NEW YORK, March 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The application period for the award-winning Scholastic News Kids Press Corps is now open for the 2019–2020 school year. Students ages 10–14 with a passion for telling great stories and discussing the issues that matter most to kids are encouraged to apply. During their time in the program, Scholastic News Kid Reporters from across the country and around the world gain valuable writing and critical-thinking skills in addition to hands-on journalism experience through their work covering local and national current events. All Kid Reporter applications must be received by May 31, 2019.
For more information about the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps application process, visit: www.scholastic.com/kidspress.
Through local and national assignments, Kid Reporters in the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps have the opportunity to interview newsmakers, including politicians, authors, actors, musicians, and professional athletes. In past years, Kid Reporters have sat down with several notable figures, including Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Sonia Sotomayor, Olympic medal–winning sabre fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, Late Late Show host James Corden, CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper, and film director Ava DuVernay.
During the 2018–2019 program year, 45 Kid Reporters compiled comprehensive coverage of national and global events, including the 2018 midterm elections and the Commonwealth Games in Australia. They also uncovered powerful stories within their communities: a first-hand experience from the Woolsey Fire in California; a Florida baseball tournament that empowers athletes with physical or mental challenges; how librarians are making a difference in New Jersey; and more. Kid Reporter stories are published online at the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps website as well as in issues of Scholastic Classroom Magazines, which reach more than 25 million students in classrooms nationwide.
Suzanne McCabe, editor of the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps: "Our Kid Reporters are eager to raise awareness about important topics in their communities, from the environment and cultural traditions, to politics and education. I feel incredibly proud that in covering the news for kids, the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps is giving a voice to young people everywhere. I'm excited about the reporting this next team of young journalists will do, giving our readers a kid's-eye view of the news in 2020."
Amelia Poor, 12-year-old Scholastic News Kid Reporter: "I've always wanted to be a writer and a reporter, and through [the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps], I've been able to see up-close what it's like to be a professional journalist."