James DeVellis on How Kids Can Practice Journalism

James DeVellis on How Kids Can Practice Journalism

If you have children who one day dream of being a journalist now is a great time to get them practicing their craft, even if studying for journalism may be a long way away. In fact my good friend James DeVellis has voluntarily agreed to give some tips on things that your kids could be doing in order to brush up their journalism skills. James has been working in print media for many years now, making scoops, uncovering misconduct and providing local news for the residents in these parts. To get your kid started on the road to being a journalist, here are some tips on getting them started.

Writing Fake News Reports

A great way in which your kids can get started on their path to becoming a journalist is writing news reports on things which are happening in school or at home. For example let’s say that there is a fox appearing on an evening and eating scarps of food from the garbage, your child can write a report on this as if it were a threat to the community Doing this will help them to learn how to report on real life events, as well as being able to let their creative juices run wild.


Kids may be taught vocabulary at school but if they want to become one of the best journalists they need to ensure that they have an extensive vocabulary which they can draw upon. Think of it like this, if you only have a limited amount of words in your lexicon, there are only so many ways in which you can tell a story. With a richer vocabulary your child will be perfectly placed to tell a great story, and keep the readers captivated throughout.


A great way that you can help your child as a parent is to invent some kind of allegation or story, that your child will then have to write about. If you really want to take this to the next level then get all of the family involved, and ask your child to interview everyone and try to get the truth. This will be a great way for your child to understand how to get to the bottom of a story, a skill which will greatly help them as they grow up.


If your child is over the age of 11 or 12, you could write to your local newspaper and see if they wouldn’t mind giving your child a tour around the offices and the printers, to see how newspapers work. This will be a great way to give your child an insight into this world, as well as helping them to understand the process which takes place in order to get a newspaper on the shelf. Many local news outlets will be more than happy to allow you to take your child there for the day, and your would-be journalist child will have the time of their life.

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