Every Thursday morning Cameron Kittell and her 23 colleagues fire up their computers and start working on their stories. "I write about things I enjoy, like music and ice cream," says Cameron. "I get to meet a lot of people in the community when I'm reporting."
Cameron, one of the Riverside Reporters, is only in the fifth-grade. She and the school paper's other reporters meet at 8 a.m., before school starts, to work on their stories. They publish three papers during the school year, covering topics from school lunches to what its like to be an orthopedic surgeon. Reporters pitch story ideas to fifth-grade teacher Meredith Daniels, their editor in chief. Once the ideas are approved, they sketch them out, book interviews and report in the field. "It's fun to know that people are reading your stories," says William Goodman.
Noni Lopez recently did a story about Riverside pupils favorite candies. Lopez and his partner, Trevor Judice, spoke with employees at Ada's Candy Shop about their best sellers. And the winner was Sour Belts.
Holly Hanson and Michelle Xiong say they enjoy meeting with and learning about people in the community and coming up with story ideas.
Parents Valerie Erde and Courtnay Kittell help with the layout and publication of the paper. Erde says its important that the students choose the stories they will cover. Kittell says they are also developing investigative and writing skills.
Cameron Kittell says she isn't sure she wants to be a reporter when she grows up. Meanwhile, shes having fun reporting for the Riverside School.
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