Reporting Tips and Ideas for “Kids Today” from the “Young Reporters”


 

1. The “young reporters” for the Leland Street Sunday News asked the same three questions over and over:  Do you have any new pets?  Any new appliances? Have you gone on a vacation recently?   What would you like to know about a friend or neighbor?  What questions would you ask them?  Practice your questions with someone in your family, and see what their answers are.

2. The “young reporters” of the 1930s and 1970s included lots of “news” about their friends and neighbors, but also about games and activities that interested them.  If you wanted to publish the news of your street or neighborhood, what special sections or features would you include?

3. The "young reporters" who published newspapers in the 1930s and 1970s reported, edited, printed and delivered their papers each week. What parts of that process seem like fun to you? What job would you like the most?  How would news production be different today?

4. Some of the neighborhood events reported by the Leland Street Sunday News became annual traditions, like the back-to-school Banana Split Party.  Does your neighborhood have events that you and all your neighbors attend?  If they happen every year, how did they get started?  Who would you interview to find out more?  Do you, or someone you know, have photographs of these events?

5. In 1930s and 1970s, just as it is today, Chevy Chase was home to families from all over the world, so news articles and features reflected the diversity of traditions and experiences of neighborhood residents.  Are any of your neighbors from other countries?  What would you like to know about their experiences, in their home country as well as in Chevy Chase?  What would you like to write about your own family traditions?


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