About Kid Reporters: Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Scholastic Kids Press Corps?
The Scholastic Kids Press Corps is a team of about 50 reporters, ages 10-14, who report on current events, breaking news, entertainment, and sports events from their hometowns across the country.
How do you become a member of the Scholastic Kids Press Corps?
New applications are accepted each August and September, with the deadline in early October. Applicants are asked to write a biography about themselves, including why they think they would make a good reporter. Applicants must also write a 400 word story about what makes their communities special. The story must include at least one interview and quotes. Check back to this site in August 2010.
How did the Kids Press Corps start?
The program started in 2000, when young reporters conducted extensive coverage of the Presidential Election, interviewing the candidates and reporting on key campaign events, the caucuses and primaries, debates, Democratic and Republican Conventions, Election Day, and the inauguration of the President.
Where can you read Kid Reporter stories?
Their articles are published on the Kids Press Corps homepage (www.scholastic.com/kidspress), Scholastic News Online (www.scholastic.com/news) and in Scholastic News® (classroom magazines for students in grades 1-6) and Junior Scholastic® (grades 6-8), and are read by millions of children in all 50 states.
How do you become a Kid Reporter?
You apply! Every year, Kid Reporters are chosen based on the quality of their writing samples and enthusiasm for reporting.
What’s it like to be a Kid Reporter?
It’s a lot of fun, but it is hard work too. Over the years, Scholastic Kid Reporters have interviewed many government officials, including President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden, Jill Biden, former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton and many more! Sometimes Kid Reporters interview celebrities, such as the Jonas Brothers, Taylor Smith, Kanye West, America Ferrera, Will Smith, Jordin Sparks, Dwayne Johnson and Tom Cruise. Other interesting interviewees have included sports stars, museum curators, race car drivers, zoo scientists, tank commanders, other news reporters and more.