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The Challenge: Involving Young People in the Reporting of World Events
What's In The News is a weekly 15 minute current events program produced by Penn State Public Broadcasting, WPSX-TV3, and accessible to one-third of the 4th to 7th graders nationwide. The challenge was to find a way to draw these students into the news, and create a means for them to share their thoughts on the issues beyond their classroom walls.

The Solution: Kidstimes.org

Kid's Times (Kidstimes.org) is an online, interactive environment where students can respond, and even contribute to, the What's In The News program. Students can submit written or video stories, which are posted on the Kid's Times web site by WPSX, where they are viewed by other students worldwide. When kids log onto the website, they can also take online surveys and search the website for specific topics.

The creation of Kidstimes.org allows the WPSX team to immediately change the focus of the program to meet the needs of its audience. At the time of the tragic events of September 11th, Kidstimes.org became an extremely important tool to get kids to understand terrorism and discuss their feelings, as well as bringing comfort to them by assuring them that they were safe.

 

To see Kid's Times in action, visit http://www.kidstimes.org.
For more information about WPSX, visit http://www.wpsx.psu.edu.


Ajamil Calloway
Albert Calloway,
Project Manager/Utilization Coordinator, What's In The News
 "What's In The News is an instructional program that's broadcasted to over 30 states ..."


Producer/Director:
   Betsy Hutton
Project Manager:
   Ajamil Calloway
Project Assistant:
   Stuart Merkel
Web Designer:
   Corey Johnston
Database/Backend Designer:
   Tom Wilson


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