Dearest Junior Reporter

October 20, 2017

Ever wonder what it would be like to be a reporter? How about what it would be like to interview your favorite athlete or attend an event that you never thought you’d get a chance to attend? Well, Xyza Junior Reporters get special opportunities to do things like write for a newspaper, report on an event, interview interesting people, and much more!

Just ask Xyza Junior Reporters Galen M. and Isabella W. about how they got to attend an event where Academy Award winning director Francis Ford Coppola talked about what inspired him to work in film. Their report on the event was published on the Xyza website!

Or Gabe F. about how he got to see former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton talk about what happened during the 2016 US Presidential election and what she’s doing now.

Or other Junior Reporters who had the opportunity to ask a space scientist questions  about the total solar eclipse.

These are just a few examples of what Xyza Junior Reporters get to do. So stop wondering what it’s like to be a reporter and just become a Junior Reporter for Xyza: News for Kids. It’s fun, and you’ll be part of a bigger group, working on one of the most important projects in the world (at least we think so!)—sharing and reporting information about the world with other kids! Who says only adults get to know what’s happening about the world, right?

In the next few months, we’ll be looking for you to do some pretty cool reporting. So take out your favorite pencil and notebook, and get ready to report on these topics:

1) Technology
Technology is always changing. Whatever device you use to turn in your homework is probably not the same tool that your parents (and grandparents before that) used to do the same exact thing. Ever thought what it would look like if you created a family tree and asked all of your family members what types of technologies they used as kids and what they use now? How about what you used two years ago, what you use now, and what you think you’ll be using in the future? Build us a family tech tree!

2) Cars
Are we the only ones obsessed with and super excited about the future of cars? We’re not just talking about electric cars, but also those powered by fuel cell technology and other forms of alternative energy that seem to be popping up. Oh, and let’s not forget about flying cars—yep, companies are making those too! If you’re just as obsessed with cars as we are (or maybe even more!), send us a report on the future of cars! Perhaps even check out a local car show and chat with some of the people showcasing their cars. And psst … we’re working on getting some tickets to the 60th Annual San Francisco Auto Show for our Junior Reporters—you don’t want to miss this opportunity to check out some of the latest and greatest cars from around the world!

3) Sports
It’s an interesting time in sports. Last year, Colin Kaepernick started a movement by sitting and then kneeling during the national anthem. Why? Because he was protesting police brutality and racism. Professional female athletes have been continuing to fight for equal pay (or the same pay as their male counterparts in the same sport). How do sports work at your school? Why are leagues broken up by girls and boys? Can you use sports as a way of making people take notice of something else that’s really important? Chat with your PE teacher, coach, classmates, and teammates about these things that are going on in sports. What do they think? We’re also working on an opportunity for Junior Reporters to ask record-breaking soccer players questions too! Stay tuned!

Do these topics sound interesting? Want to start reporting?

Here’s what you do:
Step 1: Have your parents sign you up to be a Junior Reporter here.
Step 2: Look out for these and other assignments in your email.
Step 3: If you’re interested in an assignment, let the editor know by responding to the email.
Step 4: When you’ve completed your report, email it to editor@xyzanews.com.

Tips for Good Reporting:
1) Be prepared.
Whether you’re heading to an event or interviewing a person, you should always be prepared. What do we mean by that?

• Bring the tools that you’ll need to take notes, record a conversation, or take pictures.
• Do a little research beforehand on the place, person, thing, etc. that you’re reporting on.
• Prepare questions. Whether or not you get a chance to ask questions, it’s always good to be prepared with some.

2) Go that extra mile.
When you’re reporting on something or someone, it’s always good to take notes. What’s a neat trick with good reporting? Take as many notes as you can, even if you don’t think it’s important at the moment—you can always cross out those notes later, but if it’s not written down somewhere, you might just regret it when you’re trying to remember something later on.

3) Facts are good! Quotes are good! Pictures are worth a thousand words … really!

4) Organize your thoughts before you begin putting together a report.
Take a few minutes to think about what you’re trying to tell someone. Pull together an outline—it will really help you visualize what your story will look like. How about a title? That’s the first thing someone will notice, so make it a good one!

5) Before you submit your report, ask yourself these questions (we do!):

• Did I check my facts?
• Did I check my spelling and grammar?
• Would other kids want to read my report?
• Do I have pictures?
• Do I have interesting captions for my pictures?

Junior Reporter FAQs:
Who gets to be a Junior Reporter?
-Kids! That’s right, the Junior Reporter program is meant to be an opportunity for kids. Anyone eighteen years and younger can become a Junior Reporter—you just have to have your parents sign you up here!

How much time does it take to be a Junior Reporter?
-It’s up to you. Some reporters want to submit something every week, while others submit one every few months. The Junior Reporter program is meant to be interesting and fun as well as an opportunity to learn about reporting.

Are there deadlines for submitting a report?
-Our editor likes to give Junior Reporters as much time as they need to complete a report, so Junior Reporters tell us how much time they need, not the other way around!

Can my friends and classmates become Junior Reporters too?

Can I submit a news story with a friend?
-Yes! Team reporting is a great way to tell a story!

If I submit something, will it get published?
-Quite possibly, but just like any other newspaper, there’s a process for choosing which reports will be published. Is the story well-told? Will other kids want to read it? Are there pictures, captions, quotes, interesting facts, fun facts, and other elements that make it shine? We love all of the reports that are submitted, but there’s no guarantee that your report will be featured.