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On the Air: Ten-Year-Olds Anchor the News on Playground Rules and Dress Code Divas

Magazine article Technology & Learning

On the Air: Ten-Year-Olds Anchor the News on Playground Rules and Dress Code Divas

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"These guys don't sweat," said Daun Korkow, Super 6 Daily News director and program coordinator at Gilbert Elementary School in Las Vegas. He's referring to his fourth and fifth grade anchors who broadcast real news every school day, assisted by colleagues in grade three, and often pursuing interviews among first graders.

Gilbert, a magnet school for 144 students in grades one through five, targets communications and creative arts, using a sophisticated, yet simple set of equipment to help a highly motivated group of kids produce a children's version of a professional newscast every day.

"It's a real studio and a real news attitude, reporting on national, community, and school news," says Korkow. All fifth graders must write a script. Sixteen fourth and fifth graders rotate through anchor positions; grade five will mentor grade four so they don't get embarrassed and make mistakes. Second graders read the daily lunch menu, white newbies, the six-year-olds, may capture airtime with insights such as "I like pizza. …

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