Future Reporters, the Making-Off

Kilohana School second-graders learned how to interview famous people, taking an advantage of a hands-on workshop offered by Kamehameha Schools and The Molokai Dispatch. A week earlier, Kaunakakai School second-graders went through the same workshop.

Elementary School students take journalism workshop

By the Dispatch Staff

The Molokai Dispatch staff inspired second-graders at Kilohana and Kaunakakai schools with hands-on journalism workshops. The little students loved to learn about the life of a reporter, and everyone said at the end of the workshop that they want to be a reporter when they grow up.

Todd Yamashita and Léo Azambuja conducted the workshop at Kaunakakai School on Feb. 27. Jennifer Smith and Léo Azambuja conducted the workshop at Kilohana School on March 6. Alestra Menendez and Kilia Purdy, from Kamehameha Schools, organized the workshop.

Prior to the workshop, the children had been learning about reporting and putting together a newspaper. In the workshop, they learned how to ask the main questions during an interview, and also the technical aspects of putting together a newspaper.

In the second half of the workshop, the future journalists paired up with their classmates to play reporter and interviewee. Each child could choose to be whoever they wanted to be. Some decided to be professional surfers, others decided to be hunters, teachers, or hula dancers. There was even a Hanna Montana and a Britney Spears.

Mahalo to Kamehameha, Kilohana, and Kaunakakai schools for providing the Dispatch staff such a fun time. We hope to continue the partnership as much as possible.



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