Tomorrow is a great day for my journalism club! We are publishing our first issue of the “Eagle Eye News.” This has been in the works since January when the club began. Although my classrooms have dabbled in journalism and managed an “occasional” school newspaper for a couple of years, this is the first time I have opened it up to all fifth graders to create an after school club.
I have 11 journalists who stay after school one day every week. They write about all of the news in the elementary school and cover sports and other extracurricular activities. They do some of their interviewing and photography during the school day and at games. We are also blessed to have a mom who helps each week. She has been invaluable.
My reporters have been working hard and now the time has finally come. We are going to digitally publish it tomorrow (and naturally we will print a few copies for souvenirs). Of course, we plan to celebrate the publication of our first issue. I am baking a pan of brownies as I type. I know they are as excited as I am!
It is a wonderful time for my journalists. It is my hope that we will be able to publish at least two more issues before school ends in May. My journalists have a voice. I want to give them every opportunity to use it.