Fourth graders have nose for news
Searsport — Students in the two fourth grade classes at Searsport Elementary School rolled out their first issue of their newsletter titled "News from Moose" earlier this week with a little help from a local reporter.
Thursday morning, March 6, the fourth grade team welcomed Republican Journal reporter Tanya Mitchell, at which time the students learned more about the skills and tools journalists need to do their jobs, and what that type of work entails.
Throughout the hour-long presentation, the youths asked Mitchell a variety of questions, including what kind of education one needs to become a reporter, how many hours a reporter might work in a given week and how many stories a reporter might write from week-to-week.
In addition, the youths learned about the importance of teamwork, gathering accurate information for use in stories, taking photographs that help the writer tell a story and maintaining connections with people who live in the community a reporter serves.
As part of Mitchell's visit, the students presented her with a draft of their first issue of "News from Moose," which the students said was named after the animal the fourth grade team chose as this year's mascot. The students went through each story published in the newsletter with Mitchell, at which time the group talked about the importance of re-reading articles for clarity, accuracy and typographical errors.
Going forward the students will continue to hone their note-taking and writing skills, with a little help from Mitchell and the Journal staff.