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Scholastic Kids Press Corps
The Scholastic Kids Press Corps is a team of about 50 Kid Reporters around the nation.  The interactive site brings daily news to life with reporting for kids, by kids.

Teaching with the Scholastic Kids Press Corps

It's all about idea generation, research, reporting, interviewing, and writing

You can use the news generated by the Scholastic Kids Press Corps to teach important skills to your students:

  • idea generation
  • research
  • reporting
  • interviewing
  • and writing

In just four simple steps, you can have your students turning out news and feature stories that can be used in a classroom or school publication, in print or online.

Here are some quick and easy steps to follow to start your own classroom news service.

Step One: Generating Story Ideas How to brainstorm story ideas and assign stories to student reporters.

Step Two: Research Tips How to do background research on your topic and choose the people you wish to interview.

Step Three: How to Conduct an Interview How preparation and persistence guarantee a good interview.

Step Four: Writing the Article How to turn the research and interview into a vibrant, interesting story.

More Tips on Writing

How to put life, color, and action in your lead.

Quick Writing Tips for News Stories
The DOs and DON'Ts of basic journalism writing.

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