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Tuesday 6 April 2021

Review: Kid Reporter: The Secret to Breaking News

Ever wondered what it would be like to be a reporter? Are you interested in finding the hot scoop and sharing the news with your friends or school?

If you’ve ever thought about starting a magazine, newspaper, podcast or radio station, Kid Reporter: The Secret to Breaking News is the book that’s going to help you get it done.

Everything you need to know to be a kid reporter is in this book. Seriously, everything! It’s filled to the brim with advice, examples, exercises and the know-how to become an awesome reporter.

Learn about what a reporter does, how to go out on assignment, how to be a detective and sleuth for the truth, and how to publish your stories.

You’re provided with all the information you will need, from what tools and equipment to take with you, to what questions you should  ask when you’re interviewing someone.

Splashed throughout the book are exercises to help you practice, and also real-life examples of kids and classrooms that have become reporters and started their own newspapers or magazines.

There’s even brilliant sections in the book on fake news and how to spot it, the ethics of journalism and the difference between perspective and opinion.

Authors Saffron Howden and Dhana Quinn are both mums and journalists, so they not only know their stuff when it comes to reporting, but they also know how to speak ‘kid’. They have brilliantly translated complex stuff into easy-to-understand content for kids, that is both fun and interesting to read.

If you know a kid who is interested in writing, journalism or reporting, or you’re a classroom looking for a cool project, you really need to check out this book. It’s a fantastic read and really, truly, absolutely gives you everything you need to be the best kid reporter there ever was.

Title: Kid Reporter: The Secret to Breaking News
Author: Saffron Howden and Dhana Quinn
Publisher: NewSouth Publishing, $27.99
Publication Date: February 2021
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781742237145
For ages: 8+
Type: Junior Non-Fiction