Use the News
Creating a Class Newspaper
Generating Story Ideas How to brainstorm story ideas and assign stories to student reporters
When creating a class newspaper, it’s important to keep your readers’ interests in mind. As you brainstorm and assign stories, you should always ask yourself these two simple questions:
- What do students at my school want to read about?
- What stories would grab and hold their attention?
Follow these easy steps and you’ll be fast on your way to creating a first-rate paper!
Step 1: Make a list of 10 hot topics at your school. When putting together your list, make sure to pick issues your fellow students care about the most. Examples:
- Cafeteria food quality
- Gym class requirement
- The honor code
- The dress code
- Class elections
- The school play
- The spelling bee
- After school programs
- Profiles on star teachers
- Profiles on star students
- Interview with principal
Step 2: Make a list of at least five hot topics in the news today. When putting together your list, you may want to look at the Scholastic Kids Press Corps homepage for ideas. http://www.scholastic.com/kidspress
- Latest kid-friendly books or movies
- International news
- Weather news
- National news
- Heroes in the news
Step 3: Talk to your student reporters. Find out what their interests and strengths are. On a blackboard, make a roster of your student reporters’ names and their specialties.
Step 4: Now it's time to assign stories. Keep your reporters' interests and strengths in mind when choosing which ones to assign. Next to each name on your roster, assign a story from your lists of topics.
|Joe||Sports: Soccer tournament|
|Jane||School Lunch: A day in the life of a cafeteria worker|
|Jason||Weather: Hurricane Season|
|Jennifer||Politics: Interview School Bd. Pres|
Step 5: Give your reporters a firm deadline and stick to it.
Example: All stories are due on my desk on October 1st by 2 p.m.