Hi everyone. It’s Tyler. We’re very lucky to have a team of brilliant people at Scholastic, many of whom have infectious exuberance for their fields. Suzanne Freeman, executive editor of Scholastic News Online, is one of these people…here’s what’s on her mind:
Election Day is almost here! As executive editor in charge of the Scholastic Kids Press Corps, I have to say, this has been more than an exciting year. It has been exhilarating! I’ve worked with Kid Reporters on the ground in New Hampshire, Iowa, Florida, California, Michigan, South Carolina, Colorado, Minnesota, and more. These kids are true professionals, ready with their questions, quick with their writing, and inexhaustible on the campaign trail.
A group of eight of the more than 80 kids who have been covering Election 2008 are coming to New York to recap their experiences in a live web cast on Election Eve November 3, from noon to 1 p.m.
Send in any questions you might have for these young journalists!
You can also get a feel for what they have done over the year by checking out the Kid Reporter blog. Don’t forget to click on the archived dates on the left hand side. The reports start as far back as November 2007, which is when we started the blog, not the coverage.
The very first election story was in February 2007 when Alonzo Webb and I were in Washington, D.C. covering a presidential forum held by the Building and Construction Trades Union. Alonzo met most of the Democratic candidates at that forum – from Barack Obama to Hillary Clinton to Joe Biden.
You’ll find stories about Jacob Schroeder’s interview with John McCain’s 16-year-old adopted daughter Bridget (he’s the only reporter who has been granted a one-on-one with her), and you’ll learn about the truth behind the supposed “snub” of Kid Reporter Sydney Rickhoff by Chelsea Clinton.
Here’s a little taste of what the kids had to say about their time on the trail.
This is a historic election and I have been privileged to cover it. This country will either elect its first African American President or first female Vice President. Right now our country is having some of the worst problems it has ever faced with its economy. The next president will have a tough job on his hands.
—Abigayle Lista, 12, Mississippi
One of the hardest parts about covering an event is the waiting and waiting. Most events start later than they are scheduled to. After a few events, I started taking my homework so I could work on it while we were waiting for things to get started. It is a lot of fun because other reporters from newspapers, magazines, and television will ask you questions, especially after a few events when they start to recognize you.
—Brittney Sheena, 13, Houston
The night before the event, I needed to prepare a list of questions to ask McCain. Just the thought of me getting to ask him a question made me want to jump up and down non-stop! My questions try to be fresh from the rest of the media and interesting to kids or relevant to local communities. I researched news on McCain to come up with a list of questions. My editor shortened my list to the final three questions to ask McCain in the event.
—Allison Tam, 11, Northern California
Reporting from the campaign trail has been exciting—like reading a great novel. Even though I love it, I can’t wait until the conclusion, because I’m dying to know how it will end!
—Mariam El Hasan, 11, Southern California
We are too, Mariam!