The key to journalism is asking questions. Students care about what's going on in their school. Developing a classroom newspaper begins by asking students what they already know and what they'd like to learn more about.
Generating Story Ideas
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.
- 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.
- 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.
All stories are due on my desk on October 1st by 2 p.m.