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Poynter Institute: ‘Notebooks are magic and other lessons from working with kid journalists’

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On Monday, the Poynter Institute wrote about the founding of the Pelham Examiner by 22 students after the News of Pelham shut down. Writer Kristen Hare at Poynter and her editor wanted to do a follow up to that story for her weekly newsletter on Wednesday. They decided to write about where it all began: the Colonial Times.

Poynter describes itself as “the world’s leading instructor, innovator, convener and resource for anyone who aspires to engage and inform citizens in 21st century democracies.”

Notebooks are magic and other lessons from working with kid journalists

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On Monday, Rich Zahradnik stopped by the elementary school for a quick word with his editors. He found the fifth graders on the playground. Soon, he was surrounded by 10 fourth graders who really wanted to write for the Colonial Times, too.

“I’ve told people I couldn’t go back and work with adults,” said Zahradnik, a former journalist who worked at places including CNN and Bloomberg...(click to read the rest of the Poynter story).

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Poynter Institute: ‘Notebooks are magic and other lessons from working with kid journalists’