
Titus is a Scholastic News Kid Reporter, and I am his editor. Editors are nitpicky. So, one hopes, are surgeons. No detail is too small, Kid Reporters learn early. What is the full name of the person you interviewed? What exactly did he or she say? Why does it matter?
One young reporter told his peers about Lunar New Year celebrations in Guangzhou, China. Another explained what it’s like to live on a floating hospital off the coast of Africa.
Along the way, these young journalists have honed their writing skills, become more confident, and, in some cases, gotten lessons in punctuation. They have begun to read more voraciously, listen to others more intently, and assess information more critically. They know the difference between fact and opinion.
Kid Reporters also recognize the power of their own words. They are telling the stories of their generation—whether it’s how kids their age are raising awareness about environmental issues or giving back to the community. They are learning that everyone can make a difference!
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